Neo, Morpheus, and Trinity will finally reemerge in The Matrix: Resurrections. But with so many new movie releases closing out 2021, it’s hard to keep up with dates, theater-only exclusives, and streaming + theater hybrids.
Popular films such as Spider-Man: No Way Home will be a theater experience, but Dune arrived as a day-and-date drop on HBO Max and in theaters. So, what’s the case for seeing Keanu Reeves in The Matrix 4?
‘The Matrix: Resurrections’ heading to theaters and HBO Max
All the Matrix: Resurrections clips have fans riled up about seeing Reeves’ return to the big screen as one of his most iconic characters. It’s for good reason. With more than 45 million views for the first trailer alone, it’s a given that fans will flock to see the movie. And they can either watch it at a theater or stream it on HBO Max.
According to a press release from WarnerMedia, The Matrix: Resurrections will show on two mediums:
… the next film in the groundbreaking franchise that redefined a genre, reunites original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in the iconic roles they made famous, Neo and Trinity. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures in theaters nationwide and on HBO Max via the Ad-Free plan on December 22, 2021; it will be available on HBO Max in 4K UHD, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos (English only) on supported devices for 31 days from theatrical release.
Keanu Reeves recommends watching ‘The Matrix’ trilogy
In a now-viral interview with Esquire, Reeves spoke humbly about his career, friendships, and a few movie recommendations. For those who may be surprisingly unfamiliar with his work, he suggests getting into the first three Matrix movies. But that’s for its sheer storytelling.
When the famous Wachowski siblings sent him the first script, he was immediately attracted to its themes about reality and mind control.
“I’d had some of that thought training, reading about multi personality universes and perspectives. So when I came across the script, thinking about this reality and this matrix, and then anime agents and the idea of thought control or what’s reality, and virtual reality—yeah, I felt pretty at home in those,” said Reeves.
“Those are stories and perspectives on storytelling that I prefer. There’s always a relationship — a drama, a circumstance — in storytelling. But for me, it’s cool when a work of art can entertain but also be inspirational or challenging or — I’m gonna bring up ye olde Bard — hold the mirror up. It’s much more rewarding because it means that you’re getting into it. Asking questions. Looking at the diamond and seeing which ways the light refracts and reflects. It can be everything from ‘Be excellent to each other’ in the circumstances of Bill and Ted, and those characters going against all odds, to The Matrix, which is, you know, ‘What truth?’ Confronting systems of control and thinking about will, and love, and who we are and how we are,” he added.
Here’s where to watch ‘The Matrix’ trilogy
For those who want to reacquaint themselves with The Matrix movies before Dec. 22, look no further than HBO Max. The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions are all available on the streamer. It should be noted that in order to watch the new film, a subscription to HBO Max’s $14.99 per month plan is required.
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The Matrix trilogy is one of the most popular Sci-Fi franchises of all time, with the first movie earning the 15th slot in Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Movies of the 90s list.
Warner Bros. just dropped the first trailer for The Matrix Resurrections, a long-awaited fourth film in the series, which is set to be released in theaters and available for streaming on December 22, 2021.
If you haven’t seen the original Matrix trilogy — or haven’t in a while — here are all the way to catch up.
How to Stream The Matrix Films Online
All three Matrix films are available for streaming on HBO Max, a premium subscription service that gives you unlimited access to all of the channel’s shows, and a wide selection of movies. An HBO Max subscription costs $14.99 per month.
HBO doesn’t offer a free trial to for its streaming service directly, but Hulu subscribers can sign up for a one week free trial as an add-on subscription. If you subscribe to Hulu, you can use this feature to stream all of the Matrix films (and anything else available on HBO Max) for free. A basic Hulu plan costs $5.99 per month, so you can actually save $9 by using this method if you plan on binge watching all three movies.
How to Rent or Buy The Matrix Films Digitally
If you don’t want to subscribe to another streaming service, you can rent or buy The Matrix, The Matrix: Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions in HD on Amazon’s Prime Video service.
