Thursday, November 06, 2003

The Matrix: Revolutions

After dragging myself out of bed at 8, Neil, Alex, Mitch, Troy, and I went to see the Matrix: Revolutions. I was surprised and impressed that the theater ended up being nearly full. Before the movie they played a trailer for Troy (starring Brad Pitt) which looks like its going to be GREEKTASTIC!

Ok on to the movie.

Let's get things straight, I seem to be in the minority in the fact that I actually enjoyed Reloaded. Most people I talk to thought it was terrible. I don't understand, although the story was only slightly furthered and it contained mostly action, it also contained elements that were crucial to understanding the Matrix. The scene with the Architect was reason enough to love it - for the shear shock factor of learning that Neo was of a long line of "The Ones" and that the machines had planned for everything. Add to that the most ambitious car chase scene in movie history, the spectacular CGI based "Burly Brawl" of Neo vs. the Smiths, Neo's strange powers outside of the Matrix, and the cliffhanger shot at the end of Bane/Smith next to Neo - I can't understand why anyone could hate it.

::Spoiler Warning::

I thought that Revolutions was great. It answered many of the questions left at the end of Reloaded while leaving many things ambiguous, up to the viewer to interpret. I appreciate the fact that the Wachowskis decided not to spell out everything, modern movies can tend to be too simple and linear. The best scene in my opinion was the Neo/Smith finale. The raging rainstorm, legions of Smiths, and the bizarre, now lifeless world of the Smith-controlled Matrix combined to form a perfect backdrop for the final battle. It was The One vs. the Anti-One. Truly a fight of the titans, gods of the Matrix. Each clash was heralded by shockwaves as if every punch brought with it the power of an atomic bomb. The end was a perfect mirror of the final battle of the first movie - instead of Neo infiltrating Smith, Smith took over Neo.

The battle of Zion was also a stand-out scene. Its sheer scope was jaw-dropping. Hundreds of human controlled Mechs battling a seemingly endless mass of Sentinels - human courage vs. machine might. The precarious position of the denizens of Zion was never in question, it was as if it wasn't a matter of win or lose but of how long they could fight before being swept up by the machine hoard.

Not everything about the movie was great. I thought that the lobby scene with the ceiling-dwelling guards was poorly executed. There was no real sense of power or movement, and there seemed to be no tactical advantage for them to be standing on the roof in the first place.

I think that Agent Smith is one of the most interesting and enduring characters in modern storytelling. Hugo Weaving created a character who is truly engaging. His economy of expression allows for the simplest of actions to convey mountains of emotion, and his unique style of delivery has created a character that is like none other.


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