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      17.06.2010 17:20

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      Worth seeing if you've stayed dedicated to the trilogy

      I don't know how it did it, but this movie managed to make it's entire concept a backstory. If you watched the first two Matrix movies you'll know all about mans war against the machines. You think an epic battle is going to define the story, well, without giving anything away you may be dissapointed. Don't get me wrong there are some awesome effects with the machine Vs human scenes but the ending...well...it's different alright. By this point you know there's going to be a huge showdown between Neo and agent Smith but believe me, while you thought he was going to be a nice little side story while an epic war raged the writers had the opposite in mind. However i do give credit to the amazing acting in this final chapter in the Matrix trilogy. The actors truely made you feel the tension and certainly it felt as though they were as confused as we were.

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      08.12.2009 14:51

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      Worst of the three but still fun

      note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

      The third Matrix film is rather controversial for a lot of the creative choices made by the Wachowski Brothers, but for the most part it does deliver some thrills, even if it does get bogged down in its own self-serious, portentous concerns, succumbing to a hokey climax despite its surplus of action.

      The film continues immediately after the close of the second film, with Neo (Keanu Reeves) being left in limbo, being held at the whim of the Trainman, who wants to prevent him from returning to The Matrix. Nevertheless, Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne), and Seraph (Collin Chou), attempt to free him, making a deal with the Merovingian that will see them have to confront the Oracle. From here, they will also have to try and stop the destruction of Zion, as the machines finally reach the last city, and the military forces, led by Captain Mifune, will have to use every bit of technology and armour left to repel their forces. Also, of course, Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) has grown beyond anyone's control, and threatens the existence of everyone still alive in the Matrix.

      Yes, the final fight was stupidly over-the-top, and the ending was a disappointment, but I still enjoyed this for the most part. The action scenes were entertaining and the philosophical element was nice chewing gum for the brain. The build up to the final fight, and the very beginning of it was truly awesome, namely thanks to the excellent score from Don Davis. It's not quite as good as the second film, and nowhere near as excellent as the original, but it's still a palatable effort.

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      23.08.2009 03:55
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      The final installment of the Matrix trilogy

      The first time I saw The Matrix, I was astounded by the concept that had been realised onto the big screen, with the entertainment of the possibility that we are all essentially part of 'The Matrix', a false world our minds take us to through connections to the 'mainframe' in the 'real' world, which is in fact like an underground slum, where we are all controlled by machines.

      The second film was one of the most disappointing sequels I had ever seen. Whether this was because the novelty of the tale had worn off, or whether it was because it was just a dire film, I'm not entirely sure. Either way, I didn't enjoy it. So, I was extremely doubtful as to my level of enjoyment through the third and final installment of the trilogy.

      I was, I have to admit, pleasantly surprised in many ways. The action and overall feel good Americanisation of the film was a very welcome addition that was lacking in the second film, which seemed a disorganised follow on from the first with no real direction. This third film definitely had some direction, with the citizens of the city of Zion frantically trying to defend themselves against the invasion of the machines, whilst Neo finds himself splitting his priorities as 'The Chosen One' between the defence and his ongoing battle with Agent Smith.

      Those of you who haven't seen the previous films will probably find watching this more a confusion than an entertainment. It's pretty complicated in its fundamental concept, and watching at the very least the first film is what I would consider essential to being able to follow the rest of the trilogy. While the main characters such as Neo (Keanu Reeves), Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie Ann Moss) all return and are familiar, the rest of the citizens do tend to pale into one, as they all wear the same greying clothing, with an almost chainmail look to it. This is cleverly in complete contrast to the fake world of the Matrix, where people are clad in more glamorous clothing, even if it is still in the basic black, white or grey shading.

      The acting still leaves a little to be desired. I found Hugo Weaving as the haunting Agent Smith to be an impressive continuing character, although his slow drawl does get a bit annoying. Reeves does okay, but it's all too 'hero' as is that of Moss and Fishburne. The poignancy of some of their lines is completely lost as everything they say is given an attempted emphasis as if it is the most important thing ever said to anyone, ever. Did I say 'ever'?!!

      The action scenes, however, are incredibly entertaining, particularly once the harshly constructed defending machines start firing at the attacking machines. Admittedly, it's a little over the top in places, but highly entertaining nonetheless. The martial arts fighting that takes place is also entertaining, but lacking in some of the more clinical elements that made the first film so powerful and novel.

      The special effects seem to have no expense spared, as the machines, like metal jellyfish, dart around the screen for a large part of the film as they race their way to Zion. Some of the flying scenes where the citizens are flying their ships back to safety in the city to aid the defence are impressive as well, and is important to note that this is not all doom and gloom. There is some good work here, but the overall presentation and result of the film is just a bit confusing at times. It doesn't quite gel as much as the first film, and there is just too much going on. Sure, there is more structure than the highly disappointing second film in the trilogy, but it's still not a patch on the first one.

      Matrix Revolutions is available on DVD from amazon.co.uk fo £4.98 at the moment. I caught it on TV for the second time of watching the other night, and was entertained to a certain extent. It passed the time, although I felt they could have done more with it to edge it towards being as impressive as the first film.

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        21.08.2009 23:22
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        The last of the Matrix movies

        The Matrix Revolutions is the final part of the Matrix trilogy made by Warner Brothers.

        During this time Neo is in a coma as he was in the end of Reloaded and Trinity and Morpheus journey into the Matrix to help rescue him having to make a deal with the Merovingian in his club in the Matrix. The scene is all set for an epic battle as the machines grow ever closer to the city of Zion, and there is a really excellent battle portraying the defence of Zion from the machines including Captain Niobe coming in on the Logos to save the day.

