The Matrix Revolutions Review

Bringing it all back to the basics we began with is no small feat of endurance. To do so we must have a story and dedicated directors working tirelessly behind the scenes, primarily in the hopes that their gamble pays off. They have chosen to hold themselves at gunpoint. Deliver the goods of a rewarding trilogy, or be decimated by the greed that comes with spinning off your own venture from a mere four years before. The Matrix Revolutions is the final piece of a very easy, dialogue-driven puzzle, but one that has been satisfying and fun to complete. Surely that is the impact directing pair Lilly and Lana Wachowski were hoping for. 

They do well to capture that satisfactory level of engaging entertainment across the three films, but many of the issues found within The Matrix Revolutions can be found in the two predecessors. Once more the dialogue is used solely for the sake of progression, rather than depth. It is an issue that has plagued the Wachowski’s throughout their efforts here, and it is a shame they can do no more than accept it. It happens more so with The Matrix Revolutions than it does with The Matrix Reloaded. This is the final opportunity the Wachowski’s and their cast have to flesh out the finer details and add in extra examples of their fine craftsmanship. 

No small feat, not at all. But linking established characters with those who they have yet to meet on-screen is a simple but effective way of marking interesting moments between familiar faces. It has to be this way. Like it or not, The Matrix Revolutions, well, it reveals all those nitty, gritty details we never had the chance to look into before this third instalment. Not all the questions are answered. Like any great filmmaker, the Wachowski’s can leave us wanting more, while at the same time making sure we are wholly satisfied with the work we are given. Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne in particular are on top form, no surprises there, though, they are always giving it their best shot.  

With their roles dominating the screen, it is good that they are there to project the morals and values The Matrix has based itself upon. They hope to free those who desire it from their idyllic lifestyle, for it is not real. Doing so through violence is inevitable, but the enchanting nature of this third entry into the series is not the violence, but where the characters are headed. Where they have been taken after only a handful of films and a few hours present with them. The Matrix Revolutions has those slow-motion shots, an improvement on the second but a slower showcase than the first. Even then, its heightened sense of drama and apparent closure gives it a grander scope, one that is utilised far more on supporting characters and recurring moments of intrigue than it is on the already established heavy hitters. A bold move to do so, but a rewarding one also.  

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