The Matrix Revolutions
The Matrix Revolutions
My Score: 06/10
Movie or Film: Movie
Well, yeah, I recommend it, but mostly because it's a fun action movie. The good news is that they've ditched their pretentious philosophy 101 book that they read half of before they wrote the script that they were so proud of in Reloaded, and they've fallen back on action. The bad news is, the action isn't as cool as the mighty car chase from Reloaded or any of the fight scenes in the original.
They do have some kung fu in this one, but they hide it all behind strobe lights. I can't figure that out. We know the actors can all do kung fu... We watched them do it in the first and second installments. So, why hide it with strobes in this one? Maybe the brothers thought it would look cool.
And what's with the train station? Why is that even in the movie? Maybe because they thought it would be cool to put Neo in a coma at the end of the second movie to give them a cliffhanger, but they couldn't think of anything to do with it in the third one.
Plus, they kind of blow their load on the squids. I mean, in Matrix, they get all scared, hide in a corner, and get ready to pop their EMP for one lousy squid. Now they're like, Look out! We've got things like the loader in Aliens, but we've added machine guns! And the squids don't attack us... They just fly around in these weird swarms and get shot.
It's also aggravating how much of a stupid caricature they wrote Commander Lock to be. He really goes way over the top with being gruff and unfriendly. It's beyond all reason or logic, and he's just annoying.
And what the hell is the whole Dragon Ball Z sequence about? I mean, the end of the movie plays out like the last 37 episodes of the Frieza Saga. I seriously expected Neo's hair to turn gold, and for him to start glowing.
And now for the stuff that's cool about the movie...
Ian motherfucking Bliss.
That's right, the guy who plays Bane. Dig the amazing Hugo Weaving impersonation... I mean, it's uncanny. You've never seen Ian Bliss in a movie before this, unless you saw the Wachowski movie, Bound. The plot for Bound goes like this: "Ooooo! Lesbians! Hee hee hee."
They realize that naming a badguy "The Merovingian" was so stupid and pretentious that nobody even calls him that in this movie, except for Seraph, who can barely pronounce it with his accent. As an added bonus, they shut his ass up before he can ramble on for a half an hour about choice and cause and effect, and blah blah blah.
I've digressed, a lot. The Matrix Revolutions is not a bad action movie. You'll probably enjoy it. Just don't go in with the hope that it will live up to its potential, and you won't be badly disappointed. It was fun. It did manage to suck me into its world... Even if a lot of it never turned out to make any sense.