The Matrix: Revolutions
Movie selections have become far more narrow in recent years. We can choose from movies that are designed to be video games or enjoy yet another film depicting the witless exploration of romantic coupling. Every so often Disney will give us a formulaic treatise on the role of parenting.
The final chapter in the Matrix trilogy appears in theaters to an enthusiastic crowd. The premier occurs around the globe at the same moment. (The first showing in my area was at 9am.) It is a complicated tale and not altogether uplifting.
We again meet Morpheus who continues his steadfast belief in the 'one'. Neo knows that the 'one' has had several incarnations of which he is the most recent. Neo and Trinity have developed a great love, but not all of them will see the following day. The machines have commenced their attack on Zion. Niobe (Jada-Pinkett Smith) is only one of the many black female heroines to save the day. Agent Smith has taken over the Matrix having converted all the residents into his own image. It must have been a very odd sensation indeed for Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith) to see his own face multiplied hundreds of times! (You may also know Mr. Weaving from his role as Elrond in the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy.)
In fact, if there is one thing at which computers excel it is multiplicity... and we see plenty of it! Hundreds of thousands of 'squidies' (the search and destroy Calamari employed by the machines) pouring through a hole in Zion's dome pursuing one ship or another. Many thousands of robotic defenders operated by our desperate heroes. The entire surface of the earth covered in alien style technology.
The recent Matrix films show us the odd punk, leather wearing, mohawk sporting, tattooed and pierced denizens. Gone is the suburban reality where we first met Neo. There is no daylight. Only for one moment do we see the sun when a ship passes above the clouds.
Another trait of 'revolutions' is the gore. Facial wounds and injuries to the head and face are viciously represented. Of course there are plenty of battle segments. There is a particularly protracted fight scene between Neo and Smith. All the effort placed into saving the last human stronghold delivers a hollow feeling victory. The film leaves us with no room for a sequel.