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The Matrix Revolutions

The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

November. 05,2003
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The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.


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Paul J. Nemecek

I have to confess that I went to see this film with fear and trepidation. I have been a big fan of the Matrix trilogy and I was afraid that the finale would be a major letdown. Sequels are a risky business at best. If you've seen Rocky V, Jaws 3-D, or any of the Halloween movies after the first one you know of what I speak. In Rocky for example, we meet characters, situations, and places that are fresh and new. The hero's quest is as old as mythmaking itself but the new contexts and characters allow us to approach old myths in new ways. As each successive sequel was made, the myth became trite and clichéd, the characters devolve into caricatures, and the formulaic nature of the films makes them mundane and boring.It is admittedly a difficult task to keep the mythmaking fresh and awe-inspiring. I am pleased to report that the Wachowski brothers succeed in doing just that. I read several reviews that were fairly negative about the film, but as I read the reviews it was clear to me that the critics simply didn't get it. They reminded me of the critic who criticized Field of Dreams for not being as good as other baseball movies. If you have seen Field of Dreams you know that that film is not really a baseball movie at all.As in the previous films, there is an abundance of special effects in the battle sequences. There are also more sparks in the relationship between Trinity and Neo. In my review of the original film I praised the film because of the abstractness of the mythology. When we try to literalize metaphors they lose much of their power. Neo-Marxists, Buddhists, and Christians could all walk away from this film feeling as if the film had strengthened their faith. If we look at the film as a commentary on the postmodern world, the Architect and the Oracle become perfect metaphors for the competing voices of modernity and postmodernity respectively. One of the reasons I was nervous about this final installment was my concern about the Messianic Neo character. The Christological images are fairly strong in the film, but I have always had a problem with Neo as a machine-gun toting Messiah. Once I let go of my literal reading of this metaphor I was able to appreciate the richer metaphors contained in the film. I resonate with the film's critique of the "domination system" (to borrow a phrase from Walter Wink's The Powers That Be), but I did not want this film to degenerate into yet another legitimation of the myth of redemptive violence. Fortunately, it does not . . . to say more is to give away too much of the ending. This will not be everyone's cup of tea, and more than a few viewers will leave scratching their heads or disappointed that there wasn't even more computer-generated mayhem. But for those who have eyes to see, this film is clearly worth a look.


How bad is this movie? 15 years later I woke up in the middle of the night and the first thing that popped into my mind is just how much the Matrix sequels sucked. The disappointment is permanently ingrained into my subconscious. Wow... so sad.


It is an inglorious destiny for a film that closes with academic competence the saga of Neo, Trinity and Morpheus. Note that the competence cited here has two meanings. The first is good, as the adventure ties loose ends, guarantees two hours of entertainment and still leaves ample room for discussion (there is a new character that should make fans crazy want to understand it better, the little girl Sati). The other, bad, is the lack of innovation, as in a hasty work of beginners in which any kind of experimentation is left aside to favor conventional solutions already seen and reviewed in the cinema.However, if the conclusion is based on the truism, it is in isolated scenes that Revolutions sustains itself and imbalances the balance. The final fight between Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Smith (Hugo Weaving, perfect) - a street fight between Supermen - is great, the machines attack on Zion is exciting and the visit to the city of 01, the capital of machines , quite satisfactory for who conferred "The second reborn", episode of the series Animatrix. Also noteworthy is the treatment given by writers to women in the film. Trinity has never been so determined and tough, Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith) even eclipses Morpheus and even Zee (Nona Gaye) appears to save the day. The Matrix women do not drive home and never lose their femininity.The story of Revolutions begins exactly from the point where they stopped Reloaded and Enter the Matrix, the video game of the saga. Neo is in a coma after destroying sentinels in the real world with his mind. Zion's defenses are preparing to face the biggest battle of its history, while hundreds of thousands of robots advance towards the city. Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) decide to enter the Matrix for the last time to find the Oracle (Mary Alice) and try to save the predestined. Helped by Seraph, they discover that the Merovingian (Lambert Wilson) may be behind the Neo state. The battle is imminent on both fronts, the real world and simulated reality, and even the winner can lose everything, as the Smith virus has reached alarming proportions and has only one wish in mind: the end of all forms of existence.Coming to expectations or not, one can not help but admire the fact that a hugely successful Hollywood blockbuster for the third time will make fans think and discuss the story for years, seeking philosophical, theological, and literary references. The debate is positive and the result is overwhelming. And that, no one pulls the Matrix. Be it the original, Reloaded or Revolutions.


The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith. The Matrix Revolutions is by no means better than the first or second film i mean the first act is kinda slow but 2nd and especially the 3rd act are very good. The Mr. Smith vs Neo battle was very good sure it had some dumb cgi moments in it but overall a great enjoyable battle that pretty much is the highlight of the movie also the fact that Neo gets taken or probably he is dead nobody will ever know and Trinity died as well but the movie ends in a Happy way doesn't mean that it's a bad sequel i mean just look Terminator 2 for example Arnold dies and the world gets saved i don't compare a good sequel to one of the best movies ever made i'm just saying that every film sometimes deserves a good ending instead of a mass destruction one. Also don't try to compare this to Matrix or even Reloaded all this 3 movies are different on their own way and honestly i think this is the last good film the The Wachowski Brothers ever made but also if you play the game "Path of Neo" you will see that the ending is way different and longer than the one that the film has 8/10.