it. That’s it? THAT’S IT!!!! Those were the first words out of my
mouth after seeing what is said to be the final installment of The Matrix
franchise (unless it makes a ludicrous amount of dough, of course). Having
loved the first "Matrix" to death and having enjoyed "Matrix
Reloaded" mostly for its
astounding action sequences, I came out of "Revolutions" very disappointed
and angrier than a boner with no hole to fill.
is it me or have "The Matrix" sequels forgotten who their daddy was? The
original Matrix sported awesome characters, a strong storyline and a
fascinating mythology behind it all to boot. There was so much potential
for an above the norm, classic sci-fi franchise. I was thinking the next
"Star Wars" for our generation! Sadly, that’s not what we got.
When "Matrix Reloaded" kicked in, it lost half of the series’
endearing character development, went the “fortune cookie” way with
its philosophy and pulled a fast one on us by negating what was
established in the original. And now "Matrix Revolutions" took the series
down to an all new low.
off, everything that made "The Matrix" so damn razor kool was watered down.
We got less insane martial arts fights, less enthralling gun play (that
cheap rehash of the police scene from the first flick didn’t kick enough ass),
less groovy stylish directing, less impressive action set pieces and less
bullet time (who knew I’d miss it). But worst of all, we got WAAAAAY less
Neo (Reeves), Trinity (Moss) and Morpheus (Fishburne). The last I checked they
were the lead characters! No? Shite,
Trinity and Morpheus had extended cameos here as opposed to parts. And
what happened to hip-kat Morpheus from the first Matrix? Even Reloaded had
the class to give him a shining moment during the massive highway/car
chase bonanza. Here, all he did was stand in the background and look fat. I
half expected him to whip a burger out of his pocket during the main
battle scene. DO SOMETHING MORPHEUS! What a waste of a
once AWESOME character!
also let me down in terms of the answers that I was expecting from it. I
did my time on the video game, I watched "Animatrix" and I got
jerked off enough by Reloaded…and really thought that it was finally time
to cum! I was wrong. Every character here still spoke in half-cocked
riddles and when all was said and done, it came down to this: I’m either
a moron for not fully grasping what was revealed or the Wachowski Brothers
are sloppy mofos for flipping their last cards in such an incoherent and
anti-climatic fashion. I’m supposed to feel content with this finale?
COME ON MAN! I’m even more bamboozled now than I was at the end of
Reloaded! The only thing that
is crystal clear to me is that Joel Silver and the Wachowski Brothers
sacrificed quality and uniqueness for a quick paycheck.
"Revolutions" did deliver though was some good old generic sci-fi action bits
that could be found in any PC videogame. I actually reached under my seat
to see if there was a joystick...I wanted to play! On one end, sure
the CGI was the shite, some of the “machines/weapons” designs were
slick, the action was ass-whooping and a couple of good ideas did surface.
But what the hell do I care about an extended action jamboree if the
people involved are of no interest to me? I kept thinking of "Aliens" while
watching this flick and about how great it was due to the fact that
Hudson, Hicks, Vasquez and all were likeable and developed enough to keep
me in the game on a deeper level than just intense shootouts. Here, all we
got were B.C. actors who were not from B.C., acting or over-acting against a
horde of CGI beasties. It was gnarly at first, on a cosmetic level, but
without any human investment...it became old very quickly.
a regular, stand alone sci-fi action flick, "The Matrix Revolutions" was
somewhat entertaining throughout, laying the carnage on thick and moving at a
clip pace. The highlight was definitely the over-the-top final battle
between Neo and Agent Smith (loved the lightning) which itself had "Superman 2"
ringing in my head. VERY NICE! Too bad that money set piece was
inserted into such an average movie, and even more so when you consider
that this was the final Matrix. REBOOT or SHUT OFF this franchise! IT’S DONE!