Starring: Keanu Reeves,
Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett-Smith,
Directors: The Wachowski
Warner Home Video
Date: April 6, 2004
Review posted: April 27, 2004
Morpheus and Trinity
help Neo escape from the train station, which is run by the
Merovingian, as the human city of Zion gears up to defend itself
against the massive invasion of the machines. However, the final
confrontation is between Neo and rogue Agent Smith, now a virus
corrupting the Matrix.
The Matrix is
a fantastic science-fiction action film as there is real mystery
and suspense to its story and action. When The Matrix Reloaded
rolled into theatres last summer, fans expected another classic
tale of humans versus machines. Instead, the film turned some fans
off, but excited others. I liked that film even though it wasn't
perfect. The Matrix Revolutions opened strongly on November
5, 2003, but dropped significantly each week after that. Despite a
less than exceptional box office intake and poor reception from
critics and general moviegoers, I liked most of what I saw in the
The flaws in the
script are evidence of the writers churning out scene after scene
without taking into consideration the factors that the first film
so exciting and involving. The story here is pretty
straight-forward, but also too linear. The script is not complex
enough, events taking place in real time, and in the case of
several scenes this storytelling format slows down the film's
pace. Parts of the film are also boring, especially the whole
philosophy angle and scenes with the people of Zion.
Despite its flaws,
The Matrix Revolutions is an above average action film
that delivers with pulse-pounding action and fantastic visuals.
The enormity of the sets and special effects is something to
behold, for sure. Making the film seem alive with spirit,
something the script alone can't accomplish, is the performance of
Keanu Reeves. He really has the character down to his roots, but
any doubts or angst of a certain Mr. Anderson are now gone, only
Neo remains. Neo's intergalactic battle with Smith, so to speak,
is a fight of epic proportions. It runs on a bit, but is very
with Carrie-Anne Moss is not entirely there, but during the last
half hour they create realistic drama. Lawrence Fishburne comes
off as somewhat stale-like in his performance of leader Morpheus.
The character itself slightly disappoints. Of the supporting
characters, none are really that interesting. Niobe
(Pinkett-Smith) and Link (Perrineau) make a rather forgettable
exit in the story. It also doesn't help that The Merovingian
(Lambert Wilson) and Persephone (Monica Bellucci) are in the film
for only five short minutes. The exception, of course, is Hugo
Weaving's menacing Agent Smith. In terms of filmmaking, the
Wachowski brothers deliver great visuals and direct rather well,
but as writers they lack to make the dialogue interesting.
Warner Bros. presents The
Matrix Revolutions in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. Colors
are rich, vibrant, crisp, and very well-saturated. The print
image is in great condition without any flaws. Sharpness looks
great and the amount of detail is very good. Black levels and
dark tones are very deep and look terrific. Compression
artifacts do not appear, but a little grain shows up here and
there. Overall, a great presentation.
Warner Bros. presents The
Matrix Revolutions in English 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound. The
many explosions, gun fire, creaking metal, throwing fists, and
the large arsenal of cool sound effects are greatly reinforced
by the surrounds. The rear speakers place the audio in the zone,
and there is some sweet dynamic range here as well. Dialogue is
clear and easy to understand, never underscored by the sound
effects or Don Davis' score. This is a terrific auditory
French and Spanish
Dolby dubs are also available. Optional subtitles include
English, Spanish, and French.
This release is a
double-dip, but the extras deliver nonetheless. The first disc
holds the film, while the second disc includes all the extras.
That's how things are done, but again a commentary track is
Disc 2 starts with
Revolutions Recalibrated (27:00), a making-of documentary
on the film with the usual cast and crew interviews. Joel Silver
goes on about the action while Laurence Fishburne references
Matrix philosophy. The behind-the-scenes footage here is pretty
cool and quite revealing, but there's still the element of
familiarity to this documentary.
(15:23) concentrates on the special effects of the Zion
battle against the machines and the APU machine gun units.
Revealing footage is shown, but again the subject is familiar.
Better and somewhat interactive is Super Burly Brawl
(6:17), allowing viewers to watch the humongous battle between
Neo and Agent Smith from three different angles, namely
storyboard, set footage, and final edit. Included here is the
white rabbit feature, which will take you to a separate
featurette on a specific event. More on those later.
The Matrix Online (10:59) takes a look at the game
that continues the story after Revolutions ends. It seems
cool, but I don't think I'll play it. Next are
text/picture-based extras, Before the Revolution, an
interactive timeline, and 3-D Evolution, a neat stills
gallery featuring conceptual art, storyboards, and film stills.
In case you missed
the white rabbit feature in Super Burly Brawl, the Operator
menu gives you the four featurettes one after another.
Neo-Realism (12:22) covers virtual cinematography and
bullet-time applications, Super Big Mini Models (8:47)
looks at large scale miniatures and other things,
Double-Agent Smith (7:11) explains the technique of creating
all the Smith clones, and finally Mind over Matter (8:04)
takes a peek at wire work and stunts.
If you have
DVD-ROM, you'll get even more stuff. Included is the
Tunnel Recon Flash Game, The Matrix Comics in full
color PDF files, and a TheMatrix.com Preview Player, an
interactive tool to plug the new website.
129-minute feature is organized into thirty-three chapters. A
neat paper insert lists scene selections and special features.
The two discs come in an Amaray keepcase.
Revolutions suffers from a slow pace and the lack of an involving
story, at least the script doesn't tell it like it should. Overall,
this is not how I envisioned for the trilogy
to end exactly, but what's here remains above average for an action
film. Warner's video/audio presentation is
fantastic. The extras cover familiar territory, but most are still
interesting to watch. Fans should make a purchase, and for anyone else
it's a recommended rental.
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