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|Neo, schmeo! In "The Matrix Revolutions," directors Andy and Larry Wachowski give up on character; instead, they try havoc and let slurp the dogs of war. The film is a soggy mess, essentially a loud, wild 100-minute battle movie bookended by an incomprehensible beginning and a laughable ending.
As a final act and summation of the brilliant "Matrix" and the not-so-brilliant "Matrix Reloaded," it's utterly inconsequential; as pure spectacle it's almost a hoot but only a little more entertaining, finally, than the Redskins.
|"Reloaded" was certainly a lumpy, gaseous treatise of a movie, but viewers of "Revolutions" may find themselves looking back on it fondly. It was at least overstuffed with potentially interesting new characters, plot lines and make-believe metaphysical conundrums. In contrast "Revolutions," which has a roughly equivalent running time, feels padded. The battle for Zion goes on forever and seems designed to justify the picture's enormous military hardware budget. There is very little that is tantalizing or suspenseful. The feeling of revelation is gone, and many of the teasing implications of "Reloaded" have been abandoned.|
|In "The Matrix Revolutions," the dismal final installment in the phenomenally successful science fiction series, humans engage in a fierce battle to save themselves from extinction by machines. If only filmmakers Larry and Andy Wachowski could have saved themselves from their own machines. Their computer-generated imagery goes from dazzling to deadening in action scenes that favor heavy, clanking weaponry over the martial-arts moves that thrilled viewers of "The Matrix" and "The Matrix Reloaded."|
|Toward the end of "The Matrix Revolutions," writer-directors Larry and Andy Wachowski finally cave in to their messianic urges. The fuzzy religious aura that has always surrounded Keanu Reeves's dude avatar Neo hardens into overt symbolism, and the upshot is both ridiculous and entertainingly fruity. True believers will be reaching for the red pill, but it's still not quite enough to convert the heretics.|
|When The Matrix Reloaded was unleashed this past May (and made close to $300 million... ) it was on the receiving end of a decidedly mysterious backlash. In an effort to sell magazines and newspapers ... misinformed journalists almost immediately labeled the film a "disappointment" both critically and with fans. But only a cursory glance at the film's reviews (and receipts) disprove that statement.... Now comes the third and final chapter of the Matrix trilogy; let the backlash smear campaigns begin anew!
I'd love to know in what universe the two Matrix sequels are considered "disappointments". Sure, they're both laden with deep and ocassionally uncomfortable ruminations on free will and religion and other sorts of navel-gazing philos-O-phizing...but what's the alternative? Sci-fi freaks have been fed a galaxy full of garbage over the past several years and forgive me for admiring all three Matrix films while noticing that the video store shelves are absolutely laden with dungpiles...
Say what you will about The Matrix Revolutions, but you certainly cannot call it short on ideas or ambition...
Suffice to say that The Matrix Revolutions (much like its predecessors, only to a slighter lesser degree) is overstuffed with slick action set pieces, thought-provoking sci-fi mind-benders and cool characters .... If Parts 2 and 3 don't seem to measure up to the lofty groundwork laid in the original film, I suspect much everyone's relative "disappointment" in the sequels perhaps stems from unfair expectations.... (If The Matrix Reloaded didn't have those "boring" moments of self-reflection, it would end up being derided as "mindless action" - proof positive that filmmakers are often damned if they do and damned if they don't.)
If the film does slow down here and there and fall on a few of its own sloppy fumbles, the rough spots can perhaps be forgiven because, let's face it, there's a whole LOT of material to cover...The Matrix Revolutions is science fiction for grownups.
|Originally posted by journeymom
Now, I always figured that Trin is simply Neo's girlfriend. Maybe the Wachoski's thought it sucked that Jesus never got to have a wife (that we know of), so they gave Neo a "wife" and helper.
|But dh pointed her name is Trinity, so maybe she's analogous to the Holy Spirit. I'm not sure about that, because the Holy Spirit is the giver of life, and Neo was the one who brought Trinity back in Reloaded.|
|Oh, and Morpheus is John the Baptist|