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The Matrix Revolutions Review

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by Phil Hinton Apr 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

    The Matrix Revolutions Review
    After the first two huge movies in this franchise, the animated features commissioned and the video games, the Matrix Trilogy comes to an end with “Revolutions”. The film picks up straight after Reloaded with Neo in a coma and the machines about to break through to Zion and wipeout mankind. Those expecting much the same as Reloaded may however find that this movie is far darker in tone and mood, with the action sequences almost taking a back seat ride. Not that there are not the usual action set pieces, just that they are not as prominent and in this reviewers opinion, certainly not original as we have seen the same stuff for two movies already. The first big action sequence involves Morpheus and Trinity fighting their way into the Frenchman's nightclub. Remember the lobby scenes in the first movie? There is a slight twist as the enemies are on the ceiling but it is much the same and feels like it was added because they needed an action scene early on in the movie. The philosophy that ran through the last two films also feels very forced on the viewer this time around and the heavy tone of the story swamps the film without the light humour of the previous outings. In some ways Revolutions seems to want to stand on it's own away from the original films but ends up feeling to withdrawn from what has gone before.

    The Director's and producer promised a final battle to remember and some cutting edge special effects thrown in to provide a wow factor, but to me the last third of the movie is totally over the top and as such a bit of a damp squib when it should be the final battle of a trilogy, full of excitement and edge. Was I expecting too much? I don't think so, the final film instead of going out with a bang, just seems to run out of steam and begins to look like an overlong video game with the final surprises left in store for the viewer coming across as a big disappointment after the build up in Reloaded. Don't get me wrong, it is still a Matrix movie and is the final chapter of the story, it still has some very impressive action scenes and stunning visuals, but to me (and I am a fan of the original film) everything just feels forced and I couldn't help feeling a little disappointed with the outcome. If you have followed the trilogy thus far you will have to see this movie and it does stand up to repeated viewings, just don't expect to much and you may just enjoy the end product.