The Matrix Revolutions Review

by Bob Bloom (bobbloom AT iquest DOT net)
November 11th, 2003

THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS (2003) 2 1/2 stars out of 4. Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fisburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugh Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mary Alice, Tanveer K. Atwal, Nona Gaye and Harold Perrinau. Director of Photography Bill Pope. Music by Don Davis. Written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers. Rated R. Running time: 129 minutes.

The Matrix filled you with awe, wonder and paranoia. It got you thinking about reality and the various planes on which it could exist.
The Matrix Reloaded filled you with ennui as it ponderously pontificated about choice and free will, while all you wanted to see was Neo kick butt and save Zion and humanity.

And so The Matrix Revolutions finally arrives, filled with sound and fury; a cacophony that deafens the ears and deadens the mind.

For, in the end or is it the beginning Revolutions leaves you wanting; like the old Peggy Lee song, you'll be asking, "Is that all there is?"

After sitting through more than six hours of man vs. machine, of endless philosophical droning about the virtues of humanity vs. the slavery of technology, Revolutions' final revelation is a major letdown.
When the lights come up, you'll find you have more questions than answers. And maybe that is how the Wachowski Brothers wanted it. Perhaps it is their intention not to give us pat, easy answers, the type we expect from most films.

If that's the case, I applaud them while simultaneously cursing them.
It's like spending several hours working on a gigantic jigsaw puzzle only to find at the end that a few pieces are missing. That is the kind of frustration Revolutions imparts.

The movie's main drawback, though, centers on a lack of humanity. The centerpiece of Revolutions is the battle for Zion, but instead of an epic clash of men vs. machines, we basically watch machines vs. machines, albeit people control the Zion war instruments.

The other problem deals with Keanu Reeves' Neo. In this final epic, he almost is a peripheral figure. He basically disappears for long stretches in the movie. And while Zion battles for its survival, Neo must battle his nemesis, Agent Smith, who has grown even more powerful since his last appearance in Reloaded.

Basically, the entire matrix is comprised of Smiths. "Like what I've done with the place?" the seemingly omnipresent program asks Neo sardonically before their final Armageddon-like face off.

The continual use of those cryptic snatches of dialogue that go unexplained seem to have multiplied in Revolutions. It's maddening at times.

Revolutions picks up where Reloaded ended, with Neo in a coma. After his rescue, he leaves his comrades to go seek his destiny.

Revolutions offers a smorgasbord of styles: battles scenes reminiscent of World War II combat films; more martial arts and bullet time sequences; and the latest in computerized special effects.

Yet it all seems so cold, so technological. This final chapter should have been the most human, the most emotionally charged of movies, but it ultimately leaves you dazed and confused.

Bob Bloom is the film critic at the Journal and Courier in Lafayette, IN. He can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or at [email protected] Other reviews by Bloom can be found at www.jconline.com by clicking on movies.
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