The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Sci-Fi Action  |   Release Date - Nov 5, 2003 (USA - IMAX)  |   Run Time - 129 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Jeremy Wheeler

Endlessly disputable in its ideals, execution, and most importantly, audiences' expectations, the final act in the Matrix trilogy dares to deliver what classic science fiction has delved into for years -- human understanding. Ironic then that for the most part, the filmmakers' intent has remained universally misunderstood. The second film was so poorly received that by the time this entry was released, most outside of tight knit fan communities had lost interest. And just how does it end? With rousing action sequences sure to have audiences whooping and hollering?... Hardly, though the film's two big set pieces should, by all means, be that way. Instead, laced with layers of emotional connectivity, the powerhouse scenes of bridled geek joy transcend their money shots and shoot for the inevitable spiritual end that the series had been promising. In this way, Revolutions is a hard sell for any audience. The third film is weightier than it's predecessors and ends on a subdued note that is light years away from the series popcorn days of old. Still, if one stands back and looks at the entire trilogy, there are undeniable themes that make the backbone of the series....The Matrix ends with love causing a miracle. Reloaded ends with love causing a miracle. Revolutions ends with love affecting everything and creating a new world. Love it or hate it, if that isn't hardcore science fiction, then what is?