Matrix: Revolutions Mini-Review

Quick verdict: Not as good as the first one, but better than the second. Not as bad as the general consensus of reviews seems to be, if you can overlook the (fairly large) plot holes.

[Spoiler-free]

The three Matrix movies are supposed to be a trilogy, but to me it doesn’t quite feel that way. The original Matrix stands alone, and Matrix: Reloaded was a somewhat disappointing followup to it. Matrix: Revolutions is definitely a sequel to the second movie, continuing the story almost literally right where the second one left off.

The main problem that a lot of reviewers seem to have with the two Matrix sequels, and I’m increasingly inclined to agree, is that the latter two lose the focus of the first one. The original Matrix had the protagonists’ goal be to liberate people from the matrix. In the sequels, that goal is almost entirely absent; instead, the protagonists are trying to stop the machines’ attack on Zion. Any mention of liberating anyone from the matrix is thrown in largely as an afterthought.

Which is not to say that Matrix: Revolutions isn’t enjoyable. I liked it, actually. It lacks the poor, halting plot pacing of the second movie, and the action sequences generally didn’t fail to impress on at least a pure eye-candy level. The [pseudo-]philosophical dialog was somewhat stilted, but that’s isn’t exactly a change from the previous two.

Matrix: Revolutions also sort-of answers some of the questions raised in the previous two movies, especially Matrix: Reloaded. They usually aren’t explicitly stated, but I don’t think I had any trouble putting the pieces together. There were some scenes that didn’t seem to have a whole lot to do with the overall plot or that were poorly connected, though. The whole thing with the train, for example, was kind of hazy.

I didn’t care a whole lot for the ending, though. It felt rushed, with almost a “we used the last of the budget on the big fight scene, but we still have to wrap up a few plot threads, so let’s throw in some vague lines of dialogue” feel to it. It’s certainly not the only movie to have resorted to that type of ending, but that’s really no excuse.

And as I mentioned earlier, there are a few large plot holes. Remember the scene in Minority Report where the woman uses the main character’s eyes to get into the facility after he’s been arrested? Remember wondering, “wait a minute, if he was arrested for premurder, why didn’t they deactivate his access to the facility”? There’s a few of those sorts of plot holes — things that are there to allow for some event to occur, but that don’t make much sense otherwise.

Overall, Matrix: Revolutions wasn’t as good as the original, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

2 Responses

  1. See, by me never SEEING Matrix, I wouldn’t know. I don’t especially ever CARE to see the Matrix or the sequil(al?) to it. Too bad you didn’t like it. It happens!

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    I am pooped out b/c of all that has been going on…i’ll tell you more later

  2. You should at least see the original Matrix some time. It’s a good movie. And I said I *liked* the third one. Hello?

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