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January 26, 2011  | by: Vanessa Douglas

Keanu Reeves as 'Neo' in The Matrix

Ever since the release of The Matrix in 1999, the film franchise has become a staple in the world of science fiction. Created by the Wachowskis, the Matrix trilogy has garnered a huge and diverse fan base due to its highly stylized visuals and complex plot.

Influenced by different religions, historical and mythological references, literature, and other sci-fi films, as well as Japanese animation, such as Ghost in the Shell, many loved the sci-fi films, though they were criticized for being too similar to other works.

Many Matrix fans will be happy to hear that there is news of a fourth (and possibly a fifth) film, and according to Keanu Reeves, who plays the revered Neo,  this new installment will “truly revolutionize” the genre of action movies. The film will be shot in 3D, which seems to be the standard for movies these days, but Reeves promises not to disappoint.

Though this recent announcement is certainly exciting, it is questionable whether this fourth film will deliver. This news fortunately confirms that Neo must not have died in the last installment, but the last two films, The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) were not as impressive as the first (yet still quite entertaining). Hopefully Keanu will live up to his word and bring us something completely unexpected, though it is guaranteed that fans will remain faithful no matter what.

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