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The Matrix Revolutions - US reaction

Compiled by: Jack Foley

US CRITICS have largely been unimpressed with the final chapter in the Matrix trilogy, even though the majority did find Revolutions to be a better movie than Reloaded.

The Hollywood Reporter, for instance, stated that it was’btter than Reloaded, but the thrill is gone’, while Entertainment Weekly observed that ‘there's relatively less of the clunky alternation of big action and static speechifying that stalled Reloaded. But there's also less storytelling fervor from the Wachowskis’.

On a more positive note, Ebert and Roeper opined that ‘there is visual poetry to that rain-soaked duel-but it's no more impressive than earlier battles between Smith and Neo. And that's kind of how I felt about much of Revolutions’.

While the New York Times warned that ‘Reloaded was certainly a lumpy, gaseous treatise of a movie, but viewers of Revolutions may find themselves looking back on it fondly’.

The Philadelphia Daily News lamented that ‘it's not only copying itself, like Agent Smith, but it's following the many other movies that have imitated the Matrix style’.

The Seattle Times wrote that ‘the laws of physics don't apply within the Matrix, but the law of diminishing returns does’, while the Miami Herald concluded that it ‘conclusively proves that the Wachowskis had little substantial to add to the premise of the 1999 original’.

And the San Francisco Chronicle stated: "If only filmmakers Larry and Andy Wachowski could have saved themselves from their own machines. Their computer-generated imagery goes from dazzling to deadening."

The Globe and Mail felt that ‘over all, The Matrix Revolutions, the third and last of the film cycle envisioned by Andy and Larry Wachowski, mostly feels as hackneyed as the first film felt fresh’.

There were some good reviews, however, with finding it ‘intriguing, frequently confusing, but mostly entertaining, Matrix Revolutions wraps up the trilogy's narrative loose ends in a reasonably satisfying fashion’.

And the Chicago Sun-Times felt that ‘in a basic and undeniable sense, this is a good movie, and fans who have earned their credit hours with the first two will want to see this one and graduate’.

Likewise, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which opined that ‘it doesn't exactly re-create the magic that made the original such an instant classic, but it's faster and more involving than Reloaded and it rounds off the premise and themes of the trilogy in a surprisingly satisfying way’.

Yet the underlying feeling was one of disappointment, with CNN stating that ‘the special effects are spectacular, and the final attacks on Zion are amazing - too long, but amazing. But the emotional impact of this movie is zilch’.

And the Los Angeles Times rounds up this overview with the question: "How did something that started out so cool get so dorky?"

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