ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The Matrix Revolutions
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Ann Moss
Directed by: Larry and Andy Wachowski
By Brent Carpenter
Gazette file photo
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
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.