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The Matrix Revolutions
Matrix Revolution
Starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne,
Nona Gaye, Monica Bellucci, Hugo Weaving

Larry and Andy Wachowski gave The Matrix an innovative, virtual power that was easy to perceive as something really cool on celluloid. Many were let down by this summer's Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions isn't really the one that fans, even diehards will acknowledge as the most memorable in the trilogy.

"Revolutions" starts where "Reloaded" left off with Neo (Keanu Reeves) in a comatose state. The conclusion of this sweeping sci-fi sequel has moments of excitement mostly from the work of visual effects supervisor John Gaeta and exemplary wire-fu fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping. Yet, the narrative drive and characterizations fail to really ignite as "Everything that has a beginning must have an end" as it did back in the spring of 1999.

Neo's glimmering limbo has the presence of young Sati, Indian native Tanveer Atwell, which bookends "Revolutions." Carrie-Anne Moss' Trinity has the passion and Laurence Fishburne's Morpheus has the faith to get Neo back on track as legions of Machines are closing in on Zion with rebels like The Kid (Clayton Watson) and Zee (Nona Gaye) out to protect their last stronghold.

The late Gloria Foster as the arcane, sweet Oracle has been adequately replaced by Mary Alice. Neo still is committed to her Prophecy even though "Reloaded" acknowledged that the information may have been manipulated by the Machines.

Besides dealing with the looming destruction headed by the "squiddies" or Sentinels, there's the megalomaniac, rogue Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), who continues to replicate himself in the Matrix. Part of the hovercraft crew, Ian Bliss' Bane, has been inhabited by Smith who has his own designs on the rebels and Machines.

Jada Pinket Smith as Niobe gets to have more screen time piloting the rebel ship against the Machines, in a sequence which takes place in a mechanical sewer line. The Wachowskis divert Neo and Trinity off on their own to deal with plenty of obstacles with Moss' Double Eagle" kick in mid-air feature in the Club Hell Coat Check fight. Wo Ping also excels with the virtual lensing traveling past "bullet time" using motion capture data when Neo and Agent Smith lock heads in a weightless "High Noon" showdown amid streaming torrents of rain.

Because "Reloaded" introduced many new characters and had a preponderance of philosophical dialogue underlining the spiritual nature of what Neo's mission truly means, the narrative mostly distracted from energizing scenes like the Super Burly Brawl. The truth about the One is enlightening, at least for the characters, who again are secondary because of the emphasis on what has made the PC game "Enter The Matrix" so interactively invigorating for the action crowd. Too bad actors like Lambert Wilson as Mervoginian and Monica Bellucci as the mysteriously enchanting Persephone aren't allowed to have more substance and significance.

Moss illuminates Trinity as much as she can and Reeves does likewise with a little less disjointed dialogue as hope shrouds the gloom and obliqueness. The technology and time spent in Australia by the Wachowskis was finally positioned to go beyond The Terminator in a uniquely creative way. But even with some intense battle sequences like those faced in Zion with units blazing away, The Matrix Revolutions, like its previous chapter, doesn't distinguish itself as a virtual dynamo.

Matrix Revolutions

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