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- Worse than the second movie
This film is like watching the Super Bowl and havng it end in a tie. That's exactly what happens at the end--the entire war between the machines and the people ends in a draw.
Imagine if Jaws ended that way. Roy and the shark getting cozy on a couch and saying, "No hard feelings bud!"
- "Which creature in the morning goes on four feet, at noon on two, and in the evening upon three?" Riddle of the Sphinx
The first installment of the trilogy deals with birth or rebirth. The second deals with life or what we make of life and our choices. The third installment deals with death or our own and mortality; it looks like Neo or anybody involved will never become that creature that walks upon three.
It looks like Neo (Keanu Reeves) is going to have to make some Neolithic choices. While the people of Zion prepare for their eminent, annihilation Neo not knowing what the larger picture is the stress his instincts and search for a better solution.
For those people that are not interested in the big solution. We have plenty of action and agent Smith running amok or several moks are not only threatening mankind, but the matrix itself, and even more. It is threatening the machine world.
At one point, Neo finds himself in a subway station which they collect train station, between two worlds; I think that it would have been more dramatic if they had called this construct "The Waiting Room" as that's what they were called in days of old.
The Blu-ray version has all the standard extras including voiceovers picture is a picture and the initial advertisements; most of these extras repeat themselves in other extras.
The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real (Popular Culture and Philosophy)
The original Matrix should have been left as a classic, stand-alone movie. Is there any effective follow-up to a messiah tale? (I know Frank Herbert fans would argue vehemently against me.) But Hollywood always wants to capitalize on commercial success and squeeze every dollar possible out of a concept. So many story arcs and sub plots started in the second movie are abruptly dropped or never pursued in this final installment of the trilogy. It is as if the movie makers suddenly said "Oh @$%, we gotta finish this movie - QUICK!" The plot shift is so drastic and unbelievable as to be almost comical.
My Advice: See and love the first Matrix, then never, ever watch the following two movies. You'll be happier.
- The End of the Matrix Trilogy...
"The Matrix: Revolutions" is the conclusion of a trilogy that began with the highly original "The Matrix" and continued with "The Matrix Reloaded." "Revolutions", despite not really adding any new material to the legend, manages to be a surprisingly satisfying conclusion to an epic sci-fi saga, one that cut some original ground and inspired its own pop-culture phenomenon.
"Matrix: Revolutions" picks up where "Reloaded" left off, with the last human city of Zion under siege by the machines. Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus rallies the survivors to buy time for some sort of miracle. Meanwhile, Neo (Keanu Reeves), the hoped-for source of that miracle, works his way through a world that seems equal parts computer language and vaguely Christian theology toward a confrontation with the renegade program Agent Smith. Neo's quest will take him and Trinity (Carrie Ann Moss) to Machine City in search of a final showdown with Smith. The result is frenetic action, with a few welcomes instances of "bullet time" thrown in.
In lieu of adding new material to the legend, the movie features long (even overlong) computer-generated action sequences that will appeal to hard-core fans of the series. A decisive explanation for the nature of the world in which the story takes place won't be obvious from a single viewing, but perhaps that just preserves some of the mystery. Character development is limited; fans will pick up where they left off but newcomers may be confused.
This movie is well recommended to fans of the Matrix phenomenon; newcomers should seek out the original movie as a starting point....more info
The Matrix Revolutions represents a disappointing way for the science fiction trilogy to bow out. Overlong and underwhelming, The Matrix Revolutions reinforces the thinking that it's a rare movie series in which the final chapter is the strongest. In this installment, the intelligence and ideas that formed one of the cornerstones of the original The Matrix, and were still in evidence in The Matrix Reloaded, have been shunted aside in favor of computer-generated action that makes about 1/3 of this movie look like a video game on the big screen.
