The Matrix Revolutions
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Matrix Revolutions, The (Dbl DVD) (WS)
In this explosive final chapter of the Matrix trilogy, Neo, Morpheus and Trinity battle to defend Zion, the last real-world city, against the onslaught of the machines that have enslaved the human race. And, now as Neo learns more about his heroic powers--including the ability to see the codes of things and the people, he faces the consequences of the choice made in The Matrix Reloaded.]]>
This two-disc set certainly improves upon the fluffy Reloaded DVD release. Although there's still no Wachowski brothers talking about their creation, there's a lot of good stuff here in the three main segments. We are constantly reminded how long the back-to-back filming schedule was, and it's most interesting to hear from the actors and artists as they come to the end of this long road. When a white rabbit flashes on screen, you can "branch" the most interesting documentary footage: how "bullet time" is being recalibrated and how you go about replicating so many Agent Smiths. A timeline is wonderfully put together, but cumbersome to navigate through. The extras certainly illustrate how the movie did not deserve to be passed over for a few technical Oscar nominations. --Doug Thomas
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The Wachowskys love kung-fu movies, so there's plenty of pointless kung fu. Plus pointless gunfights. Need to spice one up a little? Have the baddies walk on the ceiling - and get slaughtered all the same.
If they had thought to do something interesting, like have Neo and the Merovingian make a deal to take on Smith, this could have been interesting. Or if they had given the luscious Monica Belluci more than a token line.
But, sadly, they just bulled through pointless mech battles to a final Christ allegory. Deus literally ex machina. Great CGI, unfortunately harnessed to a trite and pointless story.
Mythic stories are an acquired taste. They are full of ideas symbolically represented and if you aren't familiar with the symbols the significance of certain things will go entirely unnoticed. The whole trilogy is an amazing study in story form of the possibilities of free will, exploring the boundaries of what consciousness is and the possibilities of technology to radically enlarge our universe. Consider the notion that the real universe, the universe of the the machines and Zion, is only part of the whole of reality. The other part is our imagination. The matrix is only the most insiduous use of virtual technology. If we immerse ourselves willingly in it then we can enjoy the powers that the Zionists had used to desperately pursue their cause.
Matrix Revolutions ends with this arrangement as a distinct possibility, that humans are free to live outside of the Matrix. Why not choose to live in both worlds? Neo's sacrifice (both Christ-like and Taoist in its character (remember Luke Skywalker's willingness to lay down his saber?)) opens up possiblities beyond anything most of us have considered. The scene with the Oracle and the Architect shows again how two opposite elements have, after a number of "cosmic cycles" of the matrix simulation resolved a higher balance in the program world between balance and imbalance, between a dynamic (chaos theory, complexity theory) and static equilibriums.
This is merely one thread of perennial thought that this movie embodies. It really is a masterwork of myth, philosophy and science fiction. Beside that is does have kick ass action!
The not-so subtle imagery gets a little droll at times, but at this point you're probably used to that and just want to watch two guys duke it out for the fate of the world in front of a green screen, and you'll get all of that and more. It's definitely not a bad action flick, and a solid conclusion to the trilogy.
DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH STAR WARS THOUGH. PREQUELS AND SEQUELS WILL ONLY DETRACT FROM THE BENCHMARK THAT HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY THE WACHOWSKI BROTHERS IN THIS GENRE.
BY THE DVD AND WATCH IT AGAIN AND AGAIN!