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The Matrix Revolutions
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Agent Smith: "This is my world! MY WORLD!"
"WILL YOU SHUT UP?! People are trying to sleep!" - Homer Simpson, The Simpsons
Genre: Sci-Fi
Action
Directed By: The Wachowskis
Produced By: Joel Silver
Written By: The Wachowskis
Starring: Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss
Hugo Weaving
Jada Pinkett Smith
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: November 5, 2003
Runtime: 129 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $110–150 million
Box Office: $427.3 million
Franchise: The Matrix
Prequel: The Matrix Reloaded
Sequel: The Matrix Resurrections (2021)


The Matrix Revolutions is an 2003 science fiction, action film directed by the Wachowskis. It is a sequel to 2003's The Matrix Reloaded, and serves as a direct continuation of it. It was originally meant to be the final film of The Matrix franchise, which continued with The Matrix Online, (which was shut down in 2009), and however, the fourth film is now in development in February 2020, and the fourth film, titled The Matrix Resurrections, was officially released on December 22, 2021.

Plot

In the continuation of The Matrix Reloaded, and as the dystopia is overrun by robots, Neo (Keanu Reeves), mankind's greatest hope, is trapped in a limbo world. Meanwhile, the majority of the planet's population remains in a state of suspended virtual reality. The few humans who are cognizant of the grim realities of the world desperately try to hold off their mechanical enemies long enough for Neo to escape and save the day, but things turn disastrous when all-powerful computer program Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) arrives in the flesh.

Bad Qualities

  1. While the premise is pretty original, and despite the film being the second part of Reloaded and having some improvements that weren't shown in the first two films, it is sadly ruined with a horrible execution.
  2. At some points, it all feels different as it unnecessarily made loads of changes up to the point where this isn't feeling like that it really is a Matrix movie, in addition, most of the plots, and the newer characters in the movie never served any other charm or charisma, unlike the first two films.
  3. Too many lacks of ideas, meaning the more ideas it's gets, unfortunately, tone down with nothing special, but any original ideas were not in use.
  4. A weak story that it feels a little bit longer than it actually is, and it was not as epic as the first two movies, and most of the new characters rarely getting any character development because of it.
  5. Depending on your view, the nightclub scene can be a bit stupid.
  6. False advertising: On one of the posters, there was a poster that Neo and Trinity wearing their black suits, that meant to be uses at the final battle with Agent Smith, but in the movie, it barely had any screentime what they wear from the first two movie, and Trinity was never involved in the final battle at all. In addition, Trinity at very near the end of the movie and near the final battle, was killed off right after they crashed landed into the building.
  7. On the topic of Trinity’s death, by killing her off a second time after she was killed in the previous film and brought back by Neo, this makes him saving her life pointless. The scene also noticeably goes on for a long time and Trinity doesn’t even sound like she is dying. Check BQ 15 for an error in this scene involving the props.
  8. The only thing that the movie Revolutions focuses on more on the older, and the newer characters rather than focusing on Neo Anderson, and Neo almost didn't get any much on screen-time at all. Instead, it focuses too much on wars, more on talking and the characters, neither focusing on our beloved fan-favorite character Neo Anderson.
  9. Speaking of screen time, despite being arguably the main villain of the franchise, Agent Smith has only two scenes in this film (being his meeting with the Oracle and his final fight with Neo) unless you count the scenes with Bane being possessed by Smith.
  10. Has some cool concepts but manages to screw them up, on the other addition, the CGI effects for the Sentinel and the robots were pretty mediocre by 2003 standards.
    • Not only that, but the CGI of flying Neo Anderson and Agent Smith at the final battle looks very cartoonish, and way worse than Reloaded's.
      • In fact, what makes this worse is that Jeff Lew of all people made these effects.
  11. The film feels very anticlimactic than being a thriller action film.
  12. Although a lot of the acting is good as mentioned below, there is some bad acting, especially from Lachy Hulme as Sparks, and Bruce Spence as The Trainman.
  13. Several characters are under-utilised - Morpheus' role in the trilogy was fulfilled in the second film, so he barely does anything, Trinity gets taken hostage and is killed off before the climax, Seraph is defeated offscreen and aside from Niobe, the characters from Enter the Matrix have mere cameos.
  14. The Battle of Zion focuses on the side characters rather than any of the leads.
  15. Plot holes everywhere. For example:
    • Even though Neo planned to peacefully surrender to the machines when he reached the city, he made no effort to communicate this to the machines via radio. Considering that Neo still had the 'codes' that the Architect wanted and that the EMP from a single ship would barely make a dent in the city's defenses, the machines would have surely been open to a peaceful surrender, but Neo does not even attempt this, resulting in Trinity's death.
    • When Trinity is shown dying, Neo bends over her and, in doing so, slightly moves her body which, in turn, moves the fake poles that are supposed to have gone through her body.
    • Even though Commander Locke stressed the importance of destroying the digging machines earlier in the film, no effort is made to do so when the dock is (temporarily) free of sentinels, and he seems only interested in disciplining the crew of the ship that disabled their equipment.
    • The ending. When Neo and Smith were facing each other, and Neo stated that he is right, Smith is forced to assimilate him, and what happens next? After he assimilated him, Neo uses his powers, and breaks the sunglasses, which causes a massive explosion throughout the city, killing both Neo and Smith; and after that, Neo sacrificed himself to save both the machines and humans, is unplugged from the Matrix and his body is respectfully carried away by the machines, and after this, the machines follow up on a promise to spare Zion.
  16. There are a lot of flashing lights in the film, mostly during the end.
  17. A few characters from the previous films are not seen or mentioned in the film, such as Agent Johnson.

