Back in 1999, American pop culture was forever changed with the release of The Matrix. Since then countless references to the movie have been made in other films, TV shows, and day-to-day conversations. The two sequels that came out in 2003 were less impactful, but didn’t disrupt The Matrix’s influence.

Now, almost twenty years later, the franchise continues with The Matrix Resurrections, bringing back Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss playing their iconic roles of Neo and Trinity. 

Our ATMI youth producers got together virtually to discuss the movie, how it compares to the first three entries, its divisive response from fans, and its meta-commentary on its own place in pop culture.

The discussion was led by ATMI producer Kendrick Whiteman.

Hosted by Yule Zhang.

Roundtable edited by Ormund Alaois. 

Music by Kendrick Whiteman. 


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