Throughout the entire of the unique Matrix trilogy, and now the newly launched The Matrix Resurrections, the human programmer Thomas Anderson / resistance fighter Neo (Keanu Reeves) is the unambiguous protagonist of the sequence, bending spoons and performing kung-fu because the messianic chosen one recognized merely as “the One.”
However as a hero, Neo is simply as exceptional as his nemesis Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), the leering face of an antagonistic system that grows right into a formidable and terrifying drive unto himself. Agent Smith performs a key function in The Matrix Resurrections, however like most all the pieces within the film, it’s extra sophisticated than a mere look. The film recollects the origins and arc of Smith; the agent isn’t just a thorn in Neo’s aspect, however a specter he can’t dwell with out.
[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers for The Matrix Resurrections.]
Smith, as performed by Hugo Weaving within the unique trilogy, is a man-made intelligence who belongs to a category of applications often called “Brokers.” Assuming the type of a white male in a nondescript black swimsuit sporting a pair of darkish sq. frameless sun shades and earpiece, Brokers are basically sentient safety applications tasked with eliminating anybody or something that might both threaten the soundness of the Matrix or threatens to reveal its true nature. They’re by far probably the most deadly combatant within the Matrix; impossibly quick, superhumanly sturdy, and able to manifesting by means of any program or human being plugged into the Matrix.
Smith is first launched in 1999’s The Matrix the place, alongside his fellow Brokers Brown and Jones, is tasked with abducting Anderson/Neo of their overarching mission to search out and get rid of the human resistance. Of his counterparts, Smith demonstrates probably the most seen disdain and contempt for humanity, evaluating them to a “virus” that have to be contained or exterminated. Throughout his interrogation of Morpheus, Smith goes as far as to admit his hatred for current within the Matrix and his desperation to flee it. Following a protracted confrontation, Smith manages to kill Neo through the unique movie’s finale, just for Neo to be resurrected and at last totally manifest his talents as “the One.” Neo then defeats Smith by leaping inside Smith’s physique, destroying this system from the within earlier than safely unplugging from Matrix.
Regardless of his obvious dying, Smith returns in 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded, confronting Neo shortly after his second assembly with the Oracle. Though not sure of the particularities of his personal resurrection, Smith explains that when Neo destroyed him by destroying his code from the within out, some semblance of Neo’s personal powers imprinted onto Smith within the course of. When Smith returned to the supply and was confronted with the ultimatum of deletion, he rebelled; turning into an “exile” program and subsequently returning to the Matrix. There, Smith discovered that though he might not journey throughout the Matrix by way of the possession of anybody related to the system, having misplaced that potential for him not being an “Agent” of the Matrix, he found that he had manifested one other potential as an alternative: the facility to assimilate anybody, human or program, and thereby cloning his persona and presence.
Whereas Neo and the resistance have been preoccupied with battling the Merovingian and the Matrix’s new brokers with the intention to fulfill the prophecy of the One, Smith set about assimilating an increasing number of folks and applications throughout the Matrix, rising right into a sentient omnipotent virus that threatened the soundness of the Matrix. Maybe much more terribly, Smith’s potential to duplicate his presence was able to manifesting in the true world, as seen within the case of Bane, a human resistance fighter who was assimilated whereas plugged into the Matrix and who remained possessed by Smith after jacking out. The rising instability caused by Smith’s subversive takeover of the Matrix posed a typical menace to each the people and the machines, one which Neo used as leverage with the intention to dealer a truce between the 2 sides. In alternate for defeating Smith, the Machines will stop their hostilities in the direction of Zion, the final human metropolis, and permit any human being who needs to depart the Matrix to take action.
Through the climax of their last battle on the finish of The Matrix Revolutions, Neo permits himself to be assimilated by Smith and deleted, together with each different copy of Smith throughout the Matrix. There are a number of competing theories as to what precisely transpired after Smith assimilated Neo, together with a really elaborate notion that Smith was in actual fact “the One,” not Neo. The occasions of The Matrix Resurrections, nonetheless, would appear to undermine this idea. These competing interpretations apart, the consequence itself stays the identical: Smith is defeated, the Matrix is rebooted, the machines name off their assault on Zion, and a fragile peace between the people and machines is established by means of Neo’s sacrifice.
Sixty years following the conclusion of The Matrix Revolutions, Smith returns in The Matrix Resurrections (within the type of Jonathan Groff). Within the wake of a civil battle between the Machines that occurred because of their truce with the people, the Matrix has as soon as once more been rebooted, this time by a brand new program often called The Analyst. Along with his earlier avatar destroyed on the finish of The Matrix Revolutions, Smith has been resurrected in a brand new physique and reintegrated into the Matrix. Regardless of having misplaced his potential to duplicate himself, Smith nonetheless has retained all the reminiscences of his earlier incarnation, together with his freedom from the system of the Matrix. The Analyst introduced Smith again for one goal: to maintain tabs on Neo and guarantee that he’s unable to depart the Matrix once more.
Whereas Smith continues to harbor hatred in the direction of Neo, he’s unable to behave on that hatred for the truth that The Analyst asserts management over him. That is why Smith, together with the Merovingian and a gaggle of exile applications that survived the purge of the Matrix, assault Neo and the crew of Mnemosyne. After Neo as soon as once more defeats Smith, the latter chooses to assist defeat The Analyst when Neo is ready to persuade trinity to depart the Matrix. Smith’s standing by the top of The Matrix Resurrections is left unclear, although it’s strongly implied that the defeat of The Analyst has enabled Neo’s long-time adversary some measure of much-desired freedom.
Whereas it’s unsure in what type the story of the Matrix will proceed, if in any respect, it’s doubtless that Neo, Trinity, and the denizens of IO may have not seen the final of Smith’s machinations.