Preview by: Jack Foley
WITH just days to go before the release of Matrix
Reloaded, the hype is already beginning to build towards the
conclusion of the trilogy, in November of this year.
In what looks set to be a year dominated by 'The One', Matrix
Revolutions will bring the year to a suitably brash close, debuting
in cinemas a month before Frodo and company complete their journey.
And the buzz is already strong on this one, fuelled, no doubt,
by the teaser glimpse audiences are given at the end of Reloaded,
in the form of the first full trailer.
Judging by what's on show, the finale looks truly spectacular.
The story picks up exactly from the point at which Reloaded leaves
off, with Neo out of commission and a swarm of Sentinels on the
verge of attacking the last human city, Zion.
But the trailer promises us more battles between Neo and Agent
Smith (and his clones, as pictured above) and a final showdown
between unplugged humans and Matrix-based machines.
In an interview with Film Force, producer, Joel Silver, has promised
that both Reloaded and Revolutions will contain effects that will
never have been seen before.
"[The Wachowski brothers] decided that, in these two movies,
they would create visual effects that could never be copied,"
"So we have done visual effects for the movie that, because
of the time that we took to make them, and the cost, will never
be seen again. So I really think that the bar has been raised
so high that, you know, there is no bar. This will end the way
movies have been made up to now, because they can go no further."
The effects he is talking about will probably unveil themselves
during Revolutions 14-minute $40 million battle sequence between
the humans and the machines, which will bring the saga to a suitably
Effects supremo, John Gaeta told Empire magazine that the scene
is 'the most complicated sequence ever put on film', adding: "Revolutions
is much more epic, much more creature-based, and much more about
machines and bio-mechanical places."
Or, as production executive, Dan Cracchiolo, puts it: "Revolutions
is the pay-off - Reloaded is just a tease."
Bearing in mind the religious imagery throughout the first two
films, is it reasonable to assume, therefore, that the pay-off
is going to be something of an emotional affair.
Star, Keanu Reeves describes the first film as being about 'birth',
the second about 'life' and the third about 'death', with his
own character of Neo something of a Messiah. He has already died
and been resurrected, so who would bet against another sacrifice?
As one source suggests, 'maybe it should have been called Resurrection'.
So we should forget about Terminator
3: Rise of the Machines and the other blockbusters for now,
for they appear to merely be marking time. Bring on the Revolution!