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Reviews » Theatrical Reviews » The Matrix Revolutions
The Matrix Revolutions
Warner Bros. // R // November 5, 2003
Review by Geoffrey Kleinman | posted November 5, 2003 | E-mail the Author
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You've seen the Matrix and loved it. You've seen Matrix Reloaded and well, OK, it wasn't the landmark film you thought it could be, and sure it had it's problems, but there's a lot worse out there. Now it's time for Matrix Revolutions, you're expectations are now a lot lower and your only hope now is that it's better than Reloaded. You've come this far... so why the not go the final lap?

What you'll find when you see Matrix Revolutions is that the story does get all wrapped up (No fake outs like in the X-Files Movie). It's all revealed and it's all resolved. Is it happily ever after? Well you'll have to be the judge of that. One thing's for sure it's not the payoff you were probably hoping for two movies back, but in this day and age ANY payoff from a 3rd movie in a series is something.

Will Matrix Revolutions knock your socks off? Probably not. Is it a bad film? Certainly not - it's jam packed full of special effects, action, and all the Matrix characters you've come to know and love. Get a big tub of popcorn because Matrix Revolutions is a big budget Summer Action film which just happens to be in theaters in November and just happens to be the last film in the Matrix series. The Matrix Revolutions has a dizzying amount of action, so much so that at the end you feel a lot like you've 'Played Through' a video game like 'Enter The Matrix' and now it's time to move on.

Frankly, I'm glad it's all over. The hype, the hoopla, the waiting, the anticipation. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to have made the trip from Matrix to Matrix Revolutions. A times it was a very fun ride, but somehow, now that it's all over, I'm relieved and perhaps a little exhausted.

I honestly don't think people will make the decision to go or avoid Matrix Revolutions based on anything a critic's got to say. If you've come 2/3rds of the way through a series, odds are you're going to see it through to the end, no matter how painful that might be (see: Star Wars Series). What I can say is that I'd recommend watching Matrix Reloaded before running out to see Revolutions, it picks up precisely at the moment Reloaded ends and there's absolutely no 'warm up' to get back into the story. If you've forgotten who's who and what's what in Reloaded, there will be points you'll be scratching your head trying to play catch up in Revolutions. Another piece of advice I can give is let go of trying to follow all the talk about choice/fate/free will and so on. What began as an interesting philosophy discussion in The Matrix has quickly degraded into pseudo-intellectual babble, Matrix Revolutions is a balls-to-the-all action film, you'll be happiest if you leave your brain at the door.

So, here we are, the end of The Matrix Series. My deepest hope is that it ends here. It's time for the Wachowski Bros. and Warner Bros. to move on. The journey thorough the series has been one of great highs and great lows, but the three films do fit together into one gigantic sci-fi epic. One that's had a great impact on the genre and one that will always remembered fondly despite it's failings.

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