On the heels of May’s “The Matrix Reloaded,” an incredible, yet
unfairly criticized sequel to the 1995 mega-hit, comes the third
and final installment of “The Matrix” trilogy. And while “Reloaded”
left me believing The Wachowski Brothers could do no wrong when it
came to their phenomenal film series, “Revolutions” sadly proved me
The film isn’t horrible, but since it is the final chapter of
one of the most popular and successful film series of all time,
being okay just isn’t good enough. The biggest tragedy is not the
film itself, but the fact that the series has come to a close and
this is all we have to show for it.
I would have rather the screen went black halfway through the
film and a message began to scroll up which read, “Due to the
inferiority of this film, the filmmakers have decided to stop its
continuation and hope to release a new and improved version someday
in the future.” Something like that would have been less of a let
down to me than the movie I saw instead.
One of the biggest problems with the film is its overall feel,
which differs so much from the sleek coolness of its two
predecessors. “The Matrix” and “Reloaded” were chock full of
memorable characters whose apparent fetish for black leather and
trench coats made them appear suavely confident in their
hand-to-hand and bullet-ridden combat with their nemeses.
Those characters return, but they take a backseat to the
robo-squid Sentinels, and other, less interesting characters.
Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) has little more than a cameo in
“Revolutions” and Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss)
disappear from the screen for such long durations of time you begin
to forget they are in the movie.
Two of the main characters share a rather emotional and
important moment in the film, though since the movie never really
succeeds in pulling you in in the first place, the scene is not
able to achieve its desired impact on the audience.
Thankfully not everything about the film disappoints.
“Revolutions” does have some truly eye-popping special effects.
Although it lacks the sort of preceding tension and buildup
necessary to make it the epic brawl what it should be, the final
battle between Neo and Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) does include the
most amazing punch in the face ever filmed. The extensive Sentinel
attack on Zion is also pretty impressive to watch.
Neo may or may not be able to save mankind, but “Revolutions”
proves that it takes more than just outstanding special effects to
save a movie.
2.5 out of 4 rams
MOVIES IN BRIEF
Actor/filmmaker John Favreau (“Swingers”) gives movie audiences
an early Christmas present with his latest film, “Elf.” Will
Ferrell, who is quite possibly the funniest man in America, gives a
hilarious and award-worthy performance as Buddy, a man raised by
elves at the North Pole who comes to New York to find his birth
father (James Caan).
Buddy is less rowdy than Ferrell’s Frank “The Tank” character
from “Old School,” but he’s just as funny. The film makes you smile
throughout and its homage to old, stop-motion Christmas movies
provides an extra clever touch.
4 out of 4 rams
As the film’s poster states, “Love Actually” really is “the
ultimate romantic comedy.” Instead of just focusing on one romantic
storyline, the film gives you several. So if romantic comedies tend
to make you sick, “Love Actually” may make you especially
For adults looking for a feel-good date movie, though, this film
is one of the best romantic comedies in years. The cast is
excellent and the numerous characters are surprisingly developed.
It’s as sugary-sweet a film as you’re likely to see, but equally as
3.5 out of 4