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Closure-free Revolutions

The Matrix Revolutions
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Ann Moss
Directed by: Larry and Andy Wachowski

By Brent Carpenter
Gazette Staff

Gazette file photo
WHOA, THAT’S A LOT OF HUGO WEAVINGS. Agent Smith duplicates himself in the action-packed finale of The Matrix.

If the extent of your appreciation for The Matrix Revolutions is decided upon whether or not every plot line is wrapped up nice and tight and uploaded onto a silver platter, then you may walk away disappointed.

You get the idea that directors Larry and Andy Wachowski left all the loose ends hanging in order to strengthen one of the film’s themes: life doesn’t give you all the answers and when it doesn’t, it’s up to you to either give it up, or give ’er hell. Blue pill or red pill, etc.

Despite the fact it will let down fans looking for more fulfilling narrative closure, Revolutions is still one of the most visually awesome movies in the history of the genre, be it action or sci-fi. It moves at a much brisker pace than Reloaded, which tended to disappoint with its jarring alternation between action and ambiguous philosophical/religious babble.

If anything, Revolutions makes you appreciate the entertainment potential of an action film crafted in the hands of a skillful director (or directors). Remaining true to the first two installments, part three reeks of atmosphere.

The steely, despondent shit hole that is Zion will make you long for a shower, and — as the trailer will tell you — you’ll soon get it in the form of an operatic showdown in the pouring rain between Neo (Reeves) and the ominous Agent Smith (Weaving).

Smith continues to be disgusted by the bothersome Neo and his stubborn refusal to accept annihilation. You’d think as an evil, practical-minded computer program, Smith would have saved himself a lot of trouble by simply erasing Neo back in the interrogation room. But that’s being picky.

The now iconic Smith is as entertaining to the viewer as he is unlimited in numbers to Neo. Whether he’s ranting about the hopeless vulnerability of measly humans or handing out wire-aided virtual ass-whuppins, he’s one of the only truly interesting characters that emerge from the spectacle.

The Merovingian, too, is amusing in an over-the-top sort of way, if only because he’s your stereotypical French male, viewed through a Yankee prism; apparently in the Matrix, even annoying computer programs speak with a French tongue.

Still, the film can be commended for handing key roles to women and various ethnic groups (there’s even a Mexican standoff) and — aside from the aforementioned Merovingian — these distinctions do not call attention to themselves.

The rest of the gang, including Neo, Trinity, Morpheus, The Oracle, Niobe, Link, Lock, Larry, Curly and Moe are all present, kicking occasional ass while pondering the deep significance of something towards which, for the most part, we’re indifferent to.

Despite not quite living up to its potential (a deadly word in Hollywood), The Matrix Revolutions is still more intelligent than the majority of big studio films. Also, as we’ve come to expect, it delivers incredible special effects, hand-to-hand combat (choreographed by Woo-Ping Yuen) and R-rated shoot-outs that don’t hold back.

The Matrix already has you, so you may as well sit back and enjoy it.



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