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Thursday, November 13, 2003
You fools! The other "Matrix" sequel is decadent and depraved
(If you haven't seen "The Matrix: Revolutions" and don't want the ending blown, don't read this)
Put away those pens and pitchforks. Drop those snide remarks and put out those torches. You, hosebags. Dig the snot out of your eyes. You've got the wrong movie. You should have trashed and thrashed "Reloaded" last May. But noooooooo! Now you're taking out your geeky rage and resentment out on poor, little "Revolutions." Have you no shame?
Look, the last two installments of the "Matrix" series weren't what we expected and hoped for. But it wasn't "Revolutions" that derailed this sci-fi train, it was that red-headed middle child. Back in May, you refused to listen to reason. A few us tried to tell you that "Reloaded" sucked but, like with the blind faith usually reserved for Trekies and George Lucas devotees, you praised it. Even the critics were blinded by the hype. Together, you fools threw $281 million domestic at that mess of film.
"Revolutions" tries its damnedest with the resources available. Despite the repugnance of part 2, it did end with a decent cliff-hanger. Most of the criticism lobed at part 3 is due to the ambiguous ending. The war between humanity and machines ends in a truce and Neo dies for the sins of both sides.
And what the hell is the matter with that? From the get-go, Neo
is presented as a Christ-figure. Many argue that nothing is resolved. Take a look at this conversation which ends the film:
The Oracle: What about the others?
The Architect: What others?
The Oracle: The ones that want out.
The Architect: Obviously they will be freed.
The Oracle: I have your word?
The Architect: What do you think I am? Human?
What else do you need for closure? Agent Smith's virus like infection of the Matrix woke up humanity. After Neo purges him and everything returns to normal, some of its citizens decide to stay in a state of blissful ignorance while others immigrant to the "real world." Yes, it would have been nice to see a CGI shot of millions of people coming to the realization that their world is fake but how could that be conveyed in 10 seconds?
Another vague point is the extent of Neo's abilities. Has he realized that the world of machines is only another layer of the Matrix? Or has he simply learned to control his robotic captors? That's left up for you to decide.
Argue with the film's logistics and alleged plot holes all you want, you can't deny the movie is chock full of cool scenes:
- Neo finding himself stuck on an existential subway platform = cool.
- Zion's underwear model citizenry getting attacked and butchered by a rampaging hoard of "Squiddies" and Goliath drilling machines = cool.
- Neo having his eyes burnt off by a ruptured electrical wire = cool.
- Trinity getting a glimpse the sky for the first time = cool.
- The conversation between Agent Smith and the Oracle = cool.
- The fate of two worlds coming down to a single fist fight in the rain = really fucking cool.
Blog is still waiting to see a "Matrix" film where Neo blasts his way through a million realities in search of the end of the "rabbit hole." Unfortunately, that will have to wait until the inevitable fourth installment.