Matrix Revolutions
Review by Ross Anthony

I've said before that these Matrix films minus the special effects wouldn't be much more than B movies. This final trilogy episode satisfies that equation.

Rather bland for the first half, save for a pretty cool ceiling-walking gunfight scene, Revolutions saves all the big guns for the second half. And they are really pretty big guns. So, if you like lots of firing at lots of targets, then you'll have a smashing time. Previously, I'd been extremely impressed with the innovative and artistic special effects (see my Matrix, and Matrix Reloaded reviews) however, Revolutions' effects don't break any new ground. In fact, though cool, Zion soldier attack units smack of something from a Robocop film -- many years prior. And ultimately, the film rounds up just as any other big action Hollywood film, except, there's that philosophical babble (less this time around) and a drab Keanu & Fishburne.

Though I still don't understand why you would use gunpowder compounds to counter an attack of computer programs, I did enjoy the two-woman bazooka team. One actress in that team endears us to her with very little to no prior screen time. And Pinket Smith flies a combat ship through a mechanical tube with good intensity and believability. Kudos also to these non-lead actors: Nathaniel Leeb, Lambert Wilson, and Mary Alice (who replaces the late Gloria Foster as the Oracle).

Here's a fun note: Hugo Weaving who plays Agent Smith, also played Rex the male sheepdog in Babe.

  • Matrix Revolutions. Copyright © 2003. Rated R.
  • Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fisthburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mary Alice.
  • Written and Directed by The Wachowski Brothers.
  • Produced by Joel Silver at Warner Brothers/Village Roadshow.

Grade..........................B (2/4)

Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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