The problems with the film are easy enough to pinpoint. It's pretentious (this was true, at least to a degree, of its predecessors) - we're expected to approach this film with the same solemnity that the Wachowski Brothers do. The action is hackneyed - the slo-mo martial arts stuff was neat the first time, but it was already getting old by the time it was re-used in The Matrix Reloaded. Now, it's past the expiration date, and the Wachowskis fail to come up with anything genuinely new or innovative to enhance or improve upon it. The pacing is uneven - the first hour is bogged down with talking and unnecessary exposition; not until the half-way point does the energy level shoot up. And the payoff is weak. Had this been a stand-alone popcorn science fiction adventure, it might have been enjoyable, but this is a poor way to end a trilogy. Expectations built up by the first two films are not fulfilled. One could be forgiven for anticipating something more momentous than a long shoot-'em-up followed by a glorified fistfight. And the "twist," if it can be called that, is hardly earthshaking.
The Matrix Revolutions begins where The Matrix Reloaded ended - with Neo (Keanu Reeves) in a coma after defeating a few sentinels. Actually, his mind is stuck in a sort of limbo (that looks like a train station) between the Matrix and the Real World. Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) go in after him, and are forced to make a deal with the annoyingly cultured Merovingian (Lambert Wilson) to retrieve him. Meanwhile, Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), has found a way to escape from the Matrix in his unending quest to eliminate Neo. The machines are about to finish off Zion, and Lock (Harry J. Lennix) is running out of options. Morpheus, Link (Harold Perrineau Jr.), and Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith) decide to return to the human city, but Neo and Trinity believe their destiny lies elsewhere. So, with the fate of mankind riding on their shoulders, they head in an unexpected direction.
In recent years, the line between special effects-focused blockbusters and computer games has been shrinking, and The Matrix Revolutions further narrows the gap. All that's missing is a joystick on the theater seat arm rest. The battle for Zion should be tense and suspenseful, but the obviousness of the computer generated animation during these sequences damages the ability to suspend disbelief. I didn't ever believe that I was watching humanity's last stand. Instead, I felt like I was watching a non-playable demo for a Matrix Revolutions videogame - shoot down as many sentinels as possible before being overwhelmed. The human element is limited to a few familiar faces rather than legitimate characters we actually care about.
After playing Superman for the last movie, Neo is back to being merely mortal this time around. That makes for some degree of uncertainty about his fate, but, unfortunately, it also requires that Keanu Reeves attempt to do more than stand around looking bemused and cool in black. The Matrix Revolutions expects Reeves to act a little, but the moment he tries to show emotion, we have to fight back giggles. Sadly, Reeves isn't the only one to display acting deficiencies. His co-stars, Carrie-Ann Moss and Laurence Fishburne, are on auto-pilot. Moss tries (and fails) to make us believe that Trinty truly, madly, deeply loves Neo. Fishburne had little to do except look stern. The only ones with any real energy are Harold Perrineau Jr. and Jada Pinkett Smith, neither of whom has a lot of screen time. The gorgeous Monica Bellucci (as Persephone) is so underused that it's inappropriate to label her appearance as anything more than a cameo, with her cleavage getting most of the attention. There has been one casting change: the enigmatic Oracle is now played by Mary Alice, replacing Gloria Foster, who died during production of The Matrix Reloaded.
When The Matrix Revolutions works, it does so as eye candy. Although the first hour drags because of the pontificating about choice and fate (none of the speeches offer anything new), the second hour zips by. The battle sequences may not be as involving as those in, say, Star Wars, but they are done with enough technical savvy to retain the attention of most viewers. And those who are on hand just to see a big-budget special effects extravaganza will be satisfied. Anyone hoping to experience the blend of science fiction, philosophy, and edgy action that characterized the previous two movies will be disappointed. Nevertheless, for completists who need to find out how it ends, The Matrix Revolutions provides answers (although not necessarily to all questions) and doesn't cop out when it comes to the final resolution. ...more info
- it works
For being in "excellent" condition the case was all scuffed up as well as the case and the DVD itself was covered in rental stickers. The center of the DVD also has a small crack in it. The DVD does work and has no play glitches...more info
- Great end to the trilogy, ....... or is it?
Keanu is not given a majority of time in this movie, but there's plenty of great action! It all winds down to a satisfactory ending, but there's something about it that just makes me wonder if it's really over........more info
- 5 Stars! 1 Star! Welcome to the Desert of the Real!
We know from our indoctrination into the philosophy of the Matrix movies that there are two worlds: one is the waking dream that is the "Matrix", a world generated by the Machines to keep us shackled in illusion while we're used as living batteries. Tne second world is that of the Desert of the Real: you have no job. You have no cubicle. You have no rent-controlled apartment with a nosy landlord.
