After many years of waiting, the fourth instalment in The Matrix franchise is nearly here. Keanu Reeves is back as Neo, alongside Carrie-Ann Moss as Trinity.
This cyberpunk, sci-fi epic is one of the most anticipated films of the year, but it's also releasing during a global pandemic. Therefore, many viewers may be wondering if there’s a way to watch it from home.
Like other Warner Bros. films this year such as Dune, The Matrix 4 will be getting a dual cinema and HBO Max release in the US. If you’re in the UK and are wondering what your options are, we have everything you need to know.
When does The Matrix Resurrections release?
The Matrix Resurrections releases on 22 December 2021, which is just a few months away.
If you’d like a taste of what’s to come, you can take a look at the full explosive trailer for the film below. The story appears to show what the world would be like if Neo and Trinity took the blue pill:
Where to buy The Matrix Resurrections tickets
In the UK, The Matrix 4 will only release in cinemas. Pre-orders for tickets aren’t yet live, but you should be able to get them from the likes of Vue, Odeon, Cineworld, Empire and Showcase.
If you’d prefer to watch the film at home in the UK, then we do have a method for this.
How to watch The Matrix Resurrections on HBO Max in the UK
The Matrix 4 will release on HBO Max in the US on the same day it hits theatres. To watch it, you must have an ad-free account with HBO Max, which costs $14.99 per month – you can sign up over on the HBO Max website.
HBO Max is exclusive to the US. However, there is a way to watch it here in the UK: by using a mobile phone and a VPN.
Having a VPN (virtual private network) allows you to reroute your IP address so you can browse the internet as if you’re based in another country - in this case it would the US.
Once you’ve chosen your VPN, you'll need to get over the hurdle of payment information.
Billing information for HBO Max
For the next step, you’ll need the HBO Max app. We have successfully tested this method using NordVPN - based on our experience of accessing HBO Now from the UK.
Once you've signed up for your VPN of choice, you'll need to download it on either your iOS or Android device. The HBO Max website currently only allows you to sign up if you have a payment card that's tied to the US. If you don't have that, here are the steps you should take:
- Launch your VPN on your iOS/Android device and connect to a US server
- Create a new Apple ID/Google Play account in your browser that's tied to the US (leave the country blank)
- Register your new account on your iOS/Android device app store
- You should now have access to the US app store - download and install the HBO Max app
- Tap 'skip' if the app store asks you to add payment information to your account
- Create a new account in the HBO Max app with your email address and password
- Use PayPal as your method of payment (this can be a UK account)
- Once your account is verified, you can sign in from any device
We have had reports of people not being able to install HBO Max on iOS as the app store forces users to register their payment details within the app store, and doesn't accept UK PayPal if you try to register with this account.
If this happens to you, we recommend purchasing US App Store credit via a digital gift card - which can be added as a US payment option.
This can be bought from places such as Amazon US, though there are other retailers available - you'll need a website that allows you to pay with UK bank details. The typical minimum amount you can purchase will be $25 - enough to cover one month's subscription of HBO Max.
If you set your email address as the recipient, the code to redeem the money will be sent to your inbox. When you come to add the payment information, select 'redeem gift card or code', and you should be able to add the money as credit on your account.
With this, you should then be able to sign up for an HBO Max account - and you should be able to change your payment information back to your UK PayPal via the website to avoid having to pay for a new gift card every single time.
You should now be able to watch HBO Max as if you were in the US, providing you have a VPN on the device you're using - you'll need to use the VPN every time you want to watch something.
Will The Matrix Resurrections come to UK VOD services and DVD?
The Matrix 4 will eventually come to UK streaming services and DVD, but it will be at least a few months after the initial cinematic debut. Once we know more information, we’ll update this article.
You can however watch the previous three films over on Netflix UK right now.