The Matrix – Revolutions

I finally saw The Matrix: Revolutions on Emery’s big screen. I’m glad I went into it with such low expectations, because it meant that I could actually enjoy the movie, in spite of the clichéd dialogue, plot holes, and pervasive illogic.

My summary opinion:

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Exchanging good writing and characterization for eye candy… is it worth it?

8 comments on “The Matrix – Revolutions
  1. stormwynd says:

    Exchanging good writing and characterization for eye candy… is it worth it?

    Do you really need an answer to that?

    Reloaded and Revolutions were two of the most disappointing movies I’ve seen in a long time — and this from a long-time Keanu Reeves fan.

  2. reldnahkram says:

    I’m glad I went into it with such low expectations, because it meant that I could actually enjoy the movie, in spite of the clichéd dialogue, plot holes, and pervasive illogic.

    That’s exactly my experience. I thought it was quite enjoyable, but the two sequals need to be seperated from the original – the first was a good movie, the sequals are enjoyable action movies.

  3. tirerim says:

    Exchanging good writing and characterization for eye candy… is it worth it?

    No — ’cause the first one had eye candy too. At some point I’ll see Revolutions, but your attitude sounds like the way to go.

  4. sildra says:

    I disagree–I think the first movie was an enjoyable action movie, with no merit otherwise, and the second movie (I haven’t seen the third) would be schlock except for its high budget. It is only good as a movie to MST3K. I honestly found it quite boring, and I do like action movies.

    As for eye candy vs otherwise good, usually I’d go for otherwise good, since dialogue, character, and plot are important to me, but sometimes a movie that exists purely as eye candy can be enjoyable. I liked the Final Fantasy movie, after all, and I like a lot of action movies. I just don’t see why there exists the current trend of sacrificing one quality for the other.

  5. flammifera says:

    Pretty much ditto. I mean, the final battle in Revolutions is just so pretty, especially when Neo and Smith fight in silhouette in front of the giant window.

    But then you get treasures like this, “I’m scared, Trin.”

    ::gag:: What an inane nickname.

  6. jere7my says:

    SPOILERS and snarky snide comments below….

    As it happens, I watched Revolutions for the first time last night too, and I actually enjoyed it more than the other two (which annoyed the bejeezus out of me).

    One: there were two storylines, one of which did not contain Keanu Reeves. Hooray.

    Two: in the Keanu-free storyline, people actually emoted as though they were human, rather than being afraid to open their mouths wide enough to let a bug in. (I can only assume that bugs flying into mouths is a big problem in the Matrix world.)

    Three: One of the two extremely annoying characters finally, happily, wonderfully, died. For real. The other one might have died, too, though that’s unclear.

    Four: Hugo Weaving, the best part of any of the movies, got lots of screentime. Even when he wasn’t on-screen, that Bane fellow did a bang-up perfect impression of him.

    Five: Spectacular battle scenes, much better than the silliness of Reloaded, in which Neo forgot he could fly.

    That said, the movie was a disappointment, since it didn’t resolve much of anything that I wanted to see resolved, or answer any of the Big Questions brought up in the previous two. At least it didn’t end with a fifteen-minute infodump, though, and I did, in fact, care about some of the characters, which was a novelty for me in a Matrix movie.

  7. jere7my says:

    Oops, forgot one.

    Six: the one moment of real tragic beauty in the trilogy, above the clouds.

  8. Nicolas Ward says:

    I did like that moment.

    I don’t understand why the robot defenses were so strong there, though. Aren’t humans pretty much not a threat to them?

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