Everything you see before you, all the "evidence" of your senses, is an ambitious fraud: you are kept in a cocoon, envatted in a snare of pink fluid and dreams, convinced you live and walk and talk and breathe the air of a free man in a free society.
In other words: the Real, and the Illusory. The Wachowski Brothers have made a great flick technically (ie: the realm of the illusory): they have stormed the ramparts of what great cinema should look like, and---who knows?---stormed the ramparts of how movies should be made.
They have also churned out a flick that betrays the rich ideas of the first film. In the same spirit, and because it is unfair to "Matrix Revolutions" to judge it according to either its technical flair or its philosophical limitations, I shall provide a rare dual review, also in keeping with the dual realities of the Matrix.
MATRIX REVIEW(The World of Illusion): 5 stars out of 5. My God this movie looks great! This flick cost 150 million smackers to make, and every penny---every red cent---of that budget is up on the screen! Look at the dual, perhaps triplicate, realities the Wachowskis have conjured up: the slick, techno, ephemeral, ghost-green world of the Matrix, green-hued, lorded over by the fast-talking Merovingian, the consummate Rabbit hole-within-Rabbit-hole. So gorgeous it makes you wish you'd taken the Blue Pill. Maybe there's still time?
Anyway, the flick looks amazing. Even if you're disgusted with it, pop it back into the hopper, and look at the thing! Look at the ropy steel-and-red-burning-laser-eye contraptions of the Sentinels, or the gigantic drill that burrows through the rooftop to Zion and then plummets to the floor of the cavern below! This is simply one of the greatest, most hyper-kinetic action flicks ever filmed; the fear in the Great Hall when the battle mechas confront the swarming sentinel reeks of war and sweat and death and fear. I love it!
Classic. The fight between Neo and Agent Smith (the great Hugo Weaving in his generation-defining, massively quoted role) is one for the ages: the rain, the generic cityscape, the rows and rows and rows of Agent Smiths watching from the streets, from the windows of the otherwise vacant office buildings. Brrrr.
ZION REVIEW(The Desert of the Real): 1 out of 5 Stars. Blah! Desert of the Real is right: great characters from "The Matrix" go through the motions: Neo (Keanu Reeves)sleepwalks through his role, Morpheus (Larry Fishburne) looks like he's about ready to call out for a pizza---someone should have budgeted for Fishburne a personal trainer, or at the least put the big guy on the Atkins diet.
Trinity (the nimble Carrie Anne Moss) provides earnest eye candy. Neo (Keanu Reeves) does his Neo-thang. Nothing is resolved. Heretical yet intriguing theories provoked by "Matrix Reloaded" (the "Matrix-within-a-Matrix" theory suggested by Neo's ability to stop the sentinels in the "real" world) are nodded to and then ignored. Yes, the trailer promised us great things---"It all ends tonight"---but we get zero delivery. The huge questions---does any of this matter? Is Zion Real?---are ignored.
Alright. Real World: 1 Star. Matrix World: (all the CGI goodies and cinematic wizardry): 5 Stars. Listen to Hugo Weaving's dialogue; Weaving, as Agent Smith/Bane, completely owns this movie and gives it its black wicked heart. Bully to him! Sample the raw sheer audacious techno style of the Merovingian (the incomparable Lambert Wilson), who found French to be the superlative language of the Insult.
Ogle Monica Belluci (the luscious Persephone), who just looks ripe. Wonder how Harvard law prof and Ivy League resident crackpot ever bribed the Wachowskis to be in this movie. Just don't expect any answers, deep meaning, or conclusions. What, you thought you'd find the meaning of Life in a blockbuster flick? Sheesh.
It's stylish, it's wicked black, it bumps and grinds, it's pretty cool. Ultimately it answers none of the questions. Do you care? Take the Blue Pill! Take the Red Pill! You'll find that with "Matrix Revolutions" it makes no difference.
- Excellent sequel!
I know of friends who only saw the first Matrix movie and that is a shame, as all three parts of the trilogy belong together as the journey of Neo and the change that happens to him along the way. It is a fantastic job that has been done in keeping the quality at the top without descending into making B-grade follow up movies as is often the case with sequels.
