THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, the final chapter of the MATRIX trilogy, is actually at
its best when it's the most pretentious. ("Only the human mind could invent
something as insipid as love." and "Every program that is created has a
purpose; otherwise, it is deleted.")
Its loud and repetitive action sequences are impressive enough, but we've seen
them all before, and they never seem to end or to make much sense. "Baffling"
is the best word to describe most of the fighting.
When we last left Neo's comatose body, he was trapped between the real world
and the machine world. Of course, Neo will come back to life in order to
battle Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), whom the Oracle (Mary Alice) explains is his
opposite. We learn more about the dichotomy between the Oracle and the
Architect (Helmut Bakaitis). It seems that his role in the great scheme of
things is to balance "the equation," whereas hers is unbalance it.
THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS is, as you'd expect, full of the series' signature
stylish flourishes, heavy on the slow-mo and the ballet-like movements. After
the obligatory and almost endless battle of mankind against the machines, the
movie ends in a HIGH NOON sequence, as Neo and Agent Smith go mano a mano in a
struggle to the death. I'm not telling who survives, but the bad news is that
the Wachowski brothers appear unwilling to let their series die a natural
death. The movie ends in a way that shows that they'd like to be another
George Lucas, who has trouble letting go of a financially successful franchise
even if its creative juices show signs of souring.
THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS runs a long 2:09. The film is rated R for "sci-fi
violence and brief sexual content" and would be acceptable for teenagers.
Copyright © 2003 Steve Rhodes