        Neo finally makes it out of the coma and his path to end the war between man and machine is made clear to him and he journeys to the city of the machines along with Trinity to face his final battle though there is a suprise as Bane (Agent Smith) has got on board with them and this might be Neos toughest fight yet. Neo must fight Agent Smith and end the war once and for all.. The ending again is a little weird with a strange conclusion which to be honest I still don't fully understand!

        The special effects are really excellent again and there are some great brawls in the Matrix. The defence of Zion is particularly good with thousands of machines on screen with the human war mech suits with machine guns and soldiers all around helplessly trying to fend off the unstoppable machines.

        Keanu Reeves returns as Neo and does a good job especially during the emotional scenes on the movie on the machine planet, Carrie Anne Moss plays Trinity and she also takes part in some really good scenes with Neo. Hugo Weaving as agent Smith has a really mad look in his eye in this movie and is better than ever.

        The DVD extras this time include documentaries explaining how some of the scenes in the movie were created including the battle of zion and the final confrontation with Smith in the Matrix.

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          18.08.2009 14:49
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          This is a really good film, not the best but just watch it

          2003 saw the final instalment of Wachowski brothers Matrix Trilogy, Revolutions follows on directly from Reloaded and ties up the pioneering Sci-Fi that the world seemed to go quite literally berserk for.

          The Wachowski brothers gave birth to a monster in these films and became masters of their craft not only with fantastic story lines, script and a cast that gets better with each film. The third part though is perhaps the darkest of the three and lends itself quite well to the theme of good and evil. Although all three are full of prophecy, indirect religious reference, ideology, mythology, simulated reality and elements of philosophy. In an ongoing battle between man and machine nothing is particularly fresh about this film as it is a direct follow on, but that's the point, these film are hugely successful because of the franchise/institution they've created (you've all see kids hanging around wearing dark glasses and long black coats - hoping people might think they had actually had their minds opened, young girls and boys with slicked back hair and appearing all aloof like Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Neo (Keanu Reeves) and there was even an energy drink (Powerade) that adopted the cyber-green shade of the matrix, (I think it should have been called crapade, or ridiculousade).

          Unfortunately this film was not as greatly received by the world as it previous two parts and (thankfully) the hype overwhelming amount of advertising disappeared fairly quickly (the only reason the drink stayed on shelves for so long was because it tasted like fairy washing up liquid and nobody bought it). This is not to say Revolutions is no good, far from it, it is incredibly entertaining and well worth a watch if not just for the electric blue bolts fizzing around the Logos ship. There are some awesome special effects, as you would expect no less from the W Bros, with their bullet time camera technique becoming more and more refined... Choreographed fight sequences out of this world and spectacular gun fights from start to finish I recommend all three films to anyone who has been hibernating for the last ten years (although don't get confused these are films, not documentaries reflecting how the world has changed since you fell asleep).

          Although you might not get the closure you want from the finale and the answers to all the questions thrown up in the previous movies, there is a sense of resolution and quite symbolically a new dawn emerges at the end of the this film. However if you want all those questions answered or you wanna pick holes in things and you have an inclination to put things down because it just didn't communicate to you then...get a relationship with another human being, stop being such a tawdry fool and let something entertain you even if only on face value...this is a good film that can be enjoyed if you see past your own expectation and stop asking so much of someone's else's creativity.

          Prepare for confusion, riotous mahem, a huge school of metal squiddies that will blow your mind when they merge together to form a giant talking head, also this film does hold a certain sense of beauty in the end of era kind of way, let's not forget that a generation of kids have now grown up on these film, well almost.

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            27.05.2009 14:50
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            After the provise of the first film, the final two let the trilogy down

            The Matrix Revolutions, the film that concludes the tale.

            The machines are still tunnelling toward Zion, while Neo lies comatose aboard the Mjollnir. However Neo is jacked into the Matrix without any physical connection, trapped in a form of digital Limbo after his mysterious burst of power in the real world. Morpheus and Trinity go into the Matrix to rescue Neo from the clutches of the Merovingian, then Neo visits the Oracle one last time to find the answers to his questions.

            Yet while Agent Smith is busy remaking the Matrix over in his own image, a sinister traitor awakes aboard the Mjollnir. Still, Neo learns what has to be done, and while he and Trinity set out to accomplish this, the others must return to Zion as the humans make their last stand against the machines, even now breaking into the hidden city. Tonight the war will end, one way or another.

            The Matrix Revolutions gets a pristine 2.40:1 anamorphic transfer. The picture is pin sharp. Once again the Matrix can be distinguished by a faint greenish tinge and despite the prevalence of dark scenes, and the fact that the climax takes place in a rainstorm with plenty of particulate motion, the image remains as reference quality throughout.

            This film is once again a special effects bonanza, with all disciplines used in bringing the dual worlds to life. The fight sequences are just as explosive as before and Revolutions makes substantial use of computer generated images just as Reloaded did.

            There's been a quantum leap in image quality and photo-realism in the intervening months though, and there is little as distracting as the Burly Brawl. Still, I do find the excessive use of CGI distracting, no matter how well accomplished it looks, and certain moments in the climax were jarring in their unreality.

            Once again the sound comes in DD 5.1 English and German and befitting an action movie, it's a powerful vibrant soundtrack that makes full use of the surrounds. You would expect nothing less of a film like this and just as Reloaded, it's impossible to fault technically.

            The dialogue is clear throughout, and Don Davis' music is exactly what we have come to expect from the Matrix movies. The music for the climax and the end credits fits the tone of the film and makes a change from music of the first two. Subtitles are provided in several European languages, both for the film and the extras.

            I couldn't begin this section without mentioning the cover, which is simply horrendous. It's as if they couldn't make up their minds about which image to use, so they stuck all four on. In addition, it's stylistically different from the first two discs. The animated menus are once again gorgeous to look at, and once again they give too much of the story away, not that Revolutions has that much story to begin with.

