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The Matrix Revolutions (Widescreen) (2 Discs)
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Matrix Revolutions, The (Dbl DVD) (WS)
Despite the inevitable law of diminishing returns, The Matrix Revolutions is quite satisfying as an adrenalized action epic, marking yet another milestone in the exponential evolution of computer-generated special effects. That may not be enough to satisfy hardcore Matrix fans who turned the Wachowski Brothers' hacker mythology into a quasi-religious pop-cultural phenomenon, but there's no denying that the trilogy goes out with a cosmic bang instead of the whimper that many expected. Picking up precisely where The Matrix Reloaded left off, this 130-minute finale finds Neo (Keanu Reeves) at a virtual junction, defending the besieged human enclave of Zion by confronting the attacking machines on their home turf, while humans combat swarms of tentacled mechanical sentinels as Zion's fate lies in the balance. It all amounts to a blaze of CGI glory, devoid of all but the shallowest emotions, and so full of metaphysical hokum that the trilogy's detractors can gloat with I-told-you-so sarcasm. And yet, Revolutions still succeeds as a slick, exciting hybrid of cinema and video game, operating by its own internal logic with enough forward momentum to make the whole trilogy seem like a thrilling, magnificent dream. -- Jeff Shannon
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I gave myself awhile, got a copy of ANIMATRIX (I highly recommend it), watched the first two again, and yesterday decided to give the movie one more chance. I came back with a much different viewpoint. I realized that the reason why I had felt how I did was because I had ridiculous expectations after seeing RELOADED. That film had been such a heady blend of philosophy and action, that I had been expecting an exponential increase for the third film. Now I realize that this movie is more about death, duality, and rebirth. It is about the end of things.
One gripe many people had (including me) was that the movie basically ended in a cease fire. For all of us raised on decades of action films where the hero gets the girl and the bad guy gets his gruesome comeuppance, this didn't sit well. But what you must realize is that in this world, both man and machine have become so dependent on each other, that one cannot live without the other. It is truly a matter of maintaining balance. Listen to the counselor's opinion on machines when he's on the engineering level with Neo. Also watch "The Second Renaissance" on the ANIMATRIX DVD. Both of these things help bring this concept into focus.
Also, the issue of Neo's five predecessors is never brought up again after his talk with the Architect. How can Zion have been destroyed repeatedly? I realized that the answer lied within the character of the Architect himself. The Oracle tells Neo about the Architect's need for maintaining balance.Read more ›
It is a movie that can be seen on many levels. Some will see it just as a great action movie which it is, but there is so much more to this film. It is a fantastic depiction of the journey of the spiritual seeker and the difficulties that he encounters within himself as he starts pushing against the prisons of his own mind and the multitude of programs that operates and which keep us small.
It also neatly depicts the way humans are kept as 'food for the moon' in Gurdjieff's words or simply food for ultra terrestrials. In the film this is depicted as humans, being little less than cultivated biological batteries for the machines.
The story is part of a trilogy and all three parts are worth watching more than once, as you will undoubtedly see new things each time. Things that start making sense only after some time of reflection and reading. In this regard I can recommend reading the book by Ouspensky called "In Search of the Miraculous", and the book by Laura Knight-Jadczyk called "The Secret History of the World".
The central premise that our lives are not 'real' but are steeped in illusion in order that our life force may be fed upon whilst we are enfenced unwittingly like cattle - this is a relevant and powerful message on many levels. It can easily be seen that this is true on a superficial level, with the rampant rise of ultra-aggressive capitalist consumerism, whereby everyone is 'sold a dream' in order to siphon off all income to profit the few, but it goes deeper than that, and can be used to catch a glimpse of some ideas on the true nature of reality. The overlap with material such as Castaneda is remarkable, with stories about the archetypal predator who is invisible, and feeds on us because he has 'given us his mind'. In all, it is a striking metaphor for the human condition.
Of course the great thing is that, even if you don't want to explore things to those levels, taken at surface value as a piece of entertainment, the Matrix is still a fantastic sci-fi/action trilogy, with colourful characters, awesome visuals, and a solid original plotline. Taken as a trilogy, this is a fantastic piece of film-making artwork, though for me, this third episode is the weakest of the three, as the story gradually dissolves into excessive desperate violence, so for that reason I give it 4 stars. But don't get me wrong, it is still a very strong film and beats many other modern sci-fi efforts hands down. It just has a very high level of expectation to live up to, given the beginning of the trilogy.
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The weakest film of the trilogy, but a strong finish to the story nevertheless.Published 15 months ago by Simon Manucci
Une série de film qui vous plonge dans un imaginaire temporel incroyable et tellement imaginatif je les réécoute aux 2 ans sans jamais m en lasserPublished on June 8 2013 by madcat
i found this concluding chapter of The Matrix trilogy much better than
the second installment and probably better than the first one. Read more
Lots of crash n' bash and smash and guns and fun! A great movie! Tons of octopus-robots, explosions, and... wahoo!
OK, down to the point. Read more
People who critisize this film are right to. However what everybody is doing is not watching it PROPERLY. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2005 by Jeff
I would give this movie 4.5 stars if I could, but I can't. It like The Matrix Reloaded wasn't quite as good as the original, but still is a brilliantly written and important piece... Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Daniel Udell, 13
The first Matrix movie was revolutionary at the time. In retrospect, almost frustratingly so(I'm sure we're all tired of directors trying to impress us with bullet speed special... Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Naive Pegasus
When I first saw this on an IMAX screen, it was intense - I had to look away several times to avoid being overwhelmed by the images. Read morePublished on July 15 2004
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