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Face Off: Persephone (The Matrix: Reloaded) vs. Quorra (Tron: Legacy)

Jun. 18, 2012by: Droz

Your votes for Deborah Ann Woll blew competitor Anna Paquin out of the water by a 4 to 1 vote last week in the last Face Off. Yep, can't go wrong with the hot, redhead vampires.

This week, we're going digital with our hottie evaluations. There haven't been a lot of movies dealing with the concept of programs as characters, although such films are likely to become more common as we become more and more fascinated with the inner workings of all the devices now encroaching into our daily lives. It's also not surprising that two of the most beloved cinematic programs are hotties, going by the names of Persephone from THE MATRIX trilogy and Quorra from TRON: LEGACY. With both characters parts of popular movie franchises and played by beloved hottie actresses, how does one decide which hottie plays a better program? We'll see.

Beauty

Another pair of ladies it's impossible to choose between as far as looks go. Each of their counterparts is uniquely gifted with a distinct kind of beauty. Persephone, aka Monica Bellucci, is probably the epitome of exotic, European beauty. With an angelic face and a body that has yet to even come close to quitting, the woman stands above everyone else, digital or real.

If there was any digital creation that could vie for the title of most beautiful, it would have to be Quorra, played by Olivia Wilde. With a face of you can't help but love, big, beautiful, hypnotic eyes and that little pixie hair thing, Quorra was a welcome dose of personality in what was otherwise a rather impersonal movie.

Hotness

It was pretty much understood that Persephone's reason for being was essentially to be some kind of digital sexpot for the pleasure of various other programs in the matrix. Albeit a sophisticated and somewhat complex sexpot, but a sexpot nonetheless. Never was entirely sure why programs would be interested in sex as it's understood by humans, but it doesn't matter. Monica's body in that rubber dress was enough to win this part of the contest.

It was a little more difficult to appreciate Quorra's hotness. Apart from her obvious visual attributes, which were significant, her somewhat childlike personality made her more cute than hot. Sure, she could kick folks' asses and drove the hell out of a variety of digital vehicles, but she didn't seem very interested in seducing anyone or even aware of such a thing as sexuality. No doubt one of those kids movie concessions that unfortunately hurts her here.

Character

Looking over the entirety of THE MATRIX movies, it seemed like Persephone's character mostly existed for one scene in the second movie, then served no real purpose after that. And that scene wasn't really all that vital to the story. As a result, her character was not very important. Basically, she was just an extra taste of sexuality in what would have been a relatively sex-free movie (unless you count that weird rave scene, but let's not think about that). Not that I didn't welcome the diversion, but she was still not all that necessary.

Not to say that Quorra was any more deep or nuanced compared to the Persephone, because she really wasn't. Huge parts of her story remain unexplained and unclear, much like many of the events that unfold both before and during the events in TRON: LEGACY. Still, she did serve a much more significant role in the movie and her character remains viable for any sequel they happen to make. I just hope they flesh her out, so to speak, as she has the potential to be a very interesting character.

Digitalness

Part of the reason the programs in the first MATRIX movie worked is because you understood that they weren't real. They lacked a certain empathy and connection to humanity. You never really got that impression from programs in the sequels, particularly with characters like Persephone. In many ways, she was more real than any of the real people hooked up to the Matrix. While Neo and Trinity and Morpheus were all stone faced and lifeless, she was full of desire and rage far too nuanced to be taken as artificial. The filmmakers may have wanted it that way, but it nonetheless mocked the entire idea of a digital world that was separate from the physical world.

TRON: LEGACY might have it's problems, but lack of understanding about where you are in the movie is not one of them. You always know when you're in a digital realm and when you're dealing with digital people. Quorra is particularly endearing in this role with her curiosity and genuine interest in the real world, along with her allegiance and respect for "users." Her look is also rather different from what you would see from someone in the street, as is her personality, which is just slightly off enough to be believable as something other than human.

Outcome

Persephone doesn't really have an outcome, as far as the movies go. She comes back for one scene in the second sequel, then goes away, never to be heard from again. Unfortunately, she's not the only character to be completely unresolved at the end of this trilogy, but the fact that she didn't have much of a start either, makes her more of a footnote than anything. In the end, her only real significance is a rubber dress and the hotness of the woman playing her.

I liked how Quorra ends up at the end of TRON: LEGACY. Not only do they provide a somewhat satisfying conclusion to the film and an interesting development for her character, but the circumstances of where she goes could make quite an interesting direction for the plot of any sequel they make. I'm trying not to give anything away for those who haven't seen the movie, but suffice it to say that fascinating things could happen, should other programs have outcomes like Quorra's.

Quorra

Sure, Monica Bellucci playing a computer program specializing in sexing anything that moves has a lock on the hotness part of the judging, but that's basically all Persephone has going for her. Quorra has the benefit of being both integral to the story, more charming, and possessing a more interesting outcome. That easily gets her the talent and congeniality portion of the voting, making Quorra the overall winner here.