It is a movie that can be seen on many levels. Some will see it just as a great action movie which it is, but there is so much more to this film. It is a fantastic depiction of the journey of the spiritual seeker and the difficulties that he encounters within himself as he starts pushing against the prisons of his own mind and the multitude of programs that operates and which keep us small.
It also neatly depicts the way humans are kept as 'food for the moon' in Gurdjieff's words or simply food for ultra terrestrials. In the film this is depicted as humans, being little less than cultivated biological batteries for the machines.
The story is part of a trilogy and all three parts are worth watching more than once, as you will undoubtedly see new things each time. Things that start making sense only after some time of reflection and reading. In this regard I can recommend reading the book by Ouspensky called "In Search of the Miraculous", and the book by Laura Knight-Jadczyk called "The Secret History of the World".
It's unfortunate that good movies often receive bad reviews simply because they don't live up to the hype. This was a good, fun movie. Granted the original Matrix was much better but how much of that was its newness? My only disappointment was that up to this point in the trilogy, every phenomenon had a scientifically plausible explanation. That's why it's SCIENCE FICTION. But when Neo gets to the real world and finds he can control the squiddies, that's no longer science - it's magic - and that's cheating. It's no longer science fiction but fantasy. Both are great genres, but you have to stick to one or the other. Those are the rules. If they had come up with a better explanation (like there are multiple layers of matrices) that would have been just fine by me....more info
- Better than Reloaded but still bad
Forget about substance and meaning. It's all about the fetish clothing and wu xia kung fu choreography. There are a few moments with symbolic meaning and a bit of eye candy, but overall it's very bland. They should have cut Reloaded and Revolutions down to one movie, given Monica more screen time, and shown more of the night club patrons. Two stars for being an improvement over the sequel, and for the night club scene....more info
- Jesus analogy aside, some brave choices here
You know, it's almost impossible to do a trilogy franchise and please fans of the original with episodes 2 and 3. When Reloaded came out, I listened to the masses who moaned and rolled their eyes that no one should bother and to just accept the original Matrix as the classic that it is, essentially pretending that they don't exist. When will I learn my lesson and go see for myself instead of writing things off like that?! I did the same thing with The Two Towers, which everyone told me I would hate. Well excuse me, I loved it. Every last minute. No, it wasn't Fellowship and it wasn't supposed to be, it was different and progressed the story. I feel the same way about Reloaded and Revolutions; it's essentially one enormous story (and yes, it's easy to see the Jesus and King Arthur analogies here) told in three very different films. It would be cowardice and unoriginal to duplicate the first film just to play it safe and I commend the W brothers for staying true to their vision, however and whenever that came about. I won't spoil any plot points here but there are some surprises because American audiences are accustomed to certain things and a few times this film zigs when you expect it to zag. The battle sequences at Zion are a bit long but they're well done, and while I hear a lot of griping about how they ripped off Aliens with their technology didn't we all think it was damn cool at the time and wish we'd seen it do more? I did. So here you get to see that in an insane standoff to save the city.
Reloaded and Revolutions are far more akin to one another than the original Matrix is to either and from what I hear from people in the industry, the W bros didn't know they would be doing 3 films initially so the Matrix was conceived and produced as a standalone project and then the trilogy grew out of the popularity. Now, I personally don't think that detracts from anything. Whether it was all conceived at the outset or not, they planted some very interesting seeds in The Matrix and then helped them to sprout in Reloaded and Revolutions. I liked the philosophy and ideologies lobbed out there, whether I agreed with it all or not. This franchise has balls. Once in a while I felt like the fight scenes or action got to be a bit lengthy but at the same time there was such astounding beauty within each segment it kept me hooked into it and interested.
And as for the absolute ending, all I can say is that if you need a neat and tidy Hollywood ending in order to feel satisfied (which is very common and understandable) then this will leave you frustrated or upset. I also see a corrolation between people's own attitudes about life, death and rebirth reflected in their reactions to this trilogy, though sometimes on an entirely subconscious level. I just wish I had seen them all in the theater rather than allowing myself to be swayed by the massive tidal wave of negativity I heard about the last two installments. I now own them all and I'd love to watch them in sequence sometime soon, like Lord of the Rings or the original Star Wars trilogy, to see how that brings it all together as well.
