Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

Does it? Thank God.

Action Sci-Fi Thriller

Starring: Keanu Reeves (Constantine; A Scanner Darkly), Hugo Weaving (V For Vendetta; The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert)

Directed By: The Wachowski Brothers (Bound; The Matrix)

Overview: The final installation of the trilogy, Neo takes the war away from the Matrix, while The Machine takes the final battle to Zion.

Acting: The acting was as good as it was in the others, and as always Agent Smith and Morpheus do the best jobs. Keanu seems to be doing better, but not much. Nothing truly Oscar worthy.
Rating: 7

The scenes are as panoramic and grand as you would expect. Great computer animation, but for some reason I actually, for the first time, "saw through the facade" and realized that it was making up for the parts lacking, which seemed to take away from it by being overdone. "The Machine" was wonderful and well done, and the special effects were seamless, but still it seemed contrived, too much - like the second installment did.
Rating: 7

The script suffers now and then. I actually said, "Oh Please!" at the line: "No I didn't do it...WE did it." If this movie were reduced to a screenplay done with a lower budget, I really think the writers would have outsourced some scenes...
Rating: 5

The plot was fine, I don't know what people were complaining about. I mean the beginning was a little vague and useless and the end seemed to have a lot of unfinished ends but overall... The whole middle part was fine :P
Rating: 6

I was quite pleased when I got the subtle imagery in the subway station scene in the beginning. The stop they're at is Mobil, and Neo can't leave the pristine whiteness of that particular station. The word Mobil is an anagram for Limbo. I gave myself the kudos for that one. The mood of this movie was good. Even though some scenes were a little unnecessary and even long at times, the mood was great, and without this, the whole thing would have fallen apart more than it had.
Rating: 7

It's nice to think that that water's really warm for those actors, but it's better thinking it made them piss themselves.

Overall Rating: 64% (Nothing Impressive)

Aftertaste: It seems that the Wachowski brothers tried to make another epic film, but everyone can agree that we simply knew the first film was the only one worthy of being majestic. A prequel, I think, would have been preferable to this one, and all the imagery and extra scenes seemed to be there simply for the sake of self-indulgent art: "We came up with this concept, and it's our baby, and we can do what we want with it". Well Wachowski, take a hint from Lucas. Just because it's your idea, doesn't mean you can run with it without any help.