‘The Matrix Revolutions’ fails to make third time a charm


The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

Directed by The Wachowskis

5.5/10  R

In a world of shitty sequels…well, “The Matrix Revolutions” kind of fits right in. It’s far from the worst third installment I’ve ever seen, but it fails significantly to live up to the standards set by its predecessors.

250,000 sentinels, flying squid-like robots, are nearing the human city of Zion. An army has been assembled to fend them off while Neo and Trinity head off to the machine city to stop the source and put an end to the Matrix. But no one has ever gotten close to the machine city. And 250,000 sentinels far outnumber the capable men and women willing to fight them off.


Released mere months after “Reloaded” and filmed immediately after, “Revolutions” promised to be a continuation of the awesomeness that occurred in the first sequel. Instead, we get a lousy attempt to show off some special effects, as most of the fighting occurs between robots and human-controlled robots. The epic fistfights that pervade the first two are hardly present in the third. And even when they are, they lack the same well-choreographed grace we got used to. But instead of fighting, the final chapter felt the need to wrap up the story with a lot of talking. Was it necessary for the audience to understand? Maybe. Was it bothersome to be without the action? Definitely. The worst part? For much of the movie, Neo and Trinity take a back seat. Fighting off the sentinels is a team effort that brings some new major players to the forefront. They don’t bring the same excitement as our loving leads.


Still, though, Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Lawrence Fishburne bring the same level of commitment to their roles as they have in the past. Moss (in her few fighting scenes) brings an incomparable level of precise grace to her fighting. And dramatic acting from Jada Pinkett Smith (who also had a role in “Reloaded”) makes you believe in the immediacy of the danger.

“The Matrix Revolutions” doesn’t give you everything you were hoping for in a Matrix sequel, but something so good is hard to completely mess up.

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