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11:06PM on 06/21/2012

Quorra

This was the role where Olivia Wilde got my attention. I would get digitized for that! Monica is hot no doubt but the film was terrible and it wasn't her hottest moment.
This was the role where Olivia Wilde got my attention. I would get digitized for that! Monica is hot no doubt but the film was terrible and it wasn't her hottest moment.
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8:18AM on 06/21/2012

Nonsense

This may be the most inaccurate post EVER on JoBlo.com
This may be the most inaccurate post EVER on JoBlo.com
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11:48AM on 06/19/2012
You're mental. In no role and no way is Olivia Wilde hotter than Monica Belucci. Absolutely no smegging way.
You're mental. In no role and no way is Olivia Wilde hotter than Monica Belucci. Absolutely no smegging way.
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9:29AM on 06/19/2012

Too busy staring at the rack eh?

I think a lot of you fail to really get the depths of persephone. She seemed a lot more interesting than Quorra. If you actually pay attention to the dialogue more as opposed to say her lovely knockers you would discover that she is in fact the first program to give real insights in what later is one of the major surprises of the movie. Even with the limited dialogue of the third movie she manages to reveal that even if a person is made into a program there is still some humanity left hence her
I think a lot of you fail to really get the depths of persephone. She seemed a lot more interesting than Quorra. If you actually pay attention to the dialogue more as opposed to say her lovely knockers you would discover that she is in fact the first program to give real insights in what later is one of the major surprises of the movie. Even with the limited dialogue of the third movie she manages to reveal that even if a person is made into a program there is still some humanity left hence her empathy for trinity. Some times the best stuff is so easily over looked cause people are enjoying the eye candy.
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7:28PM on 06/18/2012
Quorra.
Quorra.
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1:24PM on 06/18/2012
Quorra wins but other than being hot in computer-world sci fi films...its an uneven comparison. Quorra is more like Trinity, Persephone more like the three-boobed lady from Total Recall.
Quorra wins but other than being hot in computer-world sci fi films...its an uneven comparison. Quorra is more like Trinity, Persephone more like the three-boobed lady from Total Recall.
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12:29PM on 06/18/2012
I'll give you Outcome. Persephone was very underused in the saga as a whole. I'm not even sure what Digitalness is supposed to mean so no comment there. You're wrong on the rest though. Monica Bellucci's mega hotness wins hands down over Olivia Wilde, who is good looking herself but not has much with that off-kilter page boy haircut.
I'll give you Outcome. Persephone was very underused in the saga as a whole. I'm not even sure what Digitalness is supposed to mean so no comment there. You're wrong on the rest though. Monica Bellucci's mega hotness wins hands down over Olivia Wilde, who is good looking herself but not has much with that off-kilter page boy haircut.
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12:28PM on 06/18/2012
Definitely Quorra, even though Monica Bellucci blows my mind a little every time I see her in that dress. Bring on another Tron sequel with a more focused script.
Definitely Quorra, even though Monica Bellucci blows my mind a little every time I see her in that dress. Bring on another Tron sequel with a more focused script.
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10:52AM on 06/18/2012

Hmmmm????

Are you daft?! I realize Wilde is a gorgeous woman but really.

We're talking Monica Bellucci...MONICA! Bellucci wins this by a mile.
Are you daft?! I realize Wilde is a gorgeous woman but really.

We're talking Monica Bellucci...MONICA! Bellucci wins this by a mile.
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10:44AM on 06/18/2012

Quorra

Definitely Olivia Wilde, I love her and would like nothing more than to see more of her. She wins in my book
Definitely Olivia Wilde, I love her and would like nothing more than to see more of her. She wins in my book
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10:29AM on 06/18/2012
I love Quorra's smile. Persephone is sexy and sultry, but she doesn't have that light me up smile.
I love Quorra's smile. Persephone is sexy and sultry, but she doesn't have that light me up smile.
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8:42AM on 06/18/2012
Sure, Monica/Persephone is hot and all, but Olivia/Quorra is way more in to my liking, in every category.
Sure, Monica/Persephone is hot and all, but Olivia/Quorra is way more in to my liking, in every category.
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8:27AM on 06/18/2012
Belucci is fine, especially for her age. But..bottom line..THERE ARE VERY, VERY, VERY FEW contests that Olivia Wilde should lose, not matter the rules. Olivia has been, and still is one of the 3 or 4 most beautiful women on earth.
Belucci is fine, especially for her age. But..bottom line..THERE ARE VERY, VERY, VERY FEW contests that Olivia Wilde should lose, not matter the rules. Olivia has been, and still is one of the 3 or 4 most beautiful women on earth.
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7:02AM on 06/18/2012
Well, well, wel, 5 pictures of Bellucci and as expected, smiling in none of them. Never liked that ice queen, go Olivia.
Well, well, wel, 5 pictures of Bellucci and as expected, smiling in none of them. Never liked that ice queen, go Olivia.
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3:37AM on 06/18/2012

Wrong again

Tying for 'Beauty?' Persephone wins. (I get her not winning for character.) Bellucci wins, period. (And I prefer "Tron" to "Matrix.")
Tying for 'Beauty?' Persephone wins. (I get her not winning for character.) Bellucci wins, period. (And I prefer "Tron" to "Matrix.")
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3:35AM on 06/18/2012

Good. ☺

I thought Monica was going to win, and she is beautiful, but I was wanting Olivia to win and I'm glad she did. ☺
I thought Monica was going to win, and she is beautiful, but I was wanting Olivia to win and I'm glad she did. ☺
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2:10AM on 06/18/2012

Bellucci

Bellucci is better in every possible way.
Bellucci is better in every possible way.
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2:00AM on 06/18/2012

Monica Bellucci FTW

This one's not even a contest.
This one's not even a contest.
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