A digital video rental costs $3.99, and comes with the following terms: You 30 days to start watching the film, and 48 hours to finish it.
Amazon charges $14.99 to purchase a digital copy of each Matrix film on Prime Video. You can watch movies in your Prime Video library as many times as you’d like, so this is a good option if you plan on watching The Matrix several times.
How To Watch The Matrix In 4K
If you want to watch the original Matrix movies in the highest possible quality, the only option is getting the films on 4K Blu Ray. This format allows you to watch the movies at twice the resolution of a standard Blu Ray, and supports features Dolby Atmos sound for the most immersive audio experience.
Watching the 4K Blu Ray of The Matrix on a premium TV and audio system is the closest you’ll get to the experience of watching the films in a movie theater. The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and Matrix Revolutions are all available on the 4K Blu Ray format on Amazon.
Keep in mind you’ll need a 4K Blu Ray player to read these discs, a standard Blu Ray player cannot play them. If you have a standard Blu Ray player, you’ll be able to watch the entire trilogy in 1080P buy getting them as part of boxed set. Amazon charges about $13 for the Blu Ray boxed set of The Matrix, which is an excellent value.
Where to watch The Matrix trilogy in the UK and US
Ready to take the red pill? Here's all the places to stream and buy The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions in the UK and the US
December is here, and that means that there's only a few weeks until The Matrix Resurrections releases, which will be the fourth instalment in the cyberpunk, dystopian series.
The Matrix isn’t exactly the easiest plot to understand, and if you want a refresher on what the story entails (or you just want to experience all of the awesome action scenes again), then we have you covered. Here’s all the places to watch The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions in the UK and the US.
You can also read up on how to watch The Matrix Resurrections on HBO Max in the UK and find out when tickets for The Matrix Resurrections go on sale.
Where to watch The Matrix trilogy in the UK
All three films are available to stream via a Now Cinema Membership. You can get a seven-day free trial for the service if you’re a new customer – after that, an account costs £9.99 per month.
Watch The Matrix on Now
Watch The Matrix Reloaded on Now
Watch The Matrix Revolutions on Now
Right now, the platform is offering a discounted bundle for its Cinema and Entertainment Memberships.
The Matrix trilogy was on Netflix UK earlier this year, but it was taken off in November and moved over to Now.
You can rent and buy digital editions of all three Matrix films from the following places:
Amazon Prime Video
Currently, you can get the box set of all three films and The Animatrix from Google Play for just £9.99. However, all the stores above also offer each film separately.
The Animatrix isn't available on any streaming platform, so you'll have to buy/rent it if you want to watch this as well.
Alternatively, if you prefer physical media, then you can get The Matrix trilogy box set from the following places:
Where to watch The Matrix trilogy in the US
There are two options for streaming The Matrix Trilogy in the US. The first is on the Warner Bros. owned streaming service, HBO Max.
You can sign up for either an ad-supported account for £9.99 per month or an ad-free account for £14.99 per month. The latter will also allow you to watch The Matrix Resurrections when it is released on 22 December.
Watch The Matrix on HBO Max
Watch The Matrix Reloaded on HBO Max
Watch The Matrix Revolutions on HBO Max
You can also watch The Matrix Trilogy on Hulu, the Disney-owned streaming service with shows such as Only Murders in the Building and The Handmaid’s Tale. This comes in slightly cheaper than HBO Max, at $6.99 for ad-supported viewing and $12.99 for ad-free viewing.
There's also a bundle that includes Disney+ and ESPN+ for $13.99 per month.
Watch The Matrix on Hulu
Watch The Matrix Reloaded on Hulu
Watch The Matrix Revolutions on Hulu
Alternatively, if you’d rather own The Matrix trilogy, you can get a digital copy from the following stores:
Amazon Prime Video
In addition, you can also grab all three Matrix films on DVD/Blue-Ray from the following retailers: