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Published on November 3rd, 2003 | by Press


The Matrix Revolutions

Classification: 18 Director: Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Hugo Weaving, Clayton Watson, Nona Gaye, Monica Bellucci, Cornel West
Rating: 3.5/5

The Matrix Revolutions is not a straight forward love it or hate it film. Opinions are divided into 3 and somewhat related to demographic group or backgrounds people may come from. The first group of people will be people who are Matrix fans who liked Reloaded and often own the very good Animatrix on DVD or played the less than impressive computer game. If you are one of these people you will very much like Revolutions!

The second group of people may consider them selves mature will dismiss the film like they did Reloaded. They may have enjoyed the first one for what it was, but the sequels are all about too many battle scenes and philosophical nonsense and all about making money. “Why ware sunglass when the sun only ever shines for Trinity for about 5 seconds!”

If however you are more like me who thought the first Matrix was excellent but Reloaded “hmmm ok” then you come under the third group of people who are happy to sit on the fence. These people should enjoy this film maybe more so on DVD rather than being cooped up in the loud claustrophobic cinema!

The last two groups may prefer watching the underrated Dark City or the excellent action science fiction of Equilibrium.

The story is average and the special effects are nice and cant really be called ‘computer game like’, but then again it falls down to what group you are under. All in all I thought it was good, but I’m not a big fan of the Matrix universe and had very low expectations. If you’re like me and expect the worst you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised, if you are expecting something great, don’t be surprised if you leave the cinema a bit ripped off.

“The death of a major character elicits no emotion, the blinding of another brings sighs (you’ve read your Greek myths, lads – well done!). The more thought you give the film, the less it deserves, “ Nev Pierce, BBC 2/5

“It’s a rich irony that the story is about humans occupying a world generated by computers, and the movie consists of actors occupying a world also created by computers. Neo may or may not exist in a universe created by computers, but Keanu Reeves certainly does.
Note: “The Matrix Reloaded” was notable for the number of key characters who are black; this time, what we notice is how many strong women there are. Two women operate a bazooka team, Niobe flies the ship, the women have muscles, they kick ass, and this isn’t your grandmother’s Second Sex anymore.”
Chicago Sun-Times Inc.

“When The Matrix Revolutions works, it does so as eye candy. Although the first hour drags because of the pontificating about choice and fate (none of the speeches offer anything new), the second hour zips by. The battle sequences may not be as involving as those in, say, Star Wars, but they are done with enough technical savvy to retain the attention of most viewers. And those who are on hand just to see a big-budget special effects extravaganza will be satisfied. Anyone hoping to experience the blend of science fiction, philosophy, and edgy action that characterized the previous two movies will be disappointed. Nevertheless, for completists who need to find out how it ends, The Matrix Revolutions provides answers (although not necessarily to all questions) and doesn’t cop out when it comes to the final resolution.” James Berardinelli

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