Magazine article Newsweek

Whoa-That's Plenty: Attention, 'Matrix' Fans: It's All over but the Pouting

Magazine article Newsweek

Whoa-That's Plenty: Attention, 'Matrix' Fans: It's All over but the Pouting

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Byline: David Ansen

After "The Matrix Reloaded," there was still some question about whether Keanu Reeves's Neo was The One, but it had become clear that the Wachowski brothers were decidedly mortal. Their movie made piles of money, but the franchise, for all its fancy philosophical aspirations, had lost its mystique. Six months later it would be hard to find anyone who hadn't adjusted his expectations for "The Matrix Revolutions," the trilogy's finale.

The brothers pick up just where they left off, with Zion bracing itself for the ultimate attack of the Sentinels, and Neo emerging from his comatose state to continue his quest to save humanity. If you missed the second part, you will be hopelessly lost. Even if you saw it, expect more confusion than your average action movie delivers. Now it's not just a matter of man vs. machine, but humans and programs and machines with competing interests. To further complicate matters, The Oracle has changed appearances (with Mary Alice taking over the role beautifully played by the late Gloria Foster), and the power of the ever-duplicating Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) has grown so great he's now as much a threat to the Machines as he is to Neo.

Nonetheless, "The Matrix Revolutions" is more of a straightforward, race-against-the-clock action movie than its predecessors. Its centerpiece is a near-25-minute battle in which the Zion population stages a valiant last stand against a swarming army of squidlike Sentinels, a wild sequence so densely crammed with flying metal, flaming weapons and smashed architecture it verges on abstraction: if Jackson Pollock had made science-fiction action movies, they might look something like this. …

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