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The Matrix Revolutions

movie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: The Matrix Revolutions

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne
Director: Andy Wachowski
Rated: R
RunTime: 129 Minutes
Release Date: November 2003
Genres: Action, Martial-Arts, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

*Also starring: Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Monica Bellucci, Daniel Bernhardt, Harry J. Lennix, Harold Perrineau Jr., Jada Pinkett Smith, Nathaniel Lees

Review by Steve Rhodes
2½ stars out of 4

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

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