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The Matrix Revolutions

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne
Director: Andy & Larry Wachowski
Genre: Science Fiction
Year: 2003
Rating: 2 / 5

A few years ago, The Matrix was hailed as one of the finest “action” movies of our time. The term is used loosely, for I am certain that fanatic followers of the film would scoff at seeing their masterpiece so carelessly classified. Nevertheless, the film was roundly praised for its sleek look, its pulse-pounding sequences, and its revolutionary features, including the much-copied “bullet time” concept. Four years and two films later, the Matrix trilogy is a shell of its former self. The visionary brilliance that heralded the arrival of the original film has been replaced by an overly jumbled plot (see The Matrix Reloaded) and an uninspiring conclusion, the latter coming in the form of The Matrix Revolutions.

Before this goes any farther, allow me to state that the actual conclusion to The Matrix Revolutions is not at issue here, but rather, the entire film as a conclusion to the series itself. From a technology perspective, has the Matrix trilogy really advanced since 1999? Some will point to the exhilarating car chase scene in Reloaded as proof that Andy & Larry Wachowski still know how to dazzle. Scenes like that still creep up in the series, but they are fewer and farther between. In Revolutions, only one sequence, during which Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) attempt to infiltrate Club Hell, truly excites, yet it still feels like a near replica of one of the closing sequences in the original film.

If the lack of technological inventiveness were not enough, Revolutions tells the least interesting story of the three films. I will not attempt to claim that wrapping up a trilogy of such gaudy proportions is easy, but the film lacks much energy. The Wachowskis foolishly devote nearly half of the film to the lethargic tale of Zion’s defense. This plotline, driven almost entirely be supporting characters and even more CGI creations than any George Lucas film, drags on and on throughout the course of the movie. While Neo (Keanu Reeves) is trying to lead mankind in one final battle against the Machines, we must constantly be drawn back to a battle of robots, a scene with little emotional impact and one which is not even visually thrilling.

The acting barely deserves a mention, not because it is substandard, but merely because it is on par with the rest of the trilogy. Unfortunately, the actors who carried our attention through most of the series are primarily relegated to the sidelines during Revolutions. Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss are given virtually nothing to do after a few opening sequences, while even Keanu Reeves is forgotten for nearly the entire first half of the film. Should the tale of the Matrix have been concluded after the first film? While such a notion would not have met with much resistance from this fan, there was still a story to tell. Unfortunately for fans, The Matrix Revolutions is a tale best left untold, or, in this case, unseen.

Cast:

Keanu Reeves..........Neo/Thomas Anderson
Laurence Fishburne..........Morpheus
Carrie-Anne Moss..........Trinity
Hugo Weaving..........Agent Smith

Certification: Rated R for violence.
Running Time: 129 minutes.

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