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"Matrix’ finale is unsatisfying

Kimberly Nicoletti

Like “The Matrix Reloaded,” the latest installment of “The Matrix” focuses more on action-packed visuals than character development, philosophy or intrigue.

Mostly, I walked away from “The Matrix Revolutions” relieved the trilogy had finally ended. (Of course, the Wachowski brothers didn’t seal the conclusion air-tight – they left room for yet another sequel.)

My biggest complaint about the second installment of “The Matrix” involved its preference for fight scenes over philosophy.

“The Matrix Revolutions” pleasantly surprised me by not completely overloading me with high-flying, fast-fisted scenes like “The Matrix Reloaded.”

But, it disappointed me – as did “Reloaded” – with its simplistic characterization and lack of extension of the original mind-blowing theme dealing with illusion and reality.

Sure, it succeeds with its explosive fusion of live action and special effects. War scenes between whipping octopi and humans overwhelm the screen with amazing visuals.

But it would make a better video game than it does a movie. And, it’d be much more captivating.

The characters talk a lot about human love, but it’s akin to listening to a computer program talk about love: They say the right things, but they’re just telling us information – they’re not showing any sign of emotion.

What the Wachowski brothers did show, though, were bad-ass women – enough to draw too much attention, just like the second installment drew attention to its use of minorities.

And, dull discourse with a few corny lines thrown in ruled the movie.

In the end, there’s little explanation as to how Neo (Keanu Reeves at his usual blunt acting) does what he does (I don’t want to give anything away, though you can probably guess the conclusion). We’re just supposed to buy it.

And, that’s exactly the problem: Scores of people will buy a ticket, and the Wachowski brothers knew that going in.

Guaranteed success doesn’t always guarantee success – “The Matrix Revolutions” is a perfect example.

End of trilogy disappoints

Richard Chittick

Let me begin by saying that if you didn’t see “The Matrix: Reloaded,” don’t even bother with “The Matrix: Revolutions.”

Folks who found their way into the second part of this trilogy without seeing the original movie probably faired OK, but I really can’t see a way for this third part to stand alone. It quite literally picks up right where “Reloaded” left off.

Next, I have to be honest in that I can’t think of a way to say anything about this movie without giving away the whole thing, so if you keep reading, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

With all that out of the way, I’ll just get right to the point – the Wachowski brothers really botched this whole project.

I won’t go so far as to agree with my friends Todd and Holly, whose review of this movie consists of one comment: “It sucked.” But I will say that after four years of waiting to see how this visionary story of an individual destined to save the human race works itself out, I am supremely let down.

The special effects are amazing, I will give it that. The visual imagery is stunning, and I agree with Kimberly that, as compared to “Reloaded,” the fight scenes in “Revolutions” are less overpowering.

But somewhere along the way, the storyline crumbles under the pressure of trying to be bigger than these three movies can contain.

No doubt a “Matrix: Part IV” is on it’s way, even if it’s 20 years down the road, as this movie asks dozens more unanswered questions than the first two movies put together.

Going into this movie I was convinced I was going to like it. I thought I had no expectations, as I avoided reviews, previews and anything that would let me know how this story was supposed to pan out.

But I guess I did have one expectation – I expected it to be better than this.

Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at rchittick@summitdaily.com.


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