            On disc 1, as well as the film, you will find trailers for all three films, as well as a short trailer for the Animatrix.

            On disc 2, Revolutions Recalibrated is the main documentary that runs for 27 minutes. It's the making of, with behind the scenes footage as well as interviews with the cast and crew. There's some interesting stuff among the monotony.

            CG Revolution is 16 minutes and shows just how much CG was used in this film, and how it was used.

            Super Burly Brawl is 6 minutes and is a multi-angle featurette that looks at the film's climax via the final footage, the storyboards and the behind the scenes footage.

            Operator leads to four featurettes, Neo Realism, 13 minutes, looks at more CGI and how it was used to replace actors and digitally create bullet time. Super Big Mini Models, 9 minutes, looks at the models used to realise some of the effects. Double Agent Smith, 7 minutes, looks at how the many Smiths were realised for the final scenes. Mind Over Matter, 8 minutes, looks at the stunts and how the wirework was accomplished and enhanced for Revolutions.

            Before The Revolution is an update for all that has come before, to help you catch up with the story. This is presented in chronological order in five sections, Birth, The Matrix, The One, Zion, and Truth. You get information in the form of text and images, as well as the occasional movie clip.

            3D Evolution is a fairly comprehensive image gallery, of concept art, storyboards and the final scenes. There's a fair number of images you can view in a 6-minute slideshow, but navigating through the images via the remote isn't easy, and the interface is clumsy.

            On the whole the extras are a vast improvement over Reloaded, but still lack depth.

            The Matrix was such an amazing film that bettering it would have been difficult. With the Matrix Reloaded, it rapidly became apparent that it was as nowhere near as good as the first, but the hope remained that in conjunction with Revolutions, the two sequels would combine to form a whole worthy of the first film. Unfortunately Revolutions reveals that hope to be a forlorn one.

            Yes, it completes the story and it is in a few ways better than Reloaded. In some ways it's worse though. Revolutions is a technically accomplished film, as visually striking as we have come to expect, filled with action but on the whole it's just not satisfying. While it isn't that good, it isn't a turkey either, it's just walks a fine line of mediocrity that leaves the slightest of sour tastes in the mouth.

            Revolutions is overlong, we get a slow build up as Neo recovers and a course of action is decided on. Then comes the climactic defence of Zion, an amazing piece of cinema, stunningly choreographed and like little seen before.

            When that battle ended, I wiped sweat from my brow and relaxed, but there was more to come, nearly an hour as Neo has yet to face his final confrontation. I simply didn't care at this point, though that may have more to do with the nature of the Super Burly Brawl itself. In hindsight, both Revolutions and Reloaded feel like one film split down the middle and stretched tenuously to fill four hours.

            The script is tired and rehashed. There's another lobby shoot-out, Trinity gets to wheel out her trademark Scorpion and Dragon kicks, Neo has yet another chat with the Oracle and yet another battle with Smith.

            A complaint I had about the first sequel, Neo's invincibility has been addressed, but the Matrix is now a sterile neutral place. We get a glimpse early on of the Merovingian's nightclub, but by the end it has become a rain soaked Smithville. It's an imbalance between the sequels that actually makes Reloaded, despite it's lack of story the more satisfying experience.

            The dialogue similarly suffers. In the first film there was an intelligent dialogue that hinted at a complexity underlying the story. The second film attempted to expand on this, but the dialogue became stilted and cumbersome, especially by the time the Architect was introduced. In the third film, the dialogue is laughable. It's as if the writers thought, "We still have twenty minutes to fill, let's add a few more syllables."

            The final confrontation between Smith and Neo is actually something I found tedious. Once again CGI rears its ugly head, I still can't accept digital actors in place of the real thing, and CGI bullet time is a poor substitute for the ingenuity of the original optical technique.

            I think the sheer implied energy of the combat strains the bounds of fantasy, let alone reality, when both Smith and Neo take to the air to fight in a sort of free-fall dance, there's no frame of reference, and the mid-air kung fu lacks weight and is unsatisfying, also the earth-shattering collisions between the two quickly jade. Smith himself is a parody of the character created in the first film, indeed in one of the story points of Revolutions he is reduced in stature to little more than an aspect of Neo. Even Don Davis' music sounds tired and repetitive. As the visuals of the Matrix Revolutions scream, "More! More! More!" everything fundamental about the film just whispers "less, less, less".

            The Matrix Revolutions is a visual experience on a par with the first two films. Stunning set pieces, amazing action and mind blowing visual effects unfortunately do little to hide a narrative vacuum. The extras on the discs surpass those on Reloaded, but are still thin, no doubt anticipating the inevitable Super Special Editions. But if you are a Matrix completist like myself, you probably already have the disc or anticipate buying it soon. As long as you don't fool yourself into expecting something this film isn't, you won't be disappointed.

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              13.05.2009 09:38
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              watch it now

              The third and final Matrix film is Matrix Revolutions. This final chapter will tie up all the loose ends from the previous films.

              Neo's power in the Matrix is greater than ever before, he has a connection to the machines. He can feel their presence in reality. The machines are planning a final attack on the city of Zion. Zion is prepared for the attack but not the numbers of machines that fight in the war. Their only hope, Neo must somehow bring the war to an end. Neo travels to the machine city in this film where he meets his destiny.

              The films special effects are brilliant, with a look into the underground city and how such a city could exist. You will delve into machine city and question what can be achieved.

              The film keeps you on the edge of your seat, with no soppiness such as Matrix Reloaded. The story is brought together in a dramatic finale satisfying all questions.

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                14.09.2008 19:37
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                Could've been so much more...

                The Matrix Revolutions is the final part in The Matrix saga. In it, Zion is preparing for the oncoming onslaught of the machines in which they stand no chance of survival. Meanwhile, Neo is held captive by the Merovingian at a train station so Trinity & Morpheus set out on a journey to rescue him so he can save everyone.

