Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith
Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Written By: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr 9 min
The third and thankfully last film in the Matrix trilogy sees all semblance of the carefully constructed and nuanced world set up in the first two films, pushed aside by an onslaught of visual effects. The Wachowski’s seem to have said all they needed to say, and now just wanted to end this with a big expensive bang.
It is an impressive big bang I’ll give them that, and the battle for Zion is nothing short of epic. It all gets a bit too much though. In Revolutions we simply jump from one action set piece to the next. Each getting more and more elaborate in complexity and scale. While at the same time, any chance to further expand on The Matrix, Neo, and concept of ‘The One’ as a by-product of the Matrix program is left behind.
What we end up with then is a pretty fireworks show. Dazzling? Absolutely. But lacking in real substance, which leaves Revolutions ultimately quite forgettable.
This is purely a visual effects driven film. Which are impressive, but if you’re looking for any of the substance you got in the first two Matrix films you won’t find it here. You also have to watch the first two films before taking this one on. It won’t make any sense otherwise.
It’s a huge visual effects extravaganza so a huge digital theater screen is the best format. At home a HD viewing is recommended.
Best element for me:
I want to give a shout out to Ian Bliss here. His character, Bane, is taken over by the program Smith (Hugo Weaving) in Reloaded. I was really impressed with his performance. A pitch perfect impersonation of Hugo’s Smith character.