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2.0 out of 5 stars Corporate Franchising At It's Finest : Exemplary, 6 Mar. 2004
This review is from: The Matrix Revolutions [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
If you're hoping for some kind of conclusion in Revolutions, you won't find it. While it's genuinely visually jaw-dropping in places (e.g. the huge battle in Zion's docking bay), the rest of the film is little more than way of frantically extending the Matrix merchandising franchise a little bit further. As such, it's really not the in Wachowski bros. best interests to definitively finish the story - so they don't. This is disappointing, bordering on the offensive, and no way to "reward" the audience that made you all that cash in the first place.
The end of Revolutions is hugely and prominently ambiguous. There's no evidence of what "finally" happens to Neo beyond basically a stage direction saying "Neo Exits", and the Architect's final words are riddled with inconsistencies. The rest of the film is much more of a stylistic mess in places than even Reloaded (which I like quite a lot). By way of example, when Revolutions is over, you'll begin to realise that there was absolutely no point whatsoever to the opening half-hour of the film - it's a plot line which just doesn't go anywhere and was thus no more or less than "filler" material to pad the script. The astute viewer can also expect a couple of scenes which seem oddly truncated (including a whopper where Niobe & co. appear more or less out of nowhere)- but never mind, the missing bits of the film are in the video game "Enter The Matrix" - which you also need to buy seperately. How predictable.
With the massively-multiplayer Matrix on-line world coming out soon (ooh, how "ironic", eh ? A persistent role-playing world existing inside computers !!!!), this is one franchise which will run and run. If I were you, I'd save your cash for the inevitable 3-film boxed set which will at least contain all the extra features missing from Reloaded (e.g. a making-of documentary on a par with the excellent 1.5-hour long "Matrix Revisited" bundled with the original film)- instead of an advert for Powerade and Samsung phones. At the very least, if you just want the film and nothing else, this is probably the cheapest way to do it.
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