To understand how much I’ve been anticipating The Matrix: Revolutions, you must first know that I’m one of the few people who thought that Reloaded was even better than the first Matrix flick. I thought it was intelligent, visually appealing and most importantly served up BIG helpings of kick ass. So, off to Revolutions I went expecting to see a fantastic film. Man was I let down.
When I first came out of the theater I said “ok, I’m disappointed, but the movie is ok”, but the more I thought about it in the car the more I realized the film was a total disaster. The Wachowski brothers did so much wrong with this film that they nearly ruined an un-ruinable franchise.
Christopher Null of Filmcritic.com nailed it right on the head when he said:
With their third (and hopefully, final) Matrix movie, the Wachowski brothers have delivered a dud so disappointing, they may as well have bussed in Ewoks to save Zion.
√¢‚Ç¨¬¶the opening hour is consumed by endless scenes at Zion where we see the humans preparing for the imminent arrival of the sentinels, while Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith) and the other out-there-in-the-pipes folks tries to get their ships jump-started. And of course everyone is whining endlessly about life, death, and love. This is, after all, their last chance to make a big speech before the end of the series. The dialogue is so bad that the audience was laughing its collective ass off in my screening.
The acting, the action, the sets√¢‚Ç¨¬¶ none of this will strike you as new. It’s more of the same Matrix world that we’ve come to expect, only this time out it’s dragged down completely by the force of two enormous egos that have somehow convinced themselves that people want to see a preachy-talkie movie instead of an old-fashioned action flick.
I agree with him totally. Several things that really bothered me about the film are:
1) Poor action compared to the first 2
2) NEVER really explain or try to explain why Neo has powers outside the Matrix
3) Stupid attempt at explaining why the Oracle looks different
4) Not enough Seraph
5) Not enough Smith
6) Not enough Merovinchian (I know I’m spelling that right)
7) Doesn’t even try to explain the Architect’s speech from Reloaded (making it pointless)
8) Stupid little girl
There are more, but you get the picture. I’m going to go drink heavily and try to purge that waste of 2 hours out of my mind and hold on to the first 2 Matrix films. What a shame. Feel free to disagree in the comments section below.