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The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

  Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Written by: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves
Links: The Matrix Revolutions on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Sci-Fi

This movie gets: 4.00 (1 rating)
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"Thank God it's over" - a review by em_fiction

I think David says it best when he said "what started off with a bang ends with a whimper". I, myself, am not a particular fan of the Matrix series - I don't like all this creation of philosophies and confusion between realities. I don't find it very appealing. And if anyone remembers all that verbal diarrhoea that came out of the Architect (from The Matrix Reloaded (2003)), they'd most likely know what I'm talking about.

A lot of people I know have walked out of the cinema quite pissed off after watching Revolutions. By now, everyone has probably seen it so I won't even bother explaining the plot that, well, isn't really worth explaining.

The Matrix series strikes me as one of the biggest failures ever. It's not hard to see why it started to go down the drain after Reloaded - it was the lack of Matrix action. The original The Matrix (1999) introduced bullet time. This became an almost revolutionary influence on the action genre. Everyone got to experience the new, stylish action where things freeze and spin and all this other fancy stuff like watching bullets pierce through the air in slow motion while soundwaves are made visible - and of course, we all loved it. To sum it up in one word, it was original.

What happened? Where did it go? Well, we saw the superb car chase in Reloaded, but the Wachowski brothers (Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski) made the bad, bad decision of turning to Zion for plot. What is Zion? Zion is a cave where mankind now live. So what? Who cares? The first Matrix went by the simple formula which was: minimum filthy Zion, maximum cool Matrix action. And because of that it's now #33 on the IMDb Top 250. But boy, that sure as hell turned around and the trilogy got fucked over big time.

This supposed "war" that is taking over Zion is a really bad attempt at plot and we've seen it all a kazillion times before in other bad sci-fi films. My friend made a very valid statement when he pointed out "These people can build all this high tech machinery, thousands of giant robots, hundreds of amazing hovering ships, all for warfare... but they're living in caves!!"

What happened to Matrix action? What happened to bullet time? One would argue that there was the fight between Neo and Smith at the end, but I really don't wanna get started on why it was bad.

The Matrix Revolutions isn't the final Matrix instalment; it's the sequel to Battlefield Earth (2000).

em_fiction gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 9 Dec 2003

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Reader comments

  1. Nice one son. Well reviewed. I'd give it a 4 too.

    Rating given: 4

    A comment from Andrew Jones (http://www.melbourneteens.com) on Tue 09 Dec 2003 23:56 #

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