Good Qualities

  1. The special effects are still spectacular, thanks to Jeff Lew, who later made the cult film Killer Bean Forever.
  2. The fight scenes are still entertaining for a while in the third act, despite its mess it had been done as mentioned above.
    • The final fight of Neo and Agent Smith is pretty epic at that moment, which it's almost as entertaining as the first two films, and it was almost praised by the fanbase.
  3. Agent Smith is still an awesome villain.
  4. Decent filming locations.
  5. There are a few good scenes, such as Agent Smith and his clones meeting the Oracle.
  6. Many great quotes such as:
    • “This is my world! MY WORLD!”
    • “Everything that has a beginning has an end Neo.”
    • “Mr. Anderson, welcome back. We missed you.”
  7. Epic and an awesome soundtrack like the first two films had, also, the song called "Navras" (which is a goa trance remix of "Neodämmerung") was one of the best parts of the film.
  8. Unlike the first two films, its Latin American Spanish dubbing is very satisfying.
  9. A lot of the acting is still good. For example:
    • Keanu Reeves still gives a great performance as Neo.
    • Laurence Fishburne also still gives a great performance as Morpheus and this is sadly the final time we see Laurence Fishburne play Morpheus, as he was re-cast in the next film.
    • Carrie-Anne Moss' performance as Trinity is still great.
    • Same can be also said for Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith. Sadly this is the final time we see Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith, as he was re-cast in the next film.
    • Kevin Michael Richardson did a good job voicing the Machine Leader.
  10. The original characters are still great, memorable and lovable, like Neo, despite the new characters being more focus than him, and Trinity.
  11. Neo and Trinity's deaths have a lot of emotional impact, if you ignore the fact that the next film retcons it and gave them new bodies with similar likeness.
  12. Great cinematography.
  13. At least this film didn't kill The Matrix franchise.
  14. It would have made more sense to release the film in 2004, rather than in 2003, and as mentioned above, some of the concepts are cool.
  15. Great direction by the Wachowski Brothers.
  16. Even if it was plagued with flaws, depending on your view it was an okay way to end The Matrix film series because thanks to Neo defeating Smith at the cost of sacrificing his life, the war ends and those who want to be freed from the Matrix are given that option.

Reception

The Matrix Revolutions was released on November 5, 2003, and it received mixed reviews from critics, audiences, and the fans of the series on it's released. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, The Matrix Revolutions holds an approval rating of 35% based on 225 reviews, with an average rating of 5.28/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A disappointing conclusion to the Matrix trilogy as characters and ideas take a back seat to the special effects.". On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 47 out of 100 based on 41 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale, the lowest of the series. On IMDb, it has a 6.8/10 rating. On Letterboxd, the film earned the score of 2.9/5.

One complaint was that Revolutions did not give answers to the questions raised in Reloaded. Some critics criticized the film for being anticlimactic. Additionally, some critics regard the film as less philosophically ambiguous than its predecessor, The Matrix Reloaded. Critics had difficulty finding closure pertaining to events from The Matrix Reloaded, and were generally dissatisfied.

However, Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three stars out of four, despite offering criticisms of his own, on the grounds that it at least provided closure to the story well enough so that fans following the series would prefer seeing it as to not.

The Matrix Resurrections

Just 16 years after the release of Revolutions, Warner Bros. announced that The Matrix 4 was coming in development and set to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures with a simultaneous release on the HBO Max streaming service for 31 days on December 22, 2021 with Neo Anderson and Trinity returning to the franchise. The film was titled Matrix. However, in response to a purported leak of the film's final title on January 31, Warner Bros. informed Screen Rant that the film remained officially untitled. Later, at the CinemaCon, it is officially confirmed that the official title is now The Matrix Resurrections. On September 7, 2021, the first footage for the film was uploaded to the interactive website WhatIsTheMatrix.com. The site offers the option of picking the red or blue pill. Which pill you choose and what time of day you're using the website will determine which teaser video you get to see. There are more than 180,000 video variations, each one featuring footage from The Matrix Resurrections and narration from the movie's cast. It was also announced on that same day that the first full trailer would be released on September 9, 2021. The song "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane is prominently featured in the trailer. Wachowski said the choice of "White Rabbit" for the trailer not only was in reference to the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland elements that The Matrix had previously used and which "White Rabbit" is based on, but also a nod to Jefferson Airplane themselves which was formed as a house band for The Matrix club in San Francisco.

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Trivia

  • It is the second Matrix sequel released in 2003 with the first being Reloaded.
  • The late Aaliyah was originally going to play Zee, but after she died in a plane crash in August 25, 2001, the role was given to Nona Gaye (the daughter of the late Marvin Gaye).

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