And for the love of God, let's lay off of Keanu for once! Every actor has their niche, even Jack Nicholson. Would you want to see Jack as King Lear? Probably not. I hated Keanu in Much Ado because it's not his element, but as Neo he is the perfect choice.
If you open yourself to an intense experience and let go of any expectation of seeing another Matrix, you might enjoy this film as much as I did. Again, it might help to watch even 2 and 3 together since they do have such a similar energy and really build on one another. I think this is powerful stuff that would make for some really interesting discussions with a movie group. ...more info
- last part of the Matrix Trilogy
If you're a fan of the Matrix, this one will not disappoint. The last chapter to the story, it's filled with more crazy action scenes to keep you on the edge of your seat....more info
- "oh i'm not so bad, once you get to know me"
Conclusion is what Revolutions is, bringing and ended to the explosive Matrix Trilogy. A direct continuation from Reloaded, Revolutions is once again more eye candy than anything else, with the actual Matrix getting less screen time than the first 2 films. The focus is on the great war in Zion city, against the machines. Its true, the best action and story in this movie all take place in the real world. But there is still plenty of Matrix involved, but only in the beginning and end of the film.
The ending is predictable, but the journey to reach the conclusion has smaller twists and turns along the way that are unexpected. The movie is very intense, in terms of action and cgi. It is truly a thrill ride and we finally get to see an army of mechs unleash their firepower upon the sentinels in Zion city. Neo and Smith face off in their final battle. Unlike the first Matrix, which incorporated a nice blend of realistic martial arts and wirework, this battle is more cgi and expands to the 2 barely fighting on any ground, thus limiting the true martial arts. Not a bad fight, but its ridiculously overdone and not very pretty.
Some say this movie is just plain bad, but I don't believe that is true. Most people want to compare it to the first Matrix, but independently its not a bad movie. While it is not nearly as good as the first Matrix, it is still a great movie, but just like Reloaded, the story effort is not as strong as the first Matrix, and the focus seems to be on the action. You'll want to see Reloaded before Revolutions, simply because Reloaded is part 1 and Revolutions is pt2....more info
- For Your Personal Entertainment and Edification
After the two previous films there's not a lot of need to rehash another description of the plot or the characters. After watching this it's easy to see that the seams dividing the three films are primarily there to provide logical breaks between the movies, not because they are needed. This is really one very long film and several of the themes only come to fruition here. It is time for the rebels to hunker down for the last defense of Zion and for Neo to quest for a solution that doesn't involve ending life entirely.
Simple things first. This film is a masterpiece of CGI, choreography, and stagecraft. Not simply because there are a lot of detailed evil critters running around waving tentacles, but because the animators have taken great care to make sure that the critters work together flawlessly. Battle scenes such as the defense of Zion are remarkable because of their vastness and the cruel beauty of the conflict. And the fight work, especially the final grand conflict between Neo and Smith is equally compelling. In the previous episode, I found the fighting a bit repetitious, but here everything is so under control that it appears effortless and natural.
Another thing the Wachowski's do very well here is shift between realities so well that by the end one isn't quite sure which events are happening in what layer of perception. Our only hints are when Neo starts talking to Trinity about The Light. This affirms there is something beneath the surface, even if we aren't sure what it is. It isn't really the machines on the other side of this struggle, it's Agent Smith who has become Neo's alter ego as bringer of the dark. All of this forces the viewer to accept everything as real, which is exactly the right state for viewing.
One of the layers of symbolism I found lurking in this film, unlike the pseudo-symbolism built up by the choices of names, is the steady, low-key series of Arthurian references. Much like the story of the Once and Future King this the story of hope broken and then rebuilt on the bones of failure and tragedy. It isn't until the ending sequences that Wachowski's take their gloves of and hit you over the head with Arthur/Neo, but it works quite well in context.
