MRR's Action Movie Month - "The Matrix Revolutions" Review


MRR's Action Movie Month - "The Matrix Revolutions" Review

Rating: R (For sci-fi violence and brief sexual content)
Length: 129 minutes
Release Date: Oct. 27, 2003
Directed by: Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski
Genre: Action, Adventure, and Sci-Fi

In "The Matrix Revolutions," the human inhabitants in the city of Zion have to defend themselves against the machines while Neo (Keanu Reeves) is busy with the war at another front. The film is the third and final installment of the "The Matrix" trilogy. It was written and directed by the Wachowski siblings.

"The Matrix Revolutions" opens with Neo and Bane (Ian Bliss) lying unconscious while Neo's digital self is trapped in a subway that represents a transition area between the Machine City and the Matrix. Acting on behalf of Oracle (Mary Alice), Seraph (Collin Chou) informs Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) about Neo's confinement. Together, they confront the Merovingian, the controller of the virtual substation where Neo is trapped, and force him to release Neo. After his release, Neo has a horrendous vision of the Machine City and decides to learn more about it by visiting the Oracle. There, he learns that the rogue Agent Smith is planning to put an end to both the real world and the Matrix.

Back in the real world, crews from the ships Nebuchadnezzar and the Hammer locate and reactivate the Logos, a ship belonging to Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith). The captains of these ships decide to execute a joint plan to defend Zion, while Neo asks for a ship to take him to the Machine City. Niobe decides to give Neo the Logos, not knowing that Bane has stowed on the ship. Niobe and Morpheus decide to help in defending Zion, taking the Hammer with them. Unfortunately, the Hammer is rendered defenseless after its EMP discharge targeted at a Sentinel destroys its defenses.

While some people still think that the first "Matrix" was the one truly great movie of the trilogy, many others will argue that the "The Matrix Revolutions" is a great movie as well. As with the other installments of the series, however, most fans have to watch it more than once to understand it. One of the best things about this third installment is that it ties up all the loose ends and answers most of the nagging questions that have been left lingering since the first movie was produced.

One of the best things about this series has always been its great story line and visually spectacular action sequences, and "The Matrix Revolutions" is no exception. A good example is the battle scene between the human battalions and the squid-squadrons of the machines. The human armies are armed with attack gears made from exoskeletons steered by human pilots. Most of those who have watched the movie have been amazed at the dexterity of these pilots and their ability to wield their arms around without actually hitting each other.

Even those who prefer the earlier movies can acknowledge how brilliantly the Wachowski siblings handled some of the best scenes in "The Matrix Revolutions." The scene in which Neo finds himself trapped in a virtual underground substation is particularly interesting. Trying to escape from the station by running into a tunnel, the protagonist is surprised to find that he is emerging from the tunnel into the same station again. Another stunning scene occurs inside a devilish-looking nightclub and features a mix of martial arts and firefights. Whatever else people may say about "The Matrix" film trilogy, few people can complain that the movie is dull.

Unlike the other films in the trilogy, this one does not take much time to get to its main point. The film tends to alternate short dialogue scenes with heavy action. While it might be argued that this style does not give the filmmakers time to dwell on character development, it is engaging and keeps audiences from getting even a little bit bored. "The Matrix Revolutions" is one movie that has elicited love and frustration in equal measures, and it will continue to do so. However, even many of those who criticize it continue to watch it again and again.

Rating Star: 3.5 out of 5