This is a film about destiny.

(2003) Film Review

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Review by David Bruce
Review by Mike Furches
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Directed by the Wachowski Brothers
Characters by the Wachowski Brothers
Screenplay by the Wachowski Brothers

Bruce Berman ... executive producer
Grant Hill ... producer
Joel Silver ... producer
Andy Wachowski ... executive producer
Larry Wachowski ... executive producer

Cast - in credits order
Mary Alice ... The Oracle
Tanveer Atwal ... Sati
Helmut Bakaitis ... The Architect
Kate Beahan ... Coat Check Girl
Francine Bell ... Councillor Grace
Monica Bellucci ... Persephone
Rachel Blackman ... Charra
Ian Bliss ... Bane
David Bowers ... Q-Ball Gang Member #1
Zeke Castelli ... Operations Officer Mattis
Collin Chou¹ ... Seraph
Essie Davis ... Maggie
Laurence Fishburne ... Morpheus
Nona Gaye¹ ... Zee
Dion Horstmans ... Q-Ball Gang Member #2
Lachy Hulme ... Sparks
Chris Kirby¹ ... Mauser
Peter Lamb ... Colt
Nathaniel Lees ... Mifune
Harry Lennix¹ ... Lock
Robert Mammone ... AK
Joe Manning ... First Operator at Command
Maurice Morgan ... Tower Soldier
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Trinity
Tharini Mudaliar¹ ... Kamala
Rene Naufahu ... Zion Gate Operator
Robyn Nevin ... Councillor Dillard
Genevieve O'Reilly ... Officer Wirtz
Harold Perrineau¹ ... Link
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Niobe
Kittrick Redmond ... Second Operator at Command
Keanu Reeves ... Neo
Rupert Reid ... Lock's Lieutenant
Kevin M. Richardson¹ ... Deus Ex Machina
David Roberts ... Roland
Bruce Spence ... Trainman
Che Timmins ... Radio Bunker Man
Gina Torres ... Cas
Clayton Watson ... Kid
Hugo Weaving ... Agent Smith
Cornel West ... Councillor West
Bernard White ... Rama-Kandra
Lambert Wilson ... Merovingian
Anthony Wong ... Ghost
Anthony Zerbe ... Councillor Hamann

Original Music by Don Davis
Cinematographers by Bill Pope
Editors by Zach Staenberg

MPAA: Rated R for sci-fi violence and brief sexual content.
Runtime: 129 min

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Everything that has a beginning has an end.

At the stunning conclusion of The Matrix Reloaded, Neo (KEANU REEVES) took another step forward in the quest for truth that began with his journey into the real world at the outset of The Matrix – but that transformation has left him drained of his power, adrift in a no man’s land between the Matrix and the Machine World. While Trinity (CARRIE-ANNE MOSS) holds vigil over Neo’s comatose body, Morpheus (LAURENCE FISHBURNE) grapples with the revelation that the One in which he has invested a life’s worth of faith is merely another system of control invented by the architects of the Matrix.

In The Matrix Revolutions, the final explosive chapter in the Matrix trilogy, the epic war between man and machine reaches a thundering crescendo: the Zion military, aided by courageous civilian volunteers like Zee (NONA GAYE) and the Kid (CLAYTON WATSON), desperately battles to hold back the Sentinel invasion as the Machine army bores into their stronghold. Facing total annihilation, the citizens of the last bastion of humanity fight not only for their own lives, but for the future of mankind itself.

But an unknown element poisons the ranks from within: the rogue program Smith (HUGO WEAVING) has cunningly hijacked Bane (IAN BLISS), a member of the hovercraft fleet. Growing more powerful with each passing second, Smith is beyond even the control of the Machines and now threatens to destroy their empire along with the real world and the Matrix. The Oracle (MARY ALICE) offers Neo her final words of guidance, which he accepts with the knowledge that she is a program and her words could be just another layer of falsehood in the grand scheme of the Matrix.

With the aid of Niobe (JADA PINKETT SMITH), Neo and Trinity choose to travel farther than any human has ever dared to go – a treacherous journey above ground, across the scorched surface of the earth and into the heart of the menacing Machine City. In this vast mechanized metropolis, Neo comes face to face with the ultimate power in the Machine world – the Deus Ex Machina – and strikes a bargain that is the only hope for a dying world.

The war will end tonight, with Neo’s destiny and the fate of two civilizations inexorably tied to the outcome of his cataclysmic confrontation with Smith.

This is a film about destiny.
I did say a few months ago in defense of Reloaded that I saw a potential theme in the Matrix flicks.

Matrix 1: Freedom
Matrix 2: Purpose
If they get it right, then Matrix 3 will be about Destiny.

They nailed it!

