The Matrix Revolutions
October 16, 2010
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Directors: Andy Wachowski/Larry Wachowski
Writers: Andy Wachowski/Larry Wachowski
Producer: Andy Wachowski/Larry Wachowski/Grant Hill/Joel Silver
Starring: Keanu Reeves/Laurence Fishburne/Carrie-Anne Moss/Hugo Weaving
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 129 minutes
The Matrix was a brilliant science-fiction movie and is definitely one of the best movies in the genre, The Matrix Reloaded is almost instantly forgettable but not a bad sequel, however they discarded all of the elements that made us love The Matrix so how was The Matrix Revolutions? It’s not only the worst movie in the series but one of the worst sequels I have seen for a movie series in a long time and I’ve seen A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge! Picking up exactly where The Matrix Reloaded finished, Zion is preparing for the war against the machines knowing that they may not survive. Neo discovers he can use his powers in the real world as well as in the Matrix and he can free his mind from his body, which results in him being stuck between the real world and the Matrix. Neo’s friends fight to free him from The Merovingian because it is believed that Neo is The One that will end the war between Zion and the machines. What is unknown to both the humans and the machines is that there’s something out there that plans on destroying both worlds. The Matrix Revolutions has so much wrong with it and not only do the writers forget everything that we loved in The Matrix, but they also forget the story. The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded both had a story that lasted a decent amount of time and the quality of the story was brilliant regarding the first and decent regarding the second. The Matrix Revolutions, however, has a story that felt like it was written by somebody completely different from the Wachowski brothers and felt like it lost its way and went in the wrong direction. The story was dragged and stretched to make it last for over two hours when it could have easily been an hour and a half. There were some scenes that were either irrelevant or went on for far too long and could have easily been trimmed down a little or completely taken out. Also, the story was predictable and the quality is quite poor compared to the previous entries in the series, with The Matrix obviously being the best story out of the three.
Another thing I found to be a little annoying was the acting. The Matrix had some terrific performances from Laurence Fishburne, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, The Matrix Reloaded was decent enough but there was something missing from their performances but in The Matrix Revolutions, they weren’t so great. Sure, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss give out a decent enough performance as Neo and Trinity but I’ve seen them do much better in the first two movies. Laurence Fishburne’s performance has changed since the first two movies but I do not blame him, I think this is the fault of the writing. Laurence Fishburne’s character Morpheus felt like a completely different character and it was like he was new to the movies and he was just introduced. If you watch The Matrix and then watch The Matrix Revolutions, he doesn’t seem the same at all. There are a couple of positive things I can say about the movie and that is about the special effects and the action scenes, since that’s all the movie really was. The action scenes of Zion against the machines were great to watch and something that is quite impressive. The other action scenes, including the nightclub fight and the big fight, were done very well. However, The Matrix was more than another science-fiction movie with explosions and fights as it had some memorable quotes and a great story. It’s unfortunate that The Matrix Revolutions has neither of those. I couldn’t see much of a story in the final movie of the series nor could I see any memorable dialogue. In the end, The Matrix Revolutions is definitely the worst way you could end a movie series; it hardly has any story or any interesting characters and it’s forgettable as soon as you finish watching it. The Matrix Revolutions is just another science-fiction movie with a bunch of special effects, explosions and impressive action scenes thrown in.
It’s quite disappointing how the trilogy turned out overall. The trilogy started off magnificently with The Matrix as it had such a brilliant and captivating story with some memorable quotes and some amazing action scenes that would stay with you for a while. Then along came The Matrix Reloaded with it’s same impressive action scenes and a decent story but with hardly any memorable quotes. The Matrix Revolutions ended the story with fantastic special effects and action scenes with the cost of hardly any story, character development or memorable scenes or even a proper script. I don’t understand how the Wachowski brothers had written and directed the start of the trilogy brilliantly and then made two sequels that were decent bordering on rubbish. Completely disappointing, The Matrix Revolutions felt like it was rushed and it felt like hardly any love or time had went into the story. Just like The Matrix Reloaded, it felt like their time was focused fully on the special effects and the action scenes and making sure people were amazed by them. It’s just a shame that they didn’t realise that the story and the dialogue amazed the people as well as the special effects. If it weren’t for the fact that Neo, Trinity and Morpheus weren’t in it and Zion wasn’t mentioned, this could have been called something else and you wouldn’t know the difference. The feel of it is completely different to the other two movies. It’s just another movie in which special effects outweigh the story. Overall, The Matrix Revolutions is nothing more than extremely disappointing and could have been so much better if more time went into the story and the script.