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Film Watch - 357. The Matrix Revolutions

Published October 16, 2013

Fast Facts

Title: The Matrix Revolutions Director: Andy & Lana Wachowski Year: 2003 Run time: 2 hrs 9 mins

Background Info

After the mixed reviews on the second film of the trilogy, we embarked on the final of the three with a little bit of trepidation. The two scenes that I could remember from the sequels didn’t appear in Reloaded, so I was expecting them in Revolutions. And I was expecting more arguments as well!

Live Blog

0:24 - Can’t see films being released so close together these days. 3:43 - It’s almost weird that the film doesn’t have a “previously on…” 10:10 -“What matters is the connection it implies.” 13:41 - The trainman is very, very tall. And terrifying. 17:21 - No one seems bothered that they are walking on the ceiling. This is the Matrix, I suppose. 22:56 - That’s an awful lot of guns. 23:30 - “It’s remarkable how similar the pattern of love is to the pattern of insanity.” 29:57 - I quite like the idea of a world that is all nicely balanced out with equations and stuff. 38:46 - Oh, I remember being scared of the sentinels. This time I’ve got Agent Smith being worryingly scary too. 40:57 - “I’m afraid hope is an indulgence I don’t have time for.” 46:19 - Asinine is a good word. 48:36 - Shortening Trinity to Trin just doesn’t work. 54:02 - It’s weird how much Bane sounds like Agent Smith. He must have studied the way he talks for ages. 57:35 - It’s quite clever how they do stuff with the effects so it is less graphic. 1:05:04 - There’s an element of Transformers in that drill bit. 1:14:19 - I get the feeling Naiobi would be really good at driving games. 1:21:10 - They better hope the EMP works, else they’re really just bringing more machines to the fight. 1:26:18 - Does everyone just know how to pilot a ship or did she download it into her head? 1:37:02 - Bet he goes into a blind rage now. 1:48:18 - Pardon me for stating the obvious, but that is a LOT of rain.

Conclusions

It’s just not as good, really. As a film in its own right, it doesn’t stand up at all, and as the second half of the two-part story, it’s not that great either. There are some more great bits of action, but mostly there isn’t much story. When Neo took the ship and ran off with Trinity, we spent a lot of time focusing on the war in the city. I found myself wishing we could catch up with Neo but then, when we did revisit The One, I kinda wished we hadn’t.

Mixed feelings, but overall I don’t hate it as much as many people do.

**Rating: **25

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