The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

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Agent Smith’s reach has extended into the real world threatening Neo’s attempt to end the war as the machine offensive breaches the gates of Zion.

The disappointment felt upon the release of the rather self-indulgent and empty The Matrix Reloaded caused a real backlash against the Wachowskis and Revolutions garnered a similarly lukewarm reception. But for me, shifting the action to the “real” world meant less reliance on endless stop motion fight sequences and freshened things up immensely. The visuals are truly spectacular even by today’s standards, meaning Revolutions is easily the best looking of the three films and it has a more epic scope that reminded me of the last battle sequences of Return Of The Jedi done in the style of Aliens; for a sci-fi nerd that’s the ultimate combination! The Wachowski’s strengths always lied in concepts and visual effects so Revolutions is a much more satisfying cocktail than the clunky wordiness of Reloaded making for a truly jaw-dropping thrill ride; the attack on Zion’s docking platform is one of the best action sequences I’ve ever seen and it’s a far more satisfying package than the lumbering CGI jerk off that was Avatar. If they’d only trimmed the superfluous flab off the story and made it two films instead of three, I think a more worthy sequel would have emerged.

That aside, Revolutions is still an underrated finale and well worth a second look.

8/10

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