                This one suffers from the same thing Reloaded did. It's too pretentious and some of the philosophical aspects feel forced. The actions scenes aren't as good either, so there's less to keep you entertained as some scenes can drag on a bit.

                I was probably more psyched for this one than Reloaded because of one thing: The war with the machines. I remember being stunned when I saw it first, it looked absolutely incredible. hundreds of thousands of sentinels moving so effortlessly, almost as one giant mechanical creature. It reminded me of the way schools of fish can swim like one giant fish, it's almost like there's just one consciousness. There was so many flashing lights and things to see on the screen I almost felt dizzy! The final fight was overblown, I know they were trying to raise the bar in what could be done in a movie but I still think we have a ways yet before we can do something like that with a high degree of realism.

                The acting is good again, albeit not as good as the first one as the script can be rather clunky at times. If you want to see a Matrix film I suggest you stick with the first one, it's not as bogged down and has better action scenes.

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                  04.09.2008 02:39
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                  look, dont think. and enjoy. but dont think.

                  Picking up where the last movie left off (meaning this film is of no use to viewers as a stand-alone movie by expecting you to see its predecessor) we pick up with Trinity watching over the injured Neo and our recently discovered survivor who we know from the previous movie is inhabited by Agent Smith. Of the 3 films this 1 is unique because it doesn't start with a Trinity action sequence like the other 2 did.

                  One of the themes explored in this movie is the idea of artificial intelligence, computers or programs that are able to comprehend human emotions and concepts much like the family of Programs that Neo meets in the station that exists as a transit point between The Matrix & the machine world.

                  The 1st hugely bad idea in the film is the coat check scene. This has really already been fully covered in the original movie when Neo & Trinity rescued Morpheus so this wasn't something we hadn't already seen. It also very closely mirrors going to find The Keymaker from the 2nd film so it's not like it hadn't been seen just once either.

                  Once the film hits the 30 to 40 minute mark it really starts to drag its feet with the preparations for the war on Zion. It seems like at this point in the film they just ran out of ideas and decided to just drag scenes out for as long as possible whether they contributed to the plot or not regardless of how it effected the pacing of the movie in general. Neo is incredibly stupid as are all the freed Zionites who have ever seen or spoken to Agent Smith. None of them seem to recognise Smith's voice from the guy he took over inside The Matrix.

                  The Mech's defending Zion aren't anything new (Almost certainly stolen from Quake 2 or RobotJox, depending on your frame of reference). Their defence strategy is laughably American, shoot as many bullets as you possibly can in the vague hope of hitting something. (Clearly not a good idea when Zion obviously has limited resources?).

                  I also didn't understand why they weren't using EMP weapons which would have been the quickest and best defence against electronic creatures like the squids. Zion had already shown they HAD EMP technology in film 1 (destroying the squid that boarded the Neb).

                  Now clearly they DO have EMP weapons as they are using them to defend Gate 3 and the guys reloading the Mech's so why the hell weren't the Mech's fitted with them? It is obvious Trinity will die, really she has to for Neo to be able to truly destroy The Matrix and save Zion.

                  Without the pain of her death he would never have enough power. I did wonder exactly how he was going to get back into The Matrix without anyone to jack him in but they solved that quite nice with the machine intelligence doing it for him, leading of course to the final battle with all the Smith Clones.

                  Yes, it's ridiculously over the top and far too over done and goes on for too long. I assume by allowing Smith to infect him Neo then has the ability to control all the Smith clones and destroy them which in turns destroys the entire Matrix as Smith has become so many people in The Matrix. In actuality by destroying all the Smiths Neo has simply reset The Matrix into its 7th incarnation.

                  This is an incredibly weak and poorly explained ending which could have been done much better. as the ending of a trilogy this is not a good movie. It is not a good movie in its own right either.
                  The best of the trilogy as in most cases was the original. The 2nd and 3rd films really aren't worth bothering with.

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                    15.04.2007 14:19
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                    A dramatic ending to the trilogy.

                    Revolutions is the climax of the choices Neo has made. With the Matrix being one of the most exciting and complex trilogys of all time, it can be daunting to watch this film, however if you are a follower of the franchise it is something you will not want to miss. In my previous review I covered Reloaded, and you will want to watch that film before reading the entirity of this review. The 'to be concluded' ending of Reloaded is where we enter Revolutions, and the big subject at hand is the Smith who has taken over the body of someone who was previous freed of the Matrix, making Smith more of a threat to Neo than he has ever been before.

                    Keanu Reeves returns to play his role as Neo, one of the easiest roles in the film as pretty much all he has to do is act wooden and eat his vegetables so he looks in a realistic condition to do some of the stunts his character can do. Afterall I explained in the Reloaded review that Neo can now fly and have premonitions of the future, and Neo is going to need to use all the powers he's got if he has any chance of ending the war against the machines. At the end of Reloaded Neo choose to save Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) rather than go to the 'source' and end the war. This could be a costly decision, and has even Morpheus (Laurence Fishburn) doubting the prophecy that Neo is 'the One' and can end the war.

                    Neo is still in his coma, although as the medical atendee points out his vital signs are reading as though he is in the Matrix. When Morpheus puts a search through to try and find him, he is no where to be seen, that is because Neo is trapped in Mobil Ave. No coincidence that it's an anagram of limbo. Along with an Asian family, Neo is in what appears like a train station. The family are awaiting on the 'Traindriver', a program that controls what goes in and out of the Matrix. Upon hearing word from the Oracle, Morpheus and Trinity realise Neo is going to require their help and they go into the Matrix to hunt down this Traindriver.