Matrix Revolutions is everything it was supposed to be.
This is a film about destiny.

(Spoilers throughout) The thing about destiny is...well…it sucks. I think the two reasons why people are trashing the flick are very obvious:
Click to enlarge1. Trinity dies.
2. Neo dies.
Those two alone break the Lucas/Spielberg golden rule of trilogy filmmaking: THE GOOD GUYS LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. Would we really cherish Star Wars so much if Luke had gotten killed and only Leia and Han survived?

But that ain't the reality of destiny, y'all. In each of our own individual destinies, there are places where only we alone can go to do the extraordinary. And to make that journey can cost us some of the dearest and most precious things in our the ones we our lives.

In my personal journey, I have been blessed. I'm still in purpose-mode but the answers are coming. I have been blessed to celebrate 3 years of marriage to the lovely Mrs. Utz on November 4 (the day before Matrix Rev came out). I have a Bachelors Degree. I have acted, written and directed many plays. I have been able to share my love for film with practically everyone whom I meet. I've had a good life.

But there's one person who will never see any of this: my father. My father got killed when I was 12 years old. He will never discuss this movie with me. He will never see Mrs. Utz or his grandchildren. He didn't see me graduate from high school or college. Whatever life holds for me and my destiny, my dad will never see it

Deeper than that, unless God deems us to die together in a plane crash or car accident, the reality is that as part of our destiny, one of us is gonna have to bury the other. Either I will go before Ilayna or she will go before me. And I can’t stop that.

That's destiny. We've got to do what we must do and some of those who we love dearly will die along the way.

Trinity’s purpose was to help Neo along his journey all the way to the machine world. When her ultimate assignment was done, she perished. So sad and so sorry to see Trinity go...but I understand. At least she lived up to her purpose.

Click to enlargeRegarding Neo: Matrix Reloaded was about Neo's search for his purpose..."WHAT MUST I DO?"

In Matrix Revolutions he knew what he had to do...even if it cost his life. That was his purpose...he came to die.

That's Messiah 101 folks: the One is the one who will give up his life to save humanity. Let us remember that the framework for the Matrix films was that Morpheus and others had been spending all their lives searching for the One who will save Zion and stop the war between humans and the machines. That's what happened. Morpheus finds Neo. Neo fulfilled the prophecy. Zion was freed. It didn't happen the way we WANTED it to happen, but it happened. If that ain't a Jesus Christ parallel, I don't know what is!

Click to enlargeNow Smith also had a purpose: TO DIE. Reloaded stated that after his defeat in Matrix 1, he was scheduled to be deleted. But he didn’t want that. His death was just as inevitable as Neo’s. He just couldn’t accept that. So what did he do? He spread a virus of himself in both the Matrix and the real world as a feeble attempt to secure his own invincibility. Didn’t work, huh?Click to enlarge

I think it makes sense in the long run that Morpheus’ role got pushed to the background. Keeping in the themes of the film, he fulfilled his purpose. Morpheus basically had 1 job: to find and train The One. When Neo resurrected at the end of Matrix 1, his job was pretty much complete.

Click to enlargeThe Oracle is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit's job description is to lead us into all truth. In all 3 films, that’s what the Oracle did. She didn’t give Neo and everyone else all the answers. She just guided them into all truth. In the words of Morpheus in Matrix 1: “The Oracle told you what exactly you needed to hear. Neo, soon you will learn as I have that there is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path. The Oracle knew everyone’s path…but she allowed and encouraged them to WALK their own path.

Why are the reviews bad?

1. Blatant Christ-like imagery (to borrow a phrase from Gandalf). It’s SO obvious that this film is pointing toward the direction of Christ. All the enemy can do is try to turn the hearts of the people away from this message.

2. This is the age of "McMovies". No thought encouragement to draw one's own conclusions. Movies nowadays are the equivalent of how babies eat. The parents have to grind and dice and even chew the food up so that the babies can digest it. It's like how Paul explained that he wished that the church was ready for solid food... instead they could only handle milk because of the limitedness of their understanding.

Everything that has a beginning does indeed have an end. The Hebrew Scriptures explains it like this:

Ecclesiastes 3
A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

All in all, this trilogy turned out to be all about faith. Those of us who have our faith radars tuned up very high will see more in these films than those who's radars are tuned very low or turned off outright. The films have been heavy laden with faith concepts and principles. Some folks will only see Sci-Fi Fantasy. And that's okay. Some folks will see psychological mumbo-jumbo talk. That's okay. Others like us see these films as the visual manifestation of where we are in our various stages and struggles with faith & God. Our faith allows us to see past the surface of these films... and this world... to see something deeper, greater and powerful. I wish everyone could See like us.


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