DailyView: Day 235, Movie 324
I finished the original Matrix trilogy this morning in preparations for The Matrix Resurrections on Dec. 22. After watching and being disappointed by the first sequel from the Wachowskis, I went to HBO Max for the third film in the trilogy, The Matrix Revolutions.
Unfortunately, The Matrix Revolutions fails to help reimagine the second film for me and doubles down on the parts that were what led to my disappointment with Reloaded.
It felt very convoluted and spent a good chunk of time with characters that I either did not know or did not care about. The action for most of the movie was overlong and featured too much gunfire. These extended scenes of robots and humans in robot attire firing guns of some sort at each other became dull quickly.
There were large chunks of the film that do not include Neo (Keanu Reeves). There was a section at the very beginning of this movie that found Neo trapped in a space between the Matrix and the real world. This section of the film is utterly unimportant and irrelevant to the overall story. It just felt like it was something to toss into the film to pass time and allow them to leave a cliffhanger at the end of Reloaded.
The CGI is, of course, amazing. The Sentinels are a marvel of movie magic as is everything dealing with the battles with Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving). It is clearly a beautiful film that looks special.
Speaking of Agent Smith, I found his inclusion in this movie to be over-the-top and a massive step down from previous movies, in particular the first one. Some of his monologues were sillier than I expected them to be. As one of the top actors in the cast, I just feel that his work in the Matrix Revolutions became all cheese and no substance.
Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) was reduced to a side character among the group of nobodies and unknowns around Zion.
Here is hoping that The Matrix Resurrections avoids the problems that mucked up the two sequels to The Matrix and can create a new and entertaining path to take.