                    The Traindriver, although he appears more like a tramp, is in his element down in his tiny station and there is nothing Neo can do to overpower him. Morpheus and Trinity therefore have to go break into a club and speak with Merovingian and his wife, the French characters from Reloaded. In my opinion, both these characters play their role really well and put the rest of the cast to shame. A main subject in the film is love, be it an emotion or just a fickle word the human psyche has thought up. Love is what will come to Neo's aid.

                    I mentioned how many action sequences there were with Neo in Reloaded, and that is why come Revolutions it is the turn of some other action sequences to step into the spotlight with some fantastic special affects. When the machines finally do attack Zion it is an all out war, and this scene is mixed in with Captain Naobi trying to fly her ship back to Zion and escape the machines following her and the crew. I know this scene goes on for a while, but it is so well put together the time passes by speedily.

                    When Smith embodied in someone who has been freed from the Matrix awakes from his coma he doesn't have much to say, although no one has any grounds to condemn him for apparently ruining an attack on the machines. It is not until later in the film that we witness the first and only fight between Neo and Smith out of the Matrix, and it is set to end in disaster. With this being the final film in the trilogy that makes every last character disposable, adding an element of excitement to the film because you never know who the directors may want to kill off next.

                    Running for 124 minutes makes Revolutions shorter than Reloaded, although the film does everything it needs to in bringing the trilogy to its end. Once again the film is a certificate 15 and whilst it doesn't include as much swearing as Reloaded some of the scenes could be unsettling for younger viewers. When I first watched the Matrix trilogy I found the ending really sad, but incredibly intriguing, and it makes me wonder what they could ever do with a fourth Matrix film. I've watched it again over the past 2 days and the ending isn't as sad as I once found it, although Matrix will always go down as a piece of cinematic genius.

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                      A feeble end to the trilogy - this could have been SO much better!

                      After the disaster that was The Matrix Reloaded, even the suggestion of The Matrix Revolutions was enough to make me curl my lip. The transition from parts one to two was largely a journey from masterpiece to mediocrity and I’m sure I wasn’t alone in losing all interest in the whole thing after Reloaded. But curiosity finally got the better of me, and last weekend I finally sat down to watch The Matrix Revolutions, the final part of the Wachowski Brothers’ Matrix trilogy.

                      It seems such a shame that a promising franchise like this would ultimately deliver two of the most reviled films of recent years, but the sad fact is that there are now very few people on the planet who want to see another Matrix film go into production. The most disappointing thing about the two films following The Matrix is that commercially they really couldn’t fail. Despite the fact that you’ll struggle to find a single praiseworthy review of either of them, the stars all got paid millions, the films took kerzillions at the box office and you just know that the Wachowski Brothers are totally loaded as a result of their enterprise.

                      But what of Revolutions itself?

                      In the third part of the trilogy, the story picks up roughly where Reloaded ended. Our hero, Neo, is in a comatose state, trapped somewhere between The Matrix and the real world. It is up to the ever-resourceful Trinity and Morpheus to rescue him – but they’ve got other problems to contend with. Swarms of sentinels are descending upon Zion, the last refuge of humanity. Could this be Man’s last stand against the machines?

                      Where did it all go wrong?

                      The biggest problem with the whole trilogy, but more so with the latter two films, is that the idea of the Matrix has become utterly, utterly confused through a combination of stupidity, lazy storytelling and sheer wankiness. Analogies of religion, philosophy and the meaning of life erupt and rotate but you’re never quite sure what you are supposed to think. I found the first film quite confusing the first time I saw it, but after a second viewing and lots of discussion with friends, I settled into my own comfortable perception of things. By the end of Revolutions I just sat there in a bemused fashion thinking to myself, “Whatever!” Is Neo supposed to be the Son of God, or the new messiah? Exactly what or who was Agent Smith supposed to represent? What was the relationship between The Oracle, Smith and Neo supposed to be? Everyone who has seen the film will no doubt have their own perceptions of the answers to these questions, but I can guarantee that I’d be able to find fault in your theory, because the plot simply isn’t cohesive or well considered.

                      As a film in its own right, Revolutions is also a rather patchy affair. There is no recap at the beginning to remind us of what has gone before and only a real Matrophile would instantly grasp what was going on. At one scene I turned to my friend and simply asked, “What exactly are they supposed to be doing?” to which the response was, “Your guess is as good as mine.” And this kind of sums up the whole of the film to me. For a significant part of the film, Neo is nowhere to be seen and the action instead switches to the battle taking place in the underground city of Zion. Things then eventually switch back to Neo and his final mission and you start to think that this is two films stitched into one. It’s also better if you just assume that Neo is basically omnipotent. As the film progresses, his powers seem to exert themselves in both the real world and the Matrix and you soon start to question why he didn’t start to do these things a bit sooner. I’d like to think that the Wachowski brothers didn’t make this up as they went along, but my suspicion is that this is exactly what they did.

                      The characterisation in Revolutions is also out of sorts with the other two films. For starters, Morpheus seems to lose any kind of significance and becomes relegated to a simple supporting cast member. The real life death of Gloria Foster has a disastrous impact on the film, in that a new (inferior) actress is drafted in to play the Oracle in what becomes the character’s most significant film of the three. The attempt to explain the change in her appearance is simply that – an attempt – and a failed one at that. To my mind, they would have been much better off simply dispensing with the character altogether. The bad guys from the second film are sorely underused, getting little more than five minutes’ screen time and even Neo doesn’t get the exposure that you’d expect. The finished product is a film that feels completely different to the other two. In terms of acting, however, Revolutions is consistent with the first two. Keanu Reeves (Neo) is wooden. Laurence Fishburne (Morpheus) is pompous. Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) is ugly. The only saving turn is Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith who really is the most deliciously unpleasant bad guy you ever could hope to meet.