Obviously I liked this film much better than Matrix Reloaded. I'm not going to pretend that the film is a literary masterpiece, but it does a great job of demonstrating that action/adventure can be a lot more than brain numbing hack, kick, and slash. Two hours of total escapism. Yippee!...more info
- Everything that has a Beginning, has an End
The stunning conclusion to the Wachowski brothers "Matrix" trilogy comes to life. Highly controversial at it's release, the film has since never quite redeemed itself in eyes of the fans of the series. As a side note, this film might recieve better reception as time goes on, much like "Alien 3" although this is simply speculation.
The film begins almost the second its predecessor ended, Neo is unconcious, with the he's-got-to-be-up-to-no-good Bane lying right beside him. The film almost immediately throws itself back into the computer world with the revelation that the Morovingian isn't quite done with our leather-clad heroes yet.
One of the most interesting aspects of the film is the extended focus on the people of Zion. It frequently breaks away from the main characters to focus on the less developed ones which were introduced in the previous movie. While the ominous buzzing of the machines comes ever closer, the people of Zion prepare for what they know will be their final battle. I particularly liked the development of Kid, a character only breifly touched upon in "Reloaded" gets a nice portion of the spotlight while defending Zion.
While humans and machines clash, Morpheus, Niobe and their crew come to aid in the battle at their home. Niobe's character undergoes much development during this period, proving her loyalty to the human race.
One of the films only weaknesses is the lack of focus on Neo and Trinity, who are completely absent for a large portion of the film. Their characters never really undergo any development, with the exception of an extremely powerful sequence toward the end.
The reason that Revolutions, in my mind, was a success was because of the ending. The Wachowski brothers don't waste time showing what occurs afterwards, they simply end the story, telling it the way they wanted to tell it. This is one of the things I really like about the brothers, they don't sell out on their vision and let the filmmaking norms taking over their story. They tell their story, not the story that the audience EXPECTS or WANTS to see, but the story THEY want to tell, which is what filmmaking is really about.
If you are a die-hard fan of the Matrix or just a person who has a tendancy to like deeply misunderstood movies, watch this.
- Revolutions isn't quite the ending I envisioned
The Matrix Revolutions is a tough movie to score. First you have the greatness of the first two films to take into acount. If you judge the movie as an individual film, it is by all means great. The acting was great, visuals were awesome, and the direction was at its best. I do not consider myself a stupid person, and am not stupid. I have legitimate reasons to dislike this movie. While it is supposedly great because of it symbolism, that is not what the Matrix trilogy is trying to achieve. It is not a religion, it is a set of three films. Taking the first two films into acount, the third is pretty bad. While Revolutions answers many questions, it does not answer those from the previous films. Revolutions is more of a Matrix supplement than a real ending. Sure Zion is save, Smith is destroyed, and peace is achieved, but all the build up from the first two movies is lost. It is as if they made this movie to some two prequels that I've never seen. This film departs from the Matrix roots, and stumbles because of it. While in the first two films most of the dialogue was in riddles, this film makes up totally new riddles to answer. Take the general idea of this movie and separate it from the trilogy to get a great movie, but stick it into the Matrix, and it becomes strangely out of place. They should have done better to conclude the trilogy, but since I have no power to change this I shall have to be satisfied with it. To bad we shall never know how deep the rabbit hole truly goes......more info
- The most philosophical of the three
A lot of people were disappointed with Revolutions. There just wasn't enough fighting, enough in-your-face reality bending. Unfortunately for many people, Revolutions required you to think and to have an established amount of knowledge of many different areas: philosophy, religion, mysticism. If you can digest the many layers being handed out to you at once, you'll find Revolutions to be highly enjoyable....more info
- late delivery
Delivery took a while. Seller never replied to e.mail messages, but finally shipped the item....more info
- This is a perfect example of Capitalism.
What does Capitalism have to do with rating a movie? lets be real the first and origiinal movie the Matrix was excellent, if it was ended there we would all be still talking about! what is the Mtarix, however hollywood is about maximising profits, why not see how deep into your pockets we can go! they bring sub- stories and plot with only one thing in mind to confuse! i will not comment no more on this movie, i feel that most of you people don't really care what you watch as long as everyone is watching it too. This movie assinated this series completely and that is good. laterz folks. ...more info
- (no spoilers) good thoughts and intentions, poor execution
This movie is only moderately entertaining, but what it lacks in its odd pacing and mediocre character development it makes up in intellectual appeal. Upon reflection, it's kind of an odd mix of mass Hollywood appeal and thought-provoking ideas. In this movie, the two elements don't really mesh.
