Matrix Revolutions Review

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Posted by Sulkyblue (6th Nov 2003, 10:32)

I'd say this is a good film. I don't think it's great, it has some truly stunning moments, but also some absolutely dreadful ones, much like the 2nd film did. The scenes when it's trying to be a science-fiction film are pretty good. The scenes when it drifts into it's psychological, philsophical wibblings I found largely pretty boring.

The good things - the showpiece epic battle with the machines is real 'on the edge of your seat' stuff. Although it often shows it's CGI through and suffers the usual cliches, all in all it's gonna go down as one of the best sf battles in a long time. it also didn't suffer from LOTR: TTT syndrome of dropping out of battle to follow hobbits. Or in this case, out of battle to Neo and Trinity. I also really liked the character of Niobe and her crew, almost tempted to try the game so i can see the rest of their story. The change in the Oracle was nicely handled, Bane channeling Hugo Weaving was pretty cool, interesting to see fist fights inthe real world lacking the polish of the Matrix. The herd of APUs were very cool.

The mixed things - As commented by John elsewhere, I found the relationship between Link and Zee to be much more interesting/believable than the Trinity/Neo relationship which I found to be largely irritating. Commander Lock was also an interesting character, although I felt he missed the point a couple of times, but I guess he was a little stressed. Morpheus alternated wildly between supremely irritating and really rather cool. Wasn't sure about the crew of the Hammer, all seemed a little bit samey to me except for the medic.

The bad things - cliches!!! By the bucket load!

small child - please lord save me from adorable children. Although it was interesting to see an indian child in the roll for a change
moderate sized child - \"i'm 18 honest sir, please let me go out into battle and save the day even though i'm very scared\"
large child - \"bloody renegade captains come in and save the day when I'm trying to go for a noble slaughter. I'm now going to sulk, rant and make snide comments\". Nicely done Commander Lock..
doomed romance - \"i have faith. I'll do anything for you. i'm coming with you. Kiss me...\" oh please give me strength.
blinded mesiah? *rolls eyes*.
bloody rain.
What on earth was that S&M club about, and couldn't they have given Persephone more to do than sit there attempting to prevent her breasts falling out of her costume?
no twins - i would rather have liked to see them again, thuoght they were pretty cool.

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 John Kirk ( 6th Nov 2003, 13:02, Rank: Patrician )  reply

New comments, in reaction to Lorna's post (SPOILERS):

One interesting thing I noticed in the end credits - there's a mention of CGI people working on Mjolnir (as in Thor's hammer). I'm guessing that's the code name for the big digging thing.

The fetish club was pretty random. Mind you, it struck me that Trinity seemed to blend in pretty well... And yeah, Persephone did seem rather underused.

While I generally wasn't so keen on the fights inside the Matrix, I thought that the scene in the garage was quite nicely done, with the vertical symmetry of the pillars, so that you couldn't actually tell who was on the floor and who was on the ceiling at any given time.

I was surprised to see Niobe and co still alive, after what happened in the 2nd film. But I'm glad they made it, and it was interesting to see their (sensible) plan go awry due to an accident.

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 John Kirk ( 6th Nov 2003, 13:05, Rank: Patrician )  reply

As Lorna mentioned, my long comments (including spoilers) are here: (, but I'll include them here too:

I thought this film was much better than the second, although my lower expectations may have helped. Also, I rewatched the first two films at the weekend, whereas I hadn't seen the first film recently when I went to the cinema to see the second. This film did seem to be much more closely tied to the second than either of them were to the first.

Thinking back to the second film, I found the fights inside the Matrix quite tedious, so I was much more impressed by the stuff in the real world this time out. For one thing, they seemed to be going for a different effect in the action sequences - fear rather than excitement. Particularly the scene with the loaders: you're unarmed, pushing a big heavy trolley, and there are big things with lots of tentacles on the other side of that door that want to kill you. I realise that this may seem odd coming from me, since I enjoy superhero stories, but even then I lean more towards street-level stuff rather than people throwing mountains at each other.

Was the family on the train coming from Zion into the Matrix? The father mentioned something about being a recycling plant. That seems like the most plausible explanation, but I'm surprised that the humans would allow them. (Bob has suggested that they came from the machine city instead.)

I was thinking about the business in Angel with the little girl in the white room; she isn't human, she just chooses to look that way. And the comments in Star Trek TNG (\"Measure of a Man\"), where Commander Maddox says (about Data): \"If he looked like a toaster, we wouldn't be having this discussion\". I.e. the tendency to anthropomorphise. While I'm not suggesting that the girl had any sinister motivations, it's worth bearing in mind that she (and the harmless looking keymaker in the 2nd film) are not what they appear to be.

Personally, I thought that the romance between Link and his girlfriend (wife?) was much more convincing than that between Neo and Trinity. It took me a minute to recognise Gina Torres (from Firefly and Angel) playing the sister-in-law - I assume she was in the second film too, but I just didn't recognise her there.

Something I didn't really pay attention to before - it's nice to see that Jason Locke actually has a sensible name, rather than a hacker alias. I also felt a lot more sympathy for him this time round, since I didn't envy him his job.

At the start of this film, it did occur to me that since it was the final film in the trilogy, that gave them more flexibility to kill off characters. However, the difference between this and other finales (e.g. the last episode of Voyager/DS9) is that the characters also perceived the end being imminent, so there was a strong feeling of \"Let's pull out all the stops, because we don't need to plan ahead to tomorrow\". E.g. ripping the hovercraft apart when it came through the gate.

I was surprised not to see any civilian robots, thinking of the relevant Animatrix shorts. Of course, just because we didn't see them, that doesn't mean they aren't there.

One other interesting implication here - since the machines were able to plug Neo into the Matrix, that implies that they could have done the same for Cypher (in the first film), so when he argued about it with Morpheus, he was actually correct.

Looking towards the future of the Matrix (not necessarily any future films/comics, just the construct itself), I think it could still have a purpose, like the holodeck in Star Trek. In particular, I can see it being quite a handy aid for people on diets - go in there, enjoy pigging out on a mega-sized pizza and Coke, but don't pick up any calories in the process.

There's nothing after the end credits, so don't bother waiting around unless you're interested in the credits themselves. One other note - there is a strobe sequence in the film at one point (which wasn't announced beforehand), so if that's likely to trigger epilepsy or anything then you may wish to be cautious.

Incidentally, although I've seen the "No cameras allowed" screens at the start of films for a while, this is the first time I've seen them being applicable. I saw someone at the front of the cinema holding up their mobile, pointed towards the screen, so I assume they were using it to take a photo. That mainly annoys me because a small square of light (the screen) tends to stand out when the whole room is dark. As usual, though, I couldn't think of any way to deal with it that would be less disruptive than the original transgression, so I let it ride.

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 Billy ( 7th Nov 2003, 11:35, Rank: Tripod )  reply

hmm As far as the club scene was concerned, I was told last night that one of the Wachovski's has left his wife for a semi-famous Hollywood dominatrix - hence the prevalence of rubber and gasmasks. How true that is I know not...

It was an alright film, but it wasn't a good end to the trilogy imo - although as time goes on I'm feeling that it was better than I gave it credit for just after seeing it. I may even have to go and see it at the IMAX just for the motion-sickness inducing hovercraft flying and the hugeness of mechs.

Bah. I'm still disappointed with it.

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 karne ( 13th Nov 2003, 22:37, Rank: GSV )  reply

Personally I enjoyed it a lot. An elegant and stylish conclusion to the series, and leagues better than Reloaded. I'm very pleased they didn't take the easy route ]:=8)

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