                      Even more amazing is the fact that very little action in the film actually takes place in the Matrix. Whereas the first two films where shoved full of action/combat sequences in that reality-altering virtual world, in Revolutions, the larger part of the story takes place in the real world. This greatly limits the potential to include scenes of wacky, exciting combat. The assault on Merovingian’s palace at the beginning actually feels like a copy of the climactic scenes of the first film. Such scenes are still hugely enjoyable however and it is a real loss to the film experience for them to be in such short supply.

                      By far the most disappointing/ludicrous thing about the film is the climax. Bearing in mind that this film is actually the culmination of a series of three, as opposed to just the one, the story is drawn to a close in such a way that it threatens to incite anger, tears or both. Having gone to the trouble of introducing millions of agents Smith into the proceedings, the makers casually throw them aside with some paltry excuse as to why Smith wants to fight one on one. Whatever! Neo and Smith then proceed to repeatedly punch each other’s lights out in some grand, rain-fuelled spectacle like a scene from a Superman movie that has neither style nor substance. And then everyone clearly gets very bored, as the whole thing limps to a dull and somewhat unfathomable conclusion. If you’ve never felt cheated in your life then watch these three films in succession – it’ll open your eyes to a whole new emotion.

                      But before I start to drown in a pool of my own venom, I should also talk about the thing that I liked about this film. The battle scenes set in the city of Zion really are superb. The humans decide that they will make a last stand at one of the docking bays, where they hope to force the sentinels (nasty machines) to create a bottle-neck so that they can be more easily picked up. The scale and spectacle of the whole thing is utterly superb and is put together in such a way that it just doesn’t feel like one of those dreadful CGI scenes that have ruined George Lucas’ career. Some of the humans equip themselves in huge – and cool - robotic battle suits. There are no glitzy touches like lasers and fancy lights. The fighting is all done with sweat, blood and bullets and I would rate this as one of the most impressive battle scenes that I have ever seen in a film. The swarms of sentinels are both sinister and rather frightening and you really do start to feel the desperation of the poor humans fighting for their lives. The vision and imagination behind these scenes betrayed a real flair on the part of the Wachowski brothers and I can’t help thinking that with a more conventional, robust story line they could really weave some magic.

                      At just over two hours in total running time, Revolutions is an unnecessary extravagance that will, sadly, find itself relegated to the “Could Have Been So Much Better” archives. Despite the fantastic battle scenes, I still can’t help writing the whole thing off and some good bits don’t justify a recommendation. Save your cash and wait until this comes onto Channel Five. Everything that has a beginning certainly does have an end. What a shame that something that had such an exciting beginning finally turned out to have a damp, uninspiring end.

                      Not recommended

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                        To say I was surprised would be a serious understatement…

                        Well shiver me timbers, tie me to a chair and beat me with a feather duster, rub me with asphalt and call me Ginger… (note to self – make sure no-one who knows where I live suffers from literalism before writing that sort of thing…) – this is actually a Very Good film! And believe me, after the atrocity that was Matrix: Reloaded, no-one could be more surprised to find me saying that than myself. In my review of it on Epinions, I described Reloaded as “contender for the worst film ever”, “an insult to the audience’s intelligence”, “risible”, and “tedious”. I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so vitriolic about any other film in a full review.

                        But Revolutions, although filmed at the same time as Reloaded, is infinitely better. To refresh your memory about the plot:

                        In the Beginning…

                        In the original Matrix Neo (Keanu Reeves) finds out that the world he lives in is in fact a simulation of reality creating be machines (The Matrix), though everyone inside it believes it to be the real world. The machines need the energy from humans’ bodies to continue – this all came about after a war between humans and machines, which the humans lost rather badly.

                        Neo is rescued into actual reality by Morpheus (Laurence Fishbourne), who believes that he is “The One”, a person prophesied to have the power to alter the very nature of the Matrix. Morpheus’ belief in Neo is unshakeable, but not shared by many of the free humans. Along the way Neo falls in love with Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), who believes in him because the Oracle, who everyone believes is wise, told her that she would fall in love with “The One”. Agents, powerful programs that roam the Matrix eliminating anything that might threaten it, including the free humans who are “jacked in” to it, try and fail to stop Neo. The most sinister of these is Agent Smith – more on him later…

                        The film appears to end with the power to end the Matrix and thus end the machines’ control over humans. And let it be said that The Matrix was a very good film. Whereas…

                        Reloaded but needs rebooting…

                        Matrix: Reloaded continues the story and set a new low in film-making. Apart from the fact that it was a terrible film, the story goes that the machines are about to launch an unstoppable attack . Agent Smith has mutated and can clone himself by taking over other programs (this leads to probably the most boring fight scene in all film history when thousands of Agent Smiths attack Neo). However this is an important plot development, and you wouldn’t understand events in the final film without it. There is also a program represented in the Matrix by an obnoxious French bloke, who makes a cursory appearance in Revolutions…

                        Neo also meets The Architect, the program that designed the Matrix, and learns things about himself and the nature of his universe that unsettle him. Towards the end of the film he appears to gain new powers but struggles to know how to use them – though he works some of it out in time to bring Trinity back from the dead. But he ends up in a coma right at the end of the film…

                        Revolutions don’t have to include the revolting…

                        Well now. I’ve told you the basic storyline of the first two films, but I’m not going to tell you any of this film’s story. It has a good plot with plenty of twists, and right to the end it didn’t turn out how I thought it would. The only thing I will tell you is that the plot centres more around the real struggle between mankind and technology, rather than the struggle inside the Matrix. This is a million times more effective and creates real tension. One of the main problems with Reloaded was that it was almost all inside the Matrix and you knew it wasn’t real, and you didn’t really care that Neo got blown up or punched through a mountain since you knew he’d just get up again at the end of it. This is different – the battle scenes here are extreme and very realistic, perhaps in their own way as good as the battle at Helm’s Deep in The Two Towers.