On the one hand, it has the feel of an action movie. Though I'm not much into action movies these days, the action sequences here do exceed most action movies. These sequences are visually and technically stunning, and most of them are filled with new ideas. But aside from their impressiveness, the main pitfall of this movie, and of the whole trilogy, is how it uses action - the action gives the story its texture, but it's simply too conventional. When car-chases or gunfights or karate fights begin, the viewer's mind is intentionally put on pause, and s/he's encouraged to dig into the fight and give into the adrenaline rush. It reminds me of my intense dislike for musicals; even if a musical has a good plot and sound characters, when the music is cued, everything is put on hold for song and dance, when I'm just waiting for things to continue. Likewise, the action sequences here arrest the plot development. They're still entertaining, but in a very short-lived manner. The fighting compares well with every other movie with similar fighting, but it's poorly integrated into the story of The Matrix; and even if it proves groundbreaking, its influence will dissipate as directors one-up these movies by coming up with more exciting ways to have one character chase or demolish another.
The last hour of Revolutions is told in two consecutive unrelenting battles; it results in a long-lived and exciting climax, but it turns the viewer's attention away from the film's plot, and merely towards sigh and relief when the tension stops. And for all it was worth, by the time we reach the end, the plot developments feel minor in comparison.
The ending doesn't quite feel worth it, but it does convey the thought that went into the story's structure. In retrospect, it works very well in theory; it's almost like one of those complicated gun standoffs where more three or so characters are pointing guns at each other in various directions (and in touching every single past convention, the film does contain a brief literal version of this). Only here the characters exist and influence each other on different levels and in different worlds, and they're eventually brought together by similar yet conflicting interests. Moreover, each side pointing guns is made to represent different intertwining ideas. On one level, in order to accomplish this, the movie does occasionally spell things out too clearly to the viewer with pseudo-philosophical rants; but more importantly the characters end up playing out these roles and "ideas" - the structure of the story walks the walk so to speak.
To avoid spoiling it I won't give too much away. In and of itself, the end is fairly simple, but what has continued to impress me is how the movie's sequences of events arrived there from a "perfectly balanced equation" (which we hear about in The Matrix Reloaded), that pitted two seemingly contrasting ideas on different sides in order to fulfill its purpose. There is an inevitable logic to the "solution", which speaks to the trilogy as a whole.
But as I said before, most of this is painted in cheeky Hollywood clothing, complete with Bond-like sarcasm, overuse of stunt-men and CGI-effects, and dispensable characters and side-plots. With a lesser budget and geared towards a smaller adudience, the story could have been told in a tighter and more efficient manner in three or four hours if it had less focus on fighting, and more focus on the characters and the different levels of the story. But not to ruminate on what it could have been, I was glad that the movie challenged me more than most large-scale movies and gave me something pretty to watch at the same time. Hopefully it'll raise the bar for other mainstream flicks, beyond just by giving us new ways to film people shooting each other.
- Could anyone please explain me what happened?
This movie feels forced, almost like if they had simply shot it to complete the trilogy, the death of the main characters and the ending simply left me aghast because of their absurdity. And all that quasi-philoshophical babble ends being laughable: "Cogito ergo sum vis a vis, capicci?". Why the trouble of watching three movies if at the end everything is cycled and planned beforehand by the machines? I can only marvel at how far this movie is from that "Matrix" that amazed audiences and movie critics alike and went to win 4 Oscar movie awards. Almost always the third installment is the worst in a series: Superman 3, Jaws 3, Alien 3. Don't waste your money and better go and read a good Sci-Fi novel. Carlos M. Santillan H....more info
- better then most people think
The final movie. Kill or be kill. The humans are tring their best to fight those machines they even have big machines themselves were they can go inside and control which makes it easier on them. Trinity died for good this time. And Neo in the end fight agent Smith I wish the fighting was a bit faster but what a good ending to the whole matrix series....more info
- Lacks originality and style of acts I & II
Revolutions was not a great climax to the Matrix trilogy. The first was sensational. It was stylistic, original, and thought provoking. The first time I watched it I was captivated the entire time and wanted more. Many people did not think much of Reloaded, but I personally loved it. It was not mind-bending like the first, but that wasn't its purpose. The Matrix asked the questions; Reloaded set the stage for a final resolution. I felt it did so with continued originality and style. The fight sequences were artistic and compelling. I don't know how Matrix fans could not have loved watching the result of Neo realizing the potential of his abilities. I can't help overusing the word, but the movie just overflowed with style. The architect scene was odd, but it had good dialogue and was a pretty fun change of direction.
