Many people have said that the Matrix movies have been getting progressively disappointing. After watching the final film of the trilogy, The Matrix: Revolutions, I’d have to disagree. The action sequences have definitely increased, but perhaps that’s unavoidable when building up to the final confrontation between man and machine. Maybe the love scenes have been a little cliche, but people have been writing love stories for hundreds of years. There’s only so much that can be said.
The Matrix was a special movie, a ground-breaker. It was an innovative tale that constantly turned us on our ears, stretching our perceptions of reality. It stands on its own. There’s only so many times you can stretch something before it rips. Eventually, you have to take the plot and run with it to see where it leads. Barring the few trite moments and overboard action sequences to which most films fall victim, I have really enjoyed the Matrix series. I even liked the final fight scene in this movie, after being rather annoyed by the battle of the Many Smiths.
(I’m going to continue, however, you may not wish to read on if you don’t want the movie to be spoiled.)
The movie came to an exciting and intriguing conclusion, with enough left hanging to make one wonder. In fact, I’d love to see something along the lines of The Animatrix that explores the future of the peace founded by Neo. How do the machines and humans come to form an agreement? How do they live together? I know it would never make a feature film, but I think it would be cool to have a few glimpses. The Matrix is something that’s distant enough from our world that it is hard for me to imagine how the rest will unfold.
The films hang together nicely. They’re not perfect, but nothing ever is. I believe they are worthy, though.