Next Chapter . . . Matrix Resurrection?,
This review is from: The Matrix Revolutions (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition) (DVD)And so, "The Matrix Revolutions" brings the trilogy to a close (or does it? See the title above). For those who are passionate about the first movie--and there are many, judging from the reviews posted--"Reloaded" and "Revolutions" managed to align you in one of the following two camps:
1. You bought into the pop philosophy that is "The Matrix", reveled in the "more questions asked than answered" mentality of "Reloaded", and rejoiced in the religious allegory of "Revolutions".
2. "The Matrix" created this incredible alternative reality but, "huh?, what happened?".
Please allow me to set up my camp somewhere in between.
First, I was totally entertained by "Revolutions". Good pacing, incredible action, jaw-dropping CGI effects (although I am feeling "bullet-timed" to death lately). Did it, however, wrap everything up in a nice tidy bundle and explain what the hell actually happened?
Not really ... but I don't think that's a bad thing.
*****SPOILER ALERT (oh hell, you've all seen the movie--why do I bother?)*****
The Wachowskis finished the Matrix trilogy in the same manner they started it, by making us question our perceptions of reality (or, at least, the Matrix reality anyway). Did Neo die? Was he working for the machines or against them? Was the Oracle really his ally? Did he destroy Agent Smith, or did Smith self-destruct when there was nothing left to assimilate?
The ending to "Revolutions" had me scratching my head. I expected a neat resolution to all the questions posed in "Reloaded". I didn't get it. But isn't that really what the Wachowskis intended? The Oracle never gave a straight answer. We shouldn't expect Larry and Andy to do the same.
The Matrix Trilogy and, especially "The Matrix Revolutions", is a high-tech pop-culture shoot-em-up sci-fi action-adventure that makes you think, whether you get it or not. For even attempting that, the movie deserves high praise.
And, for what it's worth . . . Keanu Reeves is as exciting as toast, Carrie-Anne Moss is my ultimate cyberpunk fantasy girl, Laurence Fishburne needs to do a few tummy crunches, and Hugo Weaving plays too good a villain to ever be killed off.