No one can be told how odd Revolutions is… you have to see it for yourself.
But that makes for a pretty short review. Read on. There are minor spoilers in the review itself (nothing that you can’t guess
from having seen Reloaded and the trailers) but in all likelihood the discussion will spoil you more than trick-or-treating.
Cast and Crew
The full listing is on the IMDB. The only real change from the first two is
the recasting of The Oracle. All the usuals are back – Keanu Reeves,
Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, et cetera. Once again, both writing and directing credits go to the Wachowski Brothers.
Just like The Two Towers, we show up in the middle of the story. (If you
haven’t seen Reloaded, large parts of this movie won’t make sense. Parts of it
won’t make sense anyway…) Zion, the last human city, is hours away from doom, Neo’s in a coma, and in general it’s not a
good time to be a human.
The big bad army of Sentinels crashing into Zion. Ever played Galaga? Know the bonus stages where eight or ten aliens swarm around the screen
at once? It’s like that only about a zillion times cooler.
I hate to say it, but the ending. Maybe when I see this movie again, it’ll make more sense, but right now I’m just thinking
it’s a bit of a jumbled mess. There was also some unpleasantness involving the untimely demise of a major character; you’ll
know what I’m talking about when you see it. Said major character’s demise was a bit drawn-out for my taste.
Once again, originality is hard to find. It’s the third movie of a trilogy, and they’re really trying to just tie up
loose ends. We see a lot more of the real world, including a really nifty large machine city. I’ll give it 3 out of 6.
The special effects weren’t really as special as they could have been. The sentinels were nice, and there were rather
a lot of them. They didn’t do nearly as much ‘bullet-time,’ fortunately; it was a bit over-the-top in “Reloaded.” In general,
there wasn’t much that was really nifty, but they did a solid job with what they did show. I’ll give it a 4 out of 6.
The story gets a little convoluted near the end, what with all the pseudo-philosophy and existentialism and so forth.
Not bad, but not really solid (but you’re not watching for a deep plot line so much as just to get some sort of resolution to
the first two movies.) 4 of 6 here.
Aside from Ian Bliss (Bane), who does a dead-on impression of Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith), there’s not much acting here. It’s
mainly stereotypes, and working with characters we’ve already seen about five hours of. Neo fights a lot and looks cool,
Trinity’s a hopeless romantic, Morpheus gives speeches, the Merovengian’s a jerk, et cetera. Nobody does a really bad job, at
least, so I’ll gladly give this one a solid 4 of 6.
They really tried to push the emotional response, but it got a bit heavy-handed in spots (see the “Low Point,”
above). And though it sounds weird to say this, it’d be nice to have had another five minutes or so at the end, to tie up a
few more things, give characters a chance to react to, um, the end of the movie… (it’s hard to do this without spoiling the
movie). Fortunately, they didn’t go too far overboard, and they get a 4 out of six for not doing too much of the
Neo-Trinity kissy stuff that annoyed me so in Reloaded.
The production was just kinda there. The sound mix was alright, the effects were solid, but I kinda missed having Rage Against The Machine in the closing credits. 4 out of 6 (Rage would’ve gotten them
an extra point).
Overall, though, and even though I know this is gonna lead to holy wars we haven’t seen since “Return of the Jedi,” I
think Reloaded was a better movie (except for its lack of a real ending). So I have to give it a lower score. Merely 5
out of 6.
Total: That’s 28 out of 42.