Revolutions almost completely dropped all of those aspects that I enjoyed about the first two. Instead of original, it was filled with cliche. Most of the Zion battle seemed like it could have been made by cutting and pasting from dozens of war/action films. Other than the visual aspect, there was nothing original about the entire Zion portion of the movie. Amaze some people by how well you can pilot a ship. Can an unlikely character somehow find it in him to overcome all when nearly all hope is lost? I need not mention the overdone yet cliche Neo/Trinity scene. The Merovingian fight scenes were fun but basically a hybrid of the security guard fight from I and the medieval weapons one from II.
On the whole, I liked the culmination of the Neo storyline. The machine city, along with the train station, was one of the few aspects of the film that was original and interesting. On a fairly superficial note, I just did not enjoy the fight scenes with Smith. The stylistic choreography was replaced with two guys flying all over the place. Even more superficially, I always loved Smith's wisea-- lines from the previous films, but we didn't really get any more of those. Again, I thought the concept of the Neo storyline was good. It just felt like it was delivered a little less thoughtfully, almost as though that plot was the last to be worked out before some sort of deadline. The Oracle's eyes were thrown in as being important to get then barely played any part in the story. The Merovingian didn't have anything interesting to add this time around. Generally it just felt like the actual plot of Revolutions was thrown together somewhat hastily.
The movie wasn't terrible, it was just quite mediocre. Visually it had many great moments including the batman bouncers at the coat check, much of the Zion battle, and the Source. However, it mostly lacked originality and didn't fit together that well. As the final act, Revolutions could have been the culmination of an exciting, philosophical, and compelling trilogy. Instead it was just the last movie.
great product - the completion of the Matrix trilogy which was an amazing piece of science fiction. can't have the other two movies without this one too !...more info
- Lame end to an OK trilogy
On my way out of the theater after watching this movie, I turned to the guy walking next to me(total stranger) and said "was that some kind of a joke?" He simply replied by saying "I dont even know man, I dont know what to think." It was probably the most disappointing movie-going experience of my life.
When I first saw THE MATRIX, I was about 12, and was wowed. It became my favorite movie. You have to know, however, that I was also watching Dragon Ball Z every day after school at the time.
When the second one came out, I thought it was good. It has more of the insano action, and cerebral thinking moments (the part at the end with the architect was fascinating to me, I had to watch it several times to fully understand what he was talking about). The third one, REVOLUTIONS, however, is an inexcusably bad film. It is just so terrible. It fails to deliver on any promise of the first two films, and ends in a big stalemate. I'm not even going to go into the fact that the movie is basically one big plot hole.
Upon rewatching the whole trilogy, it is alot stupider than I remembered. The first movie is OK by itself, but is still kind of silly, and the sequels are just pure crap. I guess you have to be in middleschool to really love these films....more info
- 4 and a half stars..... not that bad but very disapointing ending
first of all i don't know why so many bash reloaded i love that movie and it not only exceeded the first movie it surpassed any expectation i had about the sequal to the best sci fi movie ever. that being said the 3rd movie was a major disapointment they just dropped most of the story they bulit up in two and instead took the easy way out and did not explain some of the tuffer questions. but that being said this movie as a stand alone without considering the other 2 is a excellent story great special effects and wonderful cast. but i was very disapointed in the ending of this movie and how they chose to end things unless some one desides as they did with star wars to continue the story with novels it will be the greatest let down and greatest blown chance a movie or books ever had of making some serious cash. however i do recomend revolutions although it is impossible to view this movie as a stand alone or you will not know what is going on....more info