The Matrix Revolutions on DVD
The Matrix Revolutions is what happens when you have the idea for the first
two movies, but want to make it into a trilogy anyway.
Everything gets wrapped up for the most part, but it seems only wrapped up
because they had to get it wrapped up.
After using his power to stop the Sentinels, Neo (Keanu Reeves) is now in a
coma, stuck in a place called the Train Station, which lies in between the real
world and the Matrix. Since his power is only supposed to work in the Matrix
(though it now does in the real world as well, apparently), his only way of
escape lies with his friends. Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne
Moss) have to make a deal with The Frenchman (Lambert Wilson) for Neos
But they have to move quickly, because Zion is about to be invaded by thousands
upon thousands of Sentinels, and the city needs every available man, woman and
ship ready to fight. So it comes as no surprise when Neo, after coming back
to reality, announces he needs a ship to go to the Machine City. Only Neo knows
what Neo is up to, so he and Trinity head off while the rest stay and defend
the city. Meanwhile, Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) is taking complete control of
the Matrix at the same time as he is trying to kill Neo in the real world.
The first hour of the movie is endless talking. And its not the kind
of story-based talking we got in the second movie. This talking seems to be
heading nowhere and just filling up the first hour so they can get to the action.
The first major action sequence involves the attack on Zion, and is about 25
minutes of some really cool stuff. Once that ends, though, theres no reason
to continue. Theres some more talking, followed by the really lame final
battle between Neo and Smith.
After my initial viewing in the theater, I actually kind of liked Revolutions.
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized the flaws. Now, after a
second viewing on DVD, I can safely say that this third installment of the trilogy
just plain sucks. Which is even more disappointing because the second
movie was so great, although we may have to take another look at it now.
Even Keanu Reeves, who actually did a good job in the first two movies, seems
to have forgotten how to act. Everyone else has toned up the intensity to the
point of disbelief; now it looks like theyre all acting (with the exception
of Weaving, who is once again fun to watch).
The Matrix Revolutions is one of those movies that we could nitpick at for
hours and delve deeply into all its drawbacks. But who has that kind of time?
Although many have hailed the third as the best, its hard to imagine anyone
liking this travesty over the greatness of the second. Revolutions is the kind
of movie that make us think that maybe just maybe the Wachowski
Brothers arent as smart as they made us think they are.
Although it made $140 million, The Matrix Revolutions should still be considered
a bomb, and deservedly so. The combined $300 million price for the latter two
films means number three probably cost at least $130 million. It came and went
in theaters faster than you can say whoa.
The DVD features a reference quality audio and video track, and extras that
exactly meet the standards set by the release of Reloaded.
Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen (a Pan&Scan version is sold separately),
the picture is outstanding. Color and sharpness are excellent, with blacks that
dont hide detail, and not a single trace of foreign objects. Its
a very dark movie, but you never have trouble figuring out whats going
on (not as a result of the picture quality, anyway. Script-wise is another matter...).
Audio, presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, is equally impressive, with plenty of
surround use, excellent separation of sound effects, and a deep rumbling bass
that shakes the floor.
Revolutions Recalibrated is a half hour long featurette on the
making of the film. It features interviews with the principal players, but it
also features a bunch of spoilers, so save it for after youve seen the
film (although you could save yourself having to watch the film by just watching
this featurette!). During the featurette, a white rabbit will appear in the
corner of the screen. When this happens, press Enter on your remote and youll
be whisked away to another featurette on bullet time cinematic techniques.
CG Revolution is a 15-minute featurette on, obviously, the visual
effects. It talks about computer effects, miniatures, full size set elements,
and motion capture. Could have been a lot better were it a full-length documentary
that spent a reasonable amount of time on each section. Super Burly Brawl
is six minutes of storyboards, raw footage, and final composite in three separate
Theres also a featurette on The Matrix Online, a text-based Matrix timeline,
a photo gallery, and trailers.
The DVD is very nicely done; its too bad the movie sucked.
The Matrix Revolutions, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
129 minutes, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) 16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 5.1
Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving
Produced by Joel Silver
Written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers
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