The Matrix Revolutions picks up immediately where the cliffhanger ending of Reloaded left off. Neo is trapped in limbo between the Matrix and the real world. After talking with the Oracle, Trinity and Morpheus learn that the only one who can get him out is the Merovingian. After tense negotiations (and some gunplay), our heroes are successful in saving The One. However, theyre not out of trouble yet.
The Machines have broken into Zion and the final battle has begun. Niobe, Morpheus, and the others race back to help in the fight. Meanwhile, Neo and Trinity race to the heart of the Machine City in order to try and save the human race. But what can Neo possibly do against millions of Sentinels? And how will Agent Smith ruin things?
The Matrix Revolutions is rated R for sci-fi violence and brief sexual content.
As a big fan of the Matrix series, I was a little bit let down by The Matrix Reloaded. Fortunately, Revolutions is better than the second film. While not quite as good as the first film, its an overall more satisfying flick. Theres less philosophy and more action. While it takes around 50 minutes for it to pick up steam, the last hour and ten minutes is almost non-stop excitement. Its a very satisfying roller coaster ride and an exciting mix of action and special effects.
The visual effects are absolutely stunning. The battle in Zion between the Sentinels and the humans is jaw dropping. You really feel like the fate of the human race is at stake. The Sentinels mass in such great numbers that its mind-numbing. This is one of the best sci-fi battles in recent memory. Theres also a spectacular fight between Smith and Neo that takes place in mid-air. They fight while in flight like General Zod and Superman. As they zip and fly through the rain, the imagery is both beautiful and impressive. This film definitely raises the bar for any Superman movie to come.
As far as the acting goes lets face it. Everyone plays it a little stiff. They show very little emotion. However, the stand out character is Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith. He evolves from his reserved agent character into a full-blown mad god of the Matrix. Its a chilling (and amusing) transformation. He also ends up being one of the few characters that show any emotion, if you can believe it.
One of the good things about Revolutions is that it finally proves that our heroes arent invincible. Neo has a moment on par with Luke Skywalker getting his hand cut off in The Empire Strikes Back. That kind of thing proves that anything goes, and of course it does. Fearing for the safety of your favorite characters makes you invest a lot more emotion in them and ultimately makes the completion of their journey that much more satisfying.
Finally, the film is more or less open for a sequel. The Wachowski Brothers have said theyre done with the Matrix series, but its nice to know it can be revisited if they so choose.
What Didnt Work:
Like the second film, this one has its awkward moment. Reloaded featured a bizarre rave scene that went on too long. Revolutions features an S&M club filled with people in deviant costumes and rubber outfits. It came across as the directors acting out their fetishes on screen and it was just plain silly. Its a little hard not to snicker at a guy in a rubber shirt and pants pointing a gun and acting tough against Morpheus.
The movie also suffers from occasional lapses in logic. For example, Zion desperately needs an EMP device in order to stop the Sentinels, however they all just happen to be on the ships outside of the city. Why dont they have one in the base? Also, the fighters in the robot battle suits wear nothing more than cotton shirts and rags. This makes them very vulnerable to, well, anything. Youd think theyd at least wear a helmet or armor. However, I recognize that these situations make things much more exciting, so they are forgivable.
Wooden performances are a trademark of The Matrix, but I was hoping for just a little more emotion in the film. For example, after an incredibly dramatic harrowing escape and impossible rescue, Niobe and Morpheus deliver lines as if they just woke up from a nap. I kept waiting for Morpheus to get angry, happy, sad, or anything. Of course it didnt happen. Ironically Neo, probably the most stiff of them all, has one of the few emotional moments in the film. I wont give details, but I was impressed with his performance.
Im still pondering the ending of the film. I think I liked it, but Im not sure. I like the fact that they left it open for a sequel, but I dont like the fact that I wasnt clear on Neos final fate. I liked the subtle references to both religion and mythology, but I think they got a little too blatant when a big glowing cross briefly flashes across the screen. In fact, the giant machine monster at the end even says a variation of It is finished. I liked the fact that it was a happy ending, but I didnt like the fact that I was still left with a million lingering questions. How was Neo able to manipulate machines in the real world? What happens to the humans? What happens to the Matrix? What is the Source? And is it the cousin of The Force?? In short, dont expect this film to answer everything about the Matrix universe.
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