November 7, 2003

The Matrix: Revulsion.

Filed under: analog — mhoye @ 12:24 am

Hi, I just went to see The Matrix: Revolutions, and I’ve got a few small things to say about – You’re welcome to click the link, but there’s a few spoilers in there.

Ok, here we go:

  • They went with the Matrix-In-A-Matrix model. This was made very, very obvious in the first twenty seconds of the movie – they pan in through layer after layer of green Matrix code, and then they come to a layer of yellow code. Then, they pull back quickly, through the green code into the matrix. So, yes, that’s why Neo is capable of all of these fantastic things. Boy, that’s disappointing.
  • The cinematography is not nearly as interesting as it was in the first one. Scenes don’t linger, the way they occasionally did, to let them sink in – hugely complex scenes with incredible depth and detail are left on the screen for a fraction of a second before moving on. Basically, it looks like George Lucas and Guy Ritchie slapped this movie together after a long night of coffee-related drinking games.
  • Jesus, I feel like the Cliche Truck has driven over my head. The little guy who makes good was in there, bravely going out to assist the crusty veteran who had previously scolded him and who then gets killed and says his final words to the kid, who makes good in the face of adversity and does his part to save the day. That’s not the most egregious example, but it might have been the most predictable.
  • The dialogue, my God, the physically painful, hackneyed dialogue. It’s like getting shivved in the ear with a Hallmark card.

That’s it, really. It was a big disappointment. The first hour and a half looked like it had been hastily assembled from any ideas and scenes that were lying around after the first two, After that, pure noise, interspersed with predictable cliche.



  1. Yeargh. OK, that does it. Everyone whose taste in movies I trust, they’ve all said it sucked. I’ll be keeping my money to myself, then.

    Comment by Maggie — November 7, 2003 @ 7:47 am

  2. Huh.. where you saw a “matrix-in-the-matrix” thing, I saw a “matrix-bridging-to-mainframe” thing.

    Comment by Mike B — November 7, 2003 @ 10:36 am

  3. So, I take it that you didn’t like it?

    Comment by Madhava — November 7, 2003 @ 6:33 pm

  4. I didn’t hate it. If they hadn’t set the bar as high as they had, it would still only be an OK movie. As it was, it was bad.

    Comment by Mike Hoye — November 9, 2003 @ 8:58 pm

  5. “Personally, I think it’s a cinematic landmark, as this film is the first time someone has managed to construct a narrative entirely out of plot holes.” – Matt Boyd


    Comment by Anonymous — November 9, 2003 @ 11:19 pm

  6. Two things:

    1) I didn’t see the Matrix-in-Matrix thing. The yellow stuff was dumb-fantasy-magic-handwaving that allowed Neo to channel the EMP pulse of a nuke explosion thru his fingertips and see assembly code possessing a human being (I’ve had code possess me for a few days, it’s no fun).

    2) The movie sucked. Correction, the movie SUCKED!

    That is all.

    Comment by Jamie — November 15, 2003 @ 7:26 pm

  7. Oh yeah, one more thing. The machines must have been built by Canadians. They seem to not like using guns.

    Comment by Jamie — November 15, 2003 @ 7:28 pm

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