The Matrix Revolutions
DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005
Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie Ann Moss, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith
Directed By: Andy and Larry Wachowski
Studio: Warner Bros.
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The exciting and stunning conclusion to one of the most successful film francises in history is finally here on DVD. The Matrix Revolutions is action packed, full of great special effects, and has an engrossing story that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire movie.
In the final chapter, we find Neo stuck in a no name, no man’s land world that is somewhere between The Matrix and the machine world. His body is comatose in the machine world, while his mind is elsewhere. Yeah, kind of confusing. Meanwhile, his crew, Morpheus and Trinity must find a way to get him back. As if they didn’t have enough problems to deal with they have to prepare for an invasion by the sentinels to Zion and get back in time to save the city. To top off all those problems with Neo being a vegetable, and having a really horrid insect problem, Morpheus and crew must deal with Agent Smith. Smith is hellbent on taking over the entire matrix, both the real world and fake. Agent Smith is multiplying at a rapid rate and will pretty much be nothing but Smith’s everywhere. Not a very smart guy/program. At least leave a few girls around to make it interesting. Neo finally is back to his usual self, monotone and cryptic. He realizes he must visit the machine city and try and stop Smith by going to the head of the Machines. No, not AH NULD. Some anvil looking pinball guy. Anyway, Neo and Smith face off and it’s one of the best fights on screen with great special effects and fighting to boot. Meanwhile, Zion is being destroyed by the swarms of Sentinels, and the humans have very little effect against them. It will be only a matter of time before they are completely wiped out. Neo finds that fighting for Zion is just and he must risk his life for the rest of the world.
Many critics bashed The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, saying that it relied more on special effects than story and character development. I disagree. I feel it was a great balance of story, characters, and excellent special effects. I feel The Matrix Revolutions was snubbed in the special effects category during this year’s Academy Awards. It was all due to lackluster reviews, a so so box office, and meager fan response. I was one of the supporters of this last Matrix movie. Certain storylines in the movie were supposed to happen. You can’t have them just walk off into the horizon, all holding hands and skipping away. The movie has to have turmoil, and sacrifice. Neo sacrifices what he believes to save the Zion and the rest of the world. Overall, I loved the movie. I thought it was really entertaining, had great action and it was a perfect way to end the series.
Taking a look at the extras on this disk, there are several hours of material on here. Revolutions Recalibrated is a look back at the making of, with interviews, on set work, design concepts and training. Also check out the features on the special effects and CGI work, which to me, is groundbreaking. I also enjoyed the first look at the Matrix Online. It’s really interesting how they branched out the franchise and brought each individual user a creative way of joining the Matrix. Each user is born into the Matrix, like Neo in the first movie, and from there its up to you. You could be a fighter or you could just hang out in the club all day, it is up to you. The universe is huge and each month new problems and missions will pop up. I find it really interesting from a gamers standpoint, but I try to think I have a life so this would be too time consuming for me. Check it out when it goes live soon.
– Revolutions Recalibrated (Making of)
– CG Revolution (A Look at the special effects of The Matrix)
– Super Burly Brawl (Behind the Neo/Smith final showdown)
– Future Gamer: The Matrix Online (A sneak peak at the new online game)
– Before The Revolution
– 3-D Evolution
ENGLISH: Dolby Surround 5.1 CC
FRENCH: Dolby Surround 5.1
Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic) Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Surround 5.1 CC FRENCH: Dolby Surround 5.1
Favorite Scenes: “Coat Check Chaos,” “Super Burly Brawl,” “Invasion of Zion”
Rating: Rated R
Running Time: 129 minutes