I started this blog well after this film came out but it was on the other night so I decided to take an opportunity to jump back to this one and talk about it.
You know the story and you’ve probably seen the movie so I won’t go into the story too much. Suffice it to say, I love this story – the details, the set up, the machine world vs the matrix, the whole thing. I found the writing something I got very wrapped up in this as I’ve always liked the idea of AI getting out of control and what would happen. The clash of chaos and order, man vs. machine, it’s all good. The omens of us polluting our planet, the over-reliance on machines, people becoming complacent and ignoring what’s going on around them. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
The visual components are stunning. The effects are top notch and have helped to set the bar for our effects standards today. The final fight in Zion with the sentinels is overwhelming and awe-inspiring as is the design of the machine city – a dark mechanical metropolis with an infinite amount of AI running around infesting every nook and cranny. The level of detail and thought behind the designs of the sets, the clothing, the way the CG is designed – all displays from people that are passionate about their craft and very talented at what they do.
The actors are at their peak with this final installment in the trilogy. Keanu Reeves delivers the Neo you come to expect. Reeves still comes off wooden at times but rallies at the right points and keeps you rooting for him nonetheless. Hugo Weaving pulls out his best cold machine Smith (who’s got a little human in him now to boot and it shows) and makes you glad that he’s both the villain and that the ending isn’t going to work out so well for him. Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity is beautiful, dangerous and strong but has some great moments of vulnerability too. Laurence Fishburne is the MAN as the prophet Morpheus; he’s compassionate and powerful with convincing conviction about his beliefs and Neo. Jada Pinkett Smith, Monica Bellucci, Harold Perrineau and more are included in the talented cast.
The Wachowski brothers wrote and directed.
A great, epic ending, to a great, epic story.
reviewed by Sean McKnight