Director(s): Andy Wachwoski, Lana Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving
I finally freaking get it. I get why ‘The Matrix’ is considered one of the all time greats. I get why Neo is the greatest original hero of the past 30 years. I get why these movies matter to so many people and why the fan-fiction is out of control. After all the time I spent in the dark, I’ve realized it all makes perfect sense. In the 30 years since the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy was released, ‘The Matrix’ is undoubtedly the second best trilogy of the modern era. I’d give the Nolan ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy a slight nod as number one, while the ‘Bourne’ series remains a close third. However, neither of the others concluded in the uber-iconic fashion that ‘The Matrix Revolutions’ did.
Everything is iconic about the ultimate battle of meager, human Zion vs. the massive, unending Machine City droid army. The Sentinel War Drills rummage through Zion’s defense mechanisms sending its army of Sentinels searching and destroying everything in their path. Zion counters with its legion of human-manned, robot, machine-gun warriors (APUs) that blast the machines relentlessly back to the hell from which they came. It’s pandemonium. It’s explosive. It’s rapid-fire, heavy artillery rounds coming at you in full force. It’s a beautiful mess of a vicious battle and it’s everything you could ask for.
Further, everything is iconic about Neo (Keanu Reeves) entreating the great Deus Ex Machina, AKA the leader of the machines, to let him attempt to battle Mr. Smith (Hugo Weaving) one last time, as a sacrifice to ensure their peace. And when they do battle, it is the most perfect magnificent encapsulation of their entire struggle throughout the trilogy. Mr. Smith believes he must win, but Neo knows his destiny – as the Oracle prophesied it – is to defeat him. Yet, the only way Neo can do so is to let Mr. Smith take his Matrix body over, which allows the great Neo to enter into his program and terminate Mr. Smith from the inside. It’s graceful and almost romantic.
The way ‘The Matrix’ franchise ends is, to this day, poetic and beautiful in a slightly warped way. Spoiler alert: Trinity had to die for Neo to accept his fate as a sacrifice to the machines. Morpheus had to live, as he remained the only human left with an abundance of hope. Zion had to survive as the symbol of resilience for rebuilding the future. Mr. Smith had to be defeated as a symbol of evil and malice. It all made sense and the trilogy came full circle. Yes, it was cheesy at times. Yes, you could still tell it was heavily reliant on CGI. Nevertheless, ‘The Matrix Revolutions’ was everything it needed to be. Closure comes tough when you invest your interest into three fully packed movies, but this final installment certainly succeeds where others have failed. It is the somewhat tragic, if not relieved, resolution to a magnificently entertaining story.