Reviewed by: D.J. Williams
“The Matrix” trilogy includes some Taoism. “There is no spoon!” “Free your mind!” When Morpheus explains the matrix to Neo, he says “it is everywhere, it surrounds us even in this room, you can see it if you look out the window or when you turn on the TV.” That is a good description of Tao, the supposed power behind everything which keeps the universe going. Tao is supposedly everywhere, but cannot be seen or heard.
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Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett-Smith | Directed by: Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski | Produced by: Joel Silver | Written by: Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski | Distributor: Warner Brothers
Following the groundbreaking sci-fi masterpiece that was 1999’s “The Matrix” and the astonishing action/special effects triumph (though the story struggled somewhat) that was May’s “The Matrix Reloaded”, film fans everywhere have been anticipating how the directorial duo of brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski would wrap up their epic trilogy.
I must admit, although I absolutely loved the first Matrix film on every level, I was mildly disappointed with Reloaded’s dragging plot and confusing finish. However, that disappointment was tempered by two of the most amazing action sequences ever put on film and the hope that the story would get better attention and satisfactory resolution in the trilogy’s final chapter (parts two and three, filmed together, are essentially one movie cut in half, a la Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill”). That final piece of the complex puzzle has arrived in “The Matrix Revolutions”, another towering technical achievement that unfortunately leaves us with a decidedly mixed bag emotionally.
“Revolutions” picks up where “Reloaded” left off, with a comatose Neo (Keanu Reeves) trapped between the real world and the Matrix. On the advise of the Oracle (Mary Alice replaces the late Gloria Foster, with a very sketchy explanation given), Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) head into the Matrix to rescue Neo from the grasp of the powerful Merovingian (Lambert Wilson).
After his rescue, Neo must make the decision to separate from his friends. Thus the story proceeds with Morpheus returning to Zion, soon to come under machine attack, with Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith), Link (Harold Pirrineau, Jr.) and their crew, and Neo and Trinity heading off to the machine city to stop Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), who is growing out of control and threatens to destroy not just the Matrix, but the whole world.
The movie starts off with what I like to call “Reloaded sickness,” a first act that has way too much pointless, self-conscious dialogue and too little action. Thankfully, unlike “Reloaded”, the film eventually pulls itself out of that rut and once it gets going, becoming a non-stop spectacle all the way to the end.
The scenes of thousands of machine sentinels attacking the human city of Zion are amazing to watch, with the CG work about as good as it gets. The battle sequence is loud, relentless, and as action goes, second to none. The climactic duel between Neo and Smith is beautiful to watch as they fight and tumble through the pouring rain in the streets of the Matrix, now totally dominated and corrupted by Smith and his copies.
All these elements are intertwined with small aspects of the story being explained and wrapped up, leading the viewer to believe that they are headed towards a magnificent and epic conclusion. However, the film never pays off. Though there is no doubt that “Revolutions” is a spectacular achievement in action films, as the end of an epic trilogy it is found significantly lacking.
Without giving too much away, when the dust settles we’re still left somewhat wondering, and quite frankly, apathetic. Since we’re not altogether sure what has been accomplished, it is very hard to care about the future of the characters. Though I’m sure the ending makes perfect sense to the Wachowskis (and to be fair, the struggle between Neo and Smith ends the only way it can end, given some revelations about their natures in this film), but they forgot to tell the rest of us exactly what it means—leading to a conclusion that leaves viewers feeling cheated.
The film is also marred by some character problems, particularly that there are too many of them. The Merovingian is more a catalyst than a character (though I don’t think the Wachowskis realized this), and Monica Bellucci’s Persephone is completely worthless. Thankfully, Niobe pays off in this film, but other characters such as Link, Zee, and the young Sati (Tanveer Atwal) could have been completely discarded. There is some bad acting and dialogue, with some parts almost as painful as Morpheus’ big speech in “Reloaded”.
There are also a couple big plot twists involving main characters late in the movie that actually end up hurting the film.
In the end, though I prefer this film to “Reloaded”, my admiration for it is very similar to that film. As an action film in and of itself it is spectacular, a great adrenaline rush with some amazing effects. Thus, like “Reloaded” it is a fun movie to watch and undeniably a great accomplishment.
However, it pains me to say that as a cohesive epic trilogy “The Matrix” ultimately fails. The first film is a stand-alone classic in every sense, and the two sequels are wonderful action films in their own right, and I recommend them as such, but as one grand, involving story, it just simply leaves us disappointed. If you’re looking for a great epic trilogy, check out the beautifully masterful “Lord of the Rings”, or the tremendously fun “Star Wars”, but leave “The Matrix” on the shelf.
Yet, if you’re looking for one tremendous sci-fi adventure and two really good sci-fi action flicks, the Wachowski brothers have certainly produced some amazing examples.
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