The Matrix Revolutions
Well it’s finally happened; almost four years after the ground-breaking The Matrix was unleashed on an unsuspecting audience, the final instalment of the Trilogy is upon us.
The Matrix Revolutions picks up right where The Matrix Reloaded left off – Neo (Keanu Reeves) is still in a comatosed state, the machines are still burrowing towards the underground city of Zion and Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) is still roaming free within the Matrix.
With the inevitable destruction of the real world and the destruction of the Matrix by Agent Smith, things don’t look good – especially when Neo finally awakens to discover that he is trapped in a world between the real world and the Matrix.
A desperate race to rescue Neo is launched by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) with the help of the remaining heroes. Unfortunately the one person who has access to Neo is Merovingian (Lambert Wilson) who is more than pleased that he has the saviour at his mercy. He is more than willing to trade Neo for something that he wants – the eyes of the Oracle (now being played by Mary Alice due to the unfortunate death of Gloria Foster after The Matrix Reloaded).
Can Neo be rescued before Zion falls to the machines? And if he can be rescued can he stop Agent Smith destroying everything else?
Once again the screenplay is full of clunky dialogue and a lot of thesaurus-heavy philosophy. The first part of the film deals with the now obligatory meeting with The Oracle which throws up more questions than it answers. In fact the majority of the first act deals with even more mumbo-jumbo and it is almost as if it’s washed over from the second film and requires cleaning up before the real action can start.
Speaking of action it’s much better in the ‘real’ world of Zion with an impressive set piece of hundreds of sentinels attacking the city while the humans try to stave them off with some awesome robotic weaponry. The real world fights tend to be better than the action within the Matrix as at least its more brutal and gritty than the now stylised (or dare I say boring) immortality virtual shenanigans – wow it must be the thesaurus-heavy philosophy from the film that’s having this effect on me.
Most of the performances now very well oiled and have a strange effect of becoming less impressive and more mundane as the films have progressed. The three main principles - Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves – seem to sleepwalk their way through the film. Only Hugo Weaving manages to raise the acting stakes by being one of the few interesting characters and for having a sense of humour about the whole affair.
The Matrix Revolutions is a strange film much like the one before it – it never manages to reach the dizzy heights of the first film, but there are enough spectacular moments and ground-breaking action scenes to counteract the hokey monologues and dire philosophies to make the films entertaining enough.
Having now seen The Matrix Reloaded for the second time, it was not as good the second time round and whether this one manages to withstand multiple viewings is debatable. Like the previous film, it’s a strange case of criticising a movie a lot but at the end of the review it scores quite well – shame the conclusion of this amazing trilogy doesn’t wrap up all the loose ends and questions as well as it could have. Style over substance as opposed to the first film which was style and substance.
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