                        Revolutionary SFX…

                        The special effects are just unbelievable. The trouble with the effects that made the first film so ground-breaking was that once you’d seen them, they weren’t groundbreaking anymore. So the second film was just more of the same, and got boring very quickly. Revolutions contains special effects that are new, and some that maybe aren’t quite so new but are still extremely visually impressive.

                        Characterisation

                        Well, this hasn’t exactly been a strong point in any of the films, but is reasonably good here. Several rather peripheral characters from the previous movie are given a more prominent role here and do well. (I’m not going to tell you which ones at that would give away some of the plot). This also helps the film to be more interesting because, let’s face it, Neo isn’t actually that interesting a character, despite his powers and Messianic status. The emotional scenes between himself and Trinity were actually emotional this time, though, which is a fantastic improvement!

                        Morpheus kept his mouth shut most of the time, which was a real blessing after the banal speeches of the previous film. Even Agent Smith’s chronic overacting and the nauseating Frenchmen were so much more bearable this time around – largely because there is a wry sense of humour about the whole thing, which really worked for me. The Oracle wasn’t so annoying either. Everything that was terrible about the second film had either been removed or toned down, and what made the first film good was improved upon. Very little philosophy is pushed on us this time, and what there is manages to be subtler and even makes a lot of sense! Refreshing to say the least… sorry but I just can’t help comparing it the Reloaded…

                        It doesn’t adopt an “all main good characters survive” policy either, adding a refreshing realism to the proceedings. With one main character it didn’t seem certain to me if they were actually going to survive or not – not telling you who though! Many questions are left with open-ended answers or none at all, which in this case works a lot better than trying to tie up every loose end…

                        One final comment. Although it seems a little contrived at times, the film contains characters of about every race possible, which is nice to see. (Okay they’re mostly computer programs rather than real people, but it’s still nice to see… I thought so anyway!).


                        Everything that has a beginning has an end…

                        The ending is very good, doesn’t take the easy way out, and has some real surprises in there. The atmosphere of the whole film is very tense, sometimes almost unbearably so. I really enjoyed it, but a slight proviso on the 5-star rating – that’s for the first time you see it. Much as I enjoyed it, Revolutions is not the sort of film I’d want to see again in a hurry. That’s more to do with the type of film than the quality of it, though.

                        I’m as surprised to see negative comments about this as I was positive comments about Reloaded – that had nothing to recommend it while this has a lot. It’s a very satisfying end to the trilogy, and much, much better than I had come to expect. If I had a hat, I would take my hat off to the Wachowski brothers (writers/producers).


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                        It seems to me as though everyone who hated Reloaded loved this one, and vice-versa. I think my view of this film was also slightly coloured by my hatered of Reloaded, and the relief that I felt seeing that it was far better (IMHO, of course!). If you liked Reloaded, don't expect to like this one, but if you loathed Reloaded, I expect you'll enjoy this one immensely.



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                          29.04.2005 21:24
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                          This review is about the hit movie The Matrix Revolutions; I will be talking about the movie as much as I can. Thank you for reading this review.

                          This film continues from the previous, The Matrix Reloaded. The film is about the Sentinels about to attack the city Zion; they have nearly broken through the city roof. The safety of the world lies on Neo's soldiers. Agent Smith is let out of the Matrix, and he is hoping to kill Neo. He has all his copies, and wishes to kill Neo. Near the end of the film, Neo and Agent Smith has a stand off within this abandoned city, there are a 2 rows of Agent Smith's either side of this long road. Neo and Agent Smith battle for the future of the real world, who will succeed, who will save the real world, does it get saved, buy the film and find out.

                          There are a lot of deaths in this film, and you actually get to see Zion on its full depth. Niobe and Ghost also put their part in this; they try and lead the sentinels into a big ambush, so they can unleash their E.M.P on them.

                          The story seams sort of believable, not the type of thing that would happen, unless we are in The Matrix right now? There is a great selection of characters; they all do their part in the film. The Oracle is a different actor, other than that, they are all the same.

                          The performances are great, accept Neo, Keanu Reeves (Neo) can not act, even if his life depended on it. He’s like... "What happens if I fail", well who the hell knows. "I can’t do that", why f**king not. The soundtrack is great, has some good relevant music, sounds good as well, they have an album out for it as well. It’s around £10 I think.

                          The special effects are good, I like it when they go into slow motion and fight, it’s so sweet, I like it, and indeed I do. The special effects are great even, used them a lot in this film.

                          The actors:
                          Mary Alice.... The Oracle
                          Tanveer K. Atwal.... Sati
                          Helmut Bakaitis .... The Architect
                          Kate Beahan .... Coat Check Girl
                          Francine Bell .... Councillor Grace
                          Monica Bellucci .... Persephone
                          Rachel Blackman .... Charra
                          Henry Blasingame .... Deus Ex Machina (voice)
                          Ian Bliss .... Bane
                          David Bowers .... Q-Ball Gang Member #1
                          Zeke Castelli .... Operations Officer Mattis
                          Sing Ngai .... Seraph (as Collin Chou)
                          Essie Davis .... Maggie
                          Laurence Fishburne .... Morpheus
                          Nona M. Gaye .... Zee (as Nona Gaye)

                          The Many funny words of Neo:

                          "What happens if I fail"

                          "I cant do that"

                          "Trinity, Stop"

                          "So, If I give you the finger *sticks middle thinger up*, and you give me my phone call"

                          I must admit, its just how he says it, he thinks hes almighty, because he is the chosen one, but I have a message for you Neo, I could be the chosen one, and do a better job then you ever could, you fall in love with the black haired women, all the time, you have done this like 7 times so far Mr Anderson?

                          This DVD costs around £12 - £20

                          I like this film, but it is not as good as the original, so I will give this film a 4 star, because it could have been better some how.

