By: John M Jerva
The argument between PG-13 action films and R rated action films is a strong one among genre fans and one that can get heated. What makes a good action film? Does an action movie have to be adults only to be high-octane? Well everyone can make their cases but I for one don’t have a preference. If it’s a movie I like and has decent action in it then the rating doesn’t matter to me. Sure I like a good bloody action flick and who doesn’t but if a PG-13 film still delivers the goods without a ton of bloodshed then I’m game…pure and simple.
Well fans of The Matrix franchise that were fearing a PG-13 rating for the long awaited fourth entry The Matrix Resurrections can rest easy and breath a sigh of relief. The film is officially rated R for “violence and some language”, per Film Ratings.
This continues the streak for the groundbreaking genre bending franchise as all three previous movies were R rated to although I felt the violence level for each was standard.
The official synopsis that dropped a few weeks back reads:
The Matrix Resurrections is helmed by Lana Wachowski from a script co-penned by David Mitchell, Aleksander Hemon and Wachowski herself. Returning cast members include Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith Daniel Bernhardt, and Lambert Willson. New additions for the fourth film include Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas Telma Hopkins, Eréndira Ibarra, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Brian J. Smith, and Christina Ricci.
The Matrix Resurrections hits screens and HBO Max simultaneously on December 22, 2021.