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The Matrix Resurrections runtime confirmed as longest in the franchise

Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss both return as Neo and Trinity in the new movie

By Ella Kemp

A still from The Matrix Resurrections trailer
Carrie-Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves in 'The Matrix Resurrections' (Credit: Warner Bros/YouTube)

The Matrix Resurrections is set to be the longest film in the Wachowskis’ sci-fi franchise, it’s been confirmed.

The film revealed its runtime via the British Board of Film Classification, clocking in at 148 minutes in total. The first film runs for 136 minutes, while the sequels Reloaded and Revolutions are 138 and 129 minutes long respectively.

Reactions have started to pour in for the new film, which sees Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity respectively for the first time in 18 years.

Consequence‘s Liz Shannon Miller wrote on Twitter of Resurrections: “It’s not perfect. There are some moments that might be complete and utter nonsense. But while THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS broke my heart, #TheMatrixResurrections… did the other thing. And I’m just so happy about that.”

Matt Patches of Polygon called the film the best of the year, describing it as “So angry, so joyous, so fun.”

However, critics remain divided on the film, with The New York Times‘ Kyle Buchanan criticising the film’s action sequences.

“MATRIX RESURRECTIONS is much more meta than you’re expecting, locking on to the original film like a Sonic & Knuckles cartridge so it can remix and riff to Lana W’s delight,” he wrote.

“Loved all that, loved the love story, loved gay actors throwing punches. But action is surprisingly blah!”

Reeves and Moss will be joined by Jonathan Groff and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who will be taking over the roles of Smith and Morpheus from Hugo Weaving and Laurence Fishburne.

The Matrix Resurrections will be released in cinemas worldwide on December 22.