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                            26.03.2005 11:58
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                            • "Not enough action"

                            "Everything that has a beginning has an end," thunders the tagline for the third and final instalment in The Wachowski Brothers' sci-fi epic. Thank God for that, because this lazy third entry in the ground-pummelling series is enough to make you shred your fanboy anorak in disgust. It's not even the oodles of chin-stroking geek-speak and reams of pseudo-religious twaddle- we've all come to expect that even as we've tired of it. No, the real problem is that our hero vanishes off the screen for half the movie and, even more puzzling, the set-pieces go with him.

                            Okay, so "The Matrix Reloaded"'s plot was riddled with as many holes as a sponge in colander, but at least it pushed FX boundaries and offered super-kinetic set-pieces. "The Matrix Revolutions", shot back-to-back with its predecessor, is dull, feeling more like a particularly tedious war movie than a sleek, imaginative sci-fier.

                            Picking up where "Reloaded" left off, it continues the epic man-versus-machines battle, with Neo (Keanu Reeves) leaving Zion behind in order to save it from Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving). Zion's inhabitants, meanwhile, prepare to stand their ground against the tunnelling sentinels...

                            Which leads to one of "Revolutions"' two notable set-pieces, all hell breaking loose in Zion's docking ba when the mechwarriors finally smash their way through. The other is Neo's neverending super-brawl with Agent Smith, our foes taking to the skies for an almighty scrap. They clash together. And fly apart. And clash together. And fly apart... Great effects, maybe, but it soon gets boring.

                            Minus the wow-factor, we're left with little to do but ponder the kind of excruciatingly awful dialogue that would make George Lucas blush ("Illusions. Vagaries of perception. The temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect..."). And, when you get fed up of sniggering at the clunky lines, you mind can wander to the bigger questions: how did the glorious cyber-noir mind games of the original turn into this superhero dross? Whatever happened to the initial concept of the brain-slurped pod people? And have we really sat through six hours of bumpy journeying to arrive at a climax this weak? This... Anti-climactic?

                            Memo to Andy and Larry: three strikes and you're out, guys. You should have quit while you were ahead and left it at The One.

                            Given the Wachowski Brothers' trademark reticence regarding all things publicity, this double-disc set should have been a disaster. No yak-track? No interviews? Why bother?

                            Because everything that HAS been lined up is quality. The main Making Of featurettes cover the CG effects, the Neo-versus-Agent-Smith battle and, in "Revolutions Re-Calibrated", just about everything else. All three docs serve up plenty of talking heads/ conceptual art to keep things interesting.

                            The rest of the extras are equally good, with an in-depth look (or should that be plug?) for "The Matrix Online" videogame, stacks of pre-visualisations and a 3D timeline for the entire story. Best of all is "Follow The White Rabbit". Click on the bunny and you'll be able to access four extra features. Between them, they tackle models, bullet-time, the replication of Agent Smith and the cast's martial-arts training.

                            On the downside, it seems that some of the actors have taken their cues from The Wachowskis, with Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss offering little. It's down to Keanu to provide some hilarious comments. "Thank you for making me cry, because now I can kick higher." he whimpers in "Mind Over Matter".

                            It's a tough job, but that's why there's all those zeroes at the end of your payslip...

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                              First off, this was one hell of a high budget film. Starring Keanu Reeves (Neo), Jada Pinkett Smith (Naomi) and Laurence Fishbourne (Morpheus) in the cast for this filme, it is most definitely not a low budget film. I have to say, its predecessor Matrix reloaded was not my favourite film of all time so this easily surpasses that filme by far. This film can be labelled a whopping success, if you look at gross income alone, but it does lack in fullness as it leaves the ending very inconclusive to the series. In fact, i wouldnt rate this film as a trilogy, there has to be another sequel somewhere along the line surely? Matrix 4: return to Zion or something.

                              Anways, Revolutions picks up where Reloaded left off and Neo, Morpheus and Trinity form a coalition against the machines inevitable attack on their city Zion, the last civilisation of earth while Agent Smith Grins and laughs wickedly while replicating himself inside the matrix.

                              The battle scenes, though amazing, tend to go on forever and you are often left shouting, "finish him off already!" There are 2 major fight scenes in the film, halfway through when the people of Zion load themselves up into Voltron-like giant robots with vulcan cannons to take on the approaching sentinels as well as near the end when Neo takes on Agent Smith head to head. This fight scene involves a lot of computer animation and is very captivating to watch, but the scence of enjoyment is hindered by the appearance that no one is getting hurt or even look hurt for that matter. They all just appear to have come straight out of a beauty spa.

                              After this main fight and a lot of philosophical mumbo jumbo during the movie the film draws itself to an unexplained end where only the sunshine is seen and the credits then show. Don't worry, im not spoiling the ending for you because in my opinion, there wasnt one. Still I enjoyed the film because i understood it, and as i looked to my brother for confirmation, he stared back at me with his "I have no idea what happened to the last 2 hours of my life" face. I highly recommend it, for those who have seen the first 2.

                              I only recommend this film to those who have seen the first 2 and understood the majority of the plot, otherwise you'll just be sat guessing as to what is going on for the rest of your life. I have even be told that you need a degree in quantum movie physics to have any idea of whats going on. Obviously blowing out of proportion a bit, as even I could understand most of what was going on.

                              As i mentioned however, the film ends without any twists, a denouement or even a conclusion, and that annoyed me no end, and so if there is no sequel I am going to slate this film for the rest of my life. I already hate Matrix: reloaded, as it is a load of pointless mullarky worthy of the bargain bin, however I love the first one which I think should be plated in gold and worshipped. Somewhere in the middle scores this little number, which its only bonus comes from the fact that it has double discs, but thats about it. I sincerely enjoyed this film, but it is just not the was to end such a trilogy full of so much potential.

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