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I remembered it this week. Ok, 2000 or less word reviews of the Matrix trilogy if you please (this'll be interesting). Next week it's Batman (I shall take measures to make sure I remember).
Ugh. The Matrix, really?
Okay, so I will admit, I like the first movie. I didn’t love it, and there were a few people that did, but I truly enjoyed this one. Although, at the end of it, Neo was pretty much omnipotent (at least within the Matrix), so I wasn’t sure what they were going for when they announced the sequel. And that’s when things went a little weird.
Believe it or not, I actually like The Matrix Reloaded too. At least up until a point. I’m willing to accept a lot of the malarky that the Wachowskis wanted to throw at us, and accept that as just part of this fantasy world that the Matrix was, with rules that were going to be different from our own. Even if this meant hundreds of Agent Smiths running around (actually, Hugo Weaving is pretty awesome in general, so that’s not as big a thing as I’m making it out to be). Really it isn’t until Neo runs into The Architect that the entire movie franchise drops right off that cliff. After that, forget it, the franchise has taken a wrong turn, and never recovers.
The Matrix Revolutions: complete and utter crap. There’s a funny anecdote about when I watched it, and Trinity was dying. And I couldn’t stop laughing. The scene was pretty much ridiculous, and I had lost any and all emotional investment in the characters or story by this point. And then I wanted to throw my popcorn at the screen when they ended with some crappy “Neo is Jesus” allegory. Well, except that it would have been a waste of good popcorn.
Actually, if you want to see some halfway decent post-Matrix Matrix stuff, the animated straight-to-DVD “Animatrix” wasn’t that bad. I could live with most of that. Mostly, though, the franchise leaves an unpleasant taste in my mouth.
Yeah, I loved matrix, it was fun, mystic, action packed cyberpunk movie.
I had a hard time when they resurected agent smith, but why not?
But yeah, the whole architect “there is a plan” bit was stupid and demeaning.
Although one thing I did like in reloaded was Morpheus going against an agent. If matrix has one defect, it’s that it falls on the same easy “chosen one” pit that befalls so many writers and movies. Seeing a “normal human” rise and do something was great.
Spoiler Alert! Avoid reading after **.
This trilogy did show signs of decline. Like maybe the writer and rewriters did more / cared more about the beginning. New developments were sufficiently creepy for emotional effect but not enough for suspense-building. More secondary characters showing growth would have helped in my opinion. Minor battle heroes were successfully uplifting.
**I was all ready for the principle of recursion. I was ready for the real world to be another layer of Matrix. It actually disappointed me that there wasn’t. Agent Smith essentially returned the same way all other agents returned–that didn’t bother me. What did was the lack of explanation for Neo’s martyrdom and how much it really meant. I couldn’t tell.