Running time: 136 minutes (Matrix), 138 minutes (Matrix Reloaded), 129 minutes (Matrix Revolutions)
Screenplay: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Directors: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano, Marcus Chong, Julian Arahanga, Matt Doran, Belinda McClory, Anthony Ray Parker, Gloria Foster, Lambert Wilson, Monica Bellucci, Helmut Bakaitis, Ian Bliss, Collin Chou, Randall Duk Kim, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nathaniel Lees, Harry Lennix, Harold Perrineau, Clayton Watson, Anthony Zerbe, Adrian Rayment, Neil Rayment, Mary Alice, Bruce Spence
|Neo and Agent Smith go head to head.|
Keanu Reeves is Thomas Anderson, an entirely normal person, if a little empty. Mr. Anderson is not empty simply because he is being played by Reeves, who is not known for his emoting (although I've never found him to be as dreadful as many others seem to), but because he has an alter-ego in the virtual world, where he goes by the name of Neo. Neo has a feeling that something isn't quite right with the world, a feeling many people in our own real world share. Neo is searching the online world for an answer, an answer which finds him and blows his mind, as well as ours.
|Neo and Agent Smith go head to head, again.|
The Matrix Revolutions, however, while not utterly dreadful, is certainly the most mediocre of the three. Acting was never the strong point in these films, but the performances in the final part are downright diabolical. Neo and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) never did have much chemistry, but by the third film the lack of spark between the two ‘lovers’ is embarrassing. Maybe no-one can understand the philosophy-heavy dialogue anymore, so they don’t know how to deliver their lines convincingly.
Try to remember The Matrix as something really special, and try not to let the sequels, particularly the third movie, ruin that memory.
The Matrix: 9/10
The Matrix Reloaded: 6/10
The Matrix Revolutions: 5/10
There is a lot of mixed opinion about these films out there, for example Bob couldn't stand The Matrix, while Empire are more on my wavelength. The Matrix Reloaded is actually better thought of than I expected, as illustrated by both Rodney's and Empire's reviews. While the final part generally does less well, evidenced by Rodney again, it still has its fans.