Film Reviews

THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS

By • Oct 27th, 2003 •

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Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment a Silver Pictures production
Running time — 129 minutes / MPAA rating: R

What made THE MATRIX so clever was the nagging conceit (like the Hindu concept of Maya) that each one of us was inside The Matrix, happily going along thinking we were in the Real World yet deceptively programmed and manipulated by a sinister force known as The Machine World inside the construct known as The Matrix. The story was rooted in everyday life. Mr. Anderson (Keanu Reeves) was a faceless employee who worked in a cubicle. He was thrust inside another world where he had powers. He was let in on the secret.

THE MATRIX RELOADED left ordinary life, as we know it, behind. Mr. Anderson is now fully realized as Neo. He is otherworldly, priestly, severe, and re-named “The One” by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne). Neo has found Zion, the underground city that is populated with people who know about the false world of The Matrix. They want to stop the Machines and rebuild society. It ends abruptly with Neo comatose. There is the final shot of another man, Bane (Ian Bliss), also comatose.

REVOLUTIONS opens with Neo in limbo symbolized by a sterile train station. He meets Sati (Tanveer Atwal) and her parents, who tell Neo they are programs waiting for the Trainman (Bruce Spence). Sati is going to stay with the Oracle (Mary Alice).

Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Morpheus are told by The Oracle that Neo is stuck between worlds. The Trainman is controlled by RELOADED’s gay French braggart, Merovingian (Lambert Wilson). Along with Mifune (Nathaniel Lees), Trintiy and Morpheus confront Merovingian at his S&M nightclub. They demand Neo’s release. Thankfully, Merovingian keeps his silly philosophizing brief. The gorgeous Persephone (Monica Bellucci) passively behaves herself this time. They are in matching red outfits. Trinity’s expert gunplay ransoms Neo, via the train, from limbo.

Neo visits The Oracle who continues to say nothing with an aura of contented authority. The Machines have found Zion’s protective door and are planning an attack. Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) has gotten stronger and is replicating. He intends to take over Zion, the Machine World, and The Matrix.

The brilliance of REVOLUTIONS is in the battle scenes between The Machines and Zion’s military. Neo is not involved in the heroic fight but Zee (Nona Gaye) and a friend ably defend Zion. Morpheus, once the sage of Zion, is now just another crew member. Niobe (Jada Pinkett) comes to Neo’s aid and, returned to power, Neo goes to The Machine World and talks to its core. Remember STAR TREK 5: THE FINAL FRONTIER? This is the weakest point of REVOLUTIONS. It is quite unimaginative for a story that began so promising. Neo’s finale, which I will not expose here, is defiantly unsatisfying. It is as if TheWachowski Brothers got tired and just decided to wrap the damn thing up.

Some great stories should not be expanded to three movies.

There is no doubt that too much money was lavishly spent. The battle scenes and Neo’s fight with Agent Smith were prodigiously indulged. But the striking joy of THE MATRIX was its philosophical freshness. REVOLUTIONS merely ends as an epic sci-fi adventure without a compelling spine.


Credits:
Directors-screenwriters: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Producer: Joel Silver
Executive producers: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Grant Hill, Andrew Mason, Bruce Berman
Director of photography: Bill Pope
Production designer: Owen Paterson
Editor: Zach Staenberg
Costume designer: Kym Barrett
Visual effects supervisor: John Gaeta
Music: Don Davis

Cast:
Neo: Keanu Reeves
Morpheus: Laurence Fishburne
Trinity: Carrie-Anne Moss
Agent Smith: Hugo Weaving
Niobe: Jada Pinkett Smith
The Oracle: Mary Alice
Sati: Tanveer Atwal
Persephone: Monica Bellucci
Bane: Ian Bliss
Seraph: Collin Chou
Zee: Nona Gaye
Mifune: Nathaniel Lees
Commander Lock: Harry Lennix
Link: Harold Perrineau
The Trainman: Bruce Spence
The Kid: Clayton Watson
Rama: Bernard White
Merovingian: Lambert Wilson
Ghost: Anthony Wong

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