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The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

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Critic Consensus: A disappointing conclusion to the Matrix trilogy as characters and ideas take a back seat to the special effects.

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Shot back-to-back with The Matrix Reloaded, the third and final installment of Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski's sci-fi action saga picks up where the second film left off. Neo (Keanu Reeves) remains unconscious in the real world, caught in a mysterious subway station that lies between the machine world and the Matrix, and Bane (Ian Bliss) is still a conduit for Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), who continues to grow out of control, threatening to destroy both worlds. Meanwhile, as the sentinels get closer and closer to Zion, the citizens of the earth's last inhabited city prepare for the inevitable onslaught. By bargaining with The Merovingian (Lambert Wilson), Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) are able to free Neo who, after meeting with The Oracle (Mary Alice stepping in for the late Gloria Foster), decides that he must leave Zion and head for the machine mainframe. As Neo and Trinity venture into the dangerous machine world, with hopes of stopping both the machines and Agent Smith, their comrades in Zion attempt to fight off the attacking sentinels with the odds stacked greatly against them. Other cast members returning include Monica Bellucci, Ngai Sing, and Harold Perrineau Jr. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

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Cast

Hugo Weaving
as Agent Smith
Mary Alice
as The Oracle
Monica Bellucci
as Persephone
Lambert Wilson
as Merovingian
Harry Lennix
as Cdr. Lock
Anthony Zerbe
as Councillor Hamann
Francine Bell
as Councillor Grace
Robyn Nevin
as Councillor Dillard
Cornel West
as Councillor West
Helmut Bakaitis
as The Architect
Rupert Reid
as Lock's Lieutenant
Kate Beahan
as Coat Check Girl
Kathryn Jenkins
as Hel Club Trainee Pony-Girl
Nicole Roberts
as Hel Club Slave
Kevin M. RIichardson
as Deus Ex Machina
David Bowers (II)
as Q-Ball Gang Member No.1
Cassandra Williams
as Bubble Girl
Dion Horstmans
as Q-Ball Gang Member No.2
Jessica Wynands
as Hel Club Pony Girl
Matt McColm
as Agent Thompson
Zeke Castelli
as Operations Officer Mattis
Henry Blasingame
as Deus Ex Machina
Joe Manning
as First Operator At Command
Kittrick Redmond
as Second Operator At Command
Maurice Morgan
as Tower Soldier
Rene Naufahu
as Zion Gate Operator
Genevieve O'Reilly
as Officer Wirtz
Bruce Spence
as Trainman
Richard Sydenham
as Dock Sergeant
Che Timmins
as Radio Bunker Man
Bernard White
as Rama-Kandra
Kevin Scott Richardson
as Deus Ex Machina
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Critic Reviews for The Matrix Revolutions

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (39)

The Wachowski brothers have rendered their chronicles into banality, as if trying to imitate the qualitative tailspin of the Star Wars series.

November 7, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

There's nothing even resembling a surprise in the third and weakest installment of the trilogy.

November 7, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
Arizona Republic
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No less than the rankest demagogue, The Matrix Revolutions insists on the primacy of faith over knowledge. Once it locks and loads, however, the triumphant visuals short-circuit anything resembling abstract thought.

November 5, 2003
Village Voice
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One of the most original concepts in recent fantasy movie history has devolved into something perfectly ordinary.

November 5, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
Top Critic

An unwieldy, two-plus-hours third act of a movie, guided by the principle (incubated by Reloaded and fully grown here) that too much is never too much.

November 5, 2003 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

As an action movie, it's talky, but it rocks.

November 5, 2003 | Rating: A-
Houston Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for The Matrix Revolutions

½

A frustrating conclusion that got way too convoluted by this point and is unable to bring the intelligent ideas proposed in the first two movies into something consistent, leaving too much unanswered and becoming only messier and more confusing with every new information.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

Another installment of standard matrix stuff with cool special effects.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Agent Smith's reach has extended into the real world threatening Neo's attempt to end the war as the machine offensive breaches the gates of Zion. The disappointment felt upon the release of the rather self indulgent and empty Matrix Reloaded caused a real backlash against the Wachowskis, and Revolutions garnered a similarly lukewarm reception. But for me, shifting the action to the "real" world meant less reliance on endless stop motion fight sequences and freshened things up immensely. The visuals are truly spectacular, even by today's standards meaning Revolutions is easily the best looking of the three films and it has a more epic scope that reminded me of the last battle sequences of Return Of The Jedi done in the style of Aliens, and for a sci-fi nerd that's the ultimate combination! The Wachowski's strengths always lied in concepts and visual effects so Revolutions is a much more satisfying cocktail than the clunky wordiness of Reloaded making for a truly jaw dropping thrill ride; the attack on Zion's docking platform is one of the best action sequences I've ever seen and it's a far more satisfying package than the lumbering CGI jerk off that was Avatar. If they'd only trimmed the superfluous flab off the story and made it two films instead of three, I think a worthy sequel would have emerged. That aside, Revolutions is still a highly under-rated finale and well worth a second look.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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