Computer hacker Neo continues to fight the war against the oppressive machines that have taken over control of human life while battling the dangerous Agent Smith in the third part of The Matrix trilogy.
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Regrettably this does not seem to be the completion of the Matrix paen to techno-fascism as a fourth film is meant to be on the way. The diagnosis of viral evil and of the technological subsumption of the human to the machine has appeal but, again, like the previous two films, it receives a bloated and over-the-top treatment that revels on simulated pastiche and Zen hybridity instead of historicity. Conformist film.
It is baffling that the Wachowskis chose the centrepiece for the final opus of the Matrix trilogy to be a drab, interminable war movie in a city we don't care about, filled with characters we don't care about. But the final fight between Smith and Neo did prophesize the worst aspects of today's apocalyptic superhero movies, where every living person has been replaced by computer programs.
To borrow a word from Agent Smith, there's a sense of dreary inevitability that tends to inflict the conclusion of these epic trilogies, whether we're talking "Return of the King" or "War for the Planet of the Apes." The Wachowskis are not immune, but at least they continue to show us things we've never seen before: an anti-gravity shootout in a S&M club, a large-scale mech battle, and a rainswept superhero slugfest.
The best scenes were the ones in the nightclub and the whole invasion of Zion. That shot of Trinity and Neo rising above the clouds to get a fast glimpse of the clear and sunny sky only to dive again in the darkness of the Earth dominated by machines was memorable! The final battle with Smith in the rain... meh, it was too physical and the "victory" kind of fell of the sky, a self-sacrifice that magically worked.
Despite the fact that the intellectual dimension clearly wanes down towards the end of the saga, the Wachowskis show unshakable ambition in each one of the chapters. Martial arts, slick futuristic compositions, Star-Warsy revolutions, a lingering understated romance, compelling CGI, confusing plot and dubious acting make for a final wrap up of a charismatic saga that overall remains dignified until its very end.
This is a great movie but it has one hiccup. When the 2nd and 3rd Matrix movies where written they were one story that was then separated and the dramatic arc's weren't spaced out right. The beginning with the Merovingian shouldn't be there. That being said the end of this movie is truly great. Neo sacrifices his life to end the dialectical master slave conflict between man and machine once and for all.
The idea of The Matrix is amazing, but Reloaded and Revolutions falls short....really short. They were grasping for straws at the end. It was at times confusing, but most of the time just poor acting. In short watch The Matrix and Animatrix and stop it's not worth it to keep going. I wish I did.