The Matrix Revolutions

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The Matrix Revolutions
Matrix revolutions ver7.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced byJoel Silver
Written byThe Wachowski Brothers
StarringKeanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss
Hugo Weaving
Jada Pinkett Smith
Harry J. Lennix
Harold Perrineau
Music byDon Davis
CinematographyBill Pope
Editing byZach Staenberg
StudioVillage Roadshow Pictures
Silver Pictures
NPV Entertainment
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • October 27, 2003 (2003-10-27) (Premiere)
  • November 5, 2003 (2003-11-05) (United States)
Running time129 minutes[1]
CountryAustralia
United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$110 million[2]
Box office$427,343,298
 
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The Matrix Revolutions
Matrix revolutions ver7.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced byJoel Silver
Written byThe Wachowski Brothers
StarringKeanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss
Hugo Weaving
Jada Pinkett Smith
Harry J. Lennix
Harold Perrineau
Music byDon Davis
CinematographyBill Pope
Editing byZach Staenberg
StudioVillage Roadshow Pictures
Silver Pictures
NPV Entertainment
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • October 27, 2003 (2003-10-27) (Premiere)
  • November 5, 2003 (2003-11-05) (United States)
Running time129 minutes[1]
CountryAustralia
United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$110 million[2]
Box office$427,343,298

The Matrix Revolutions is a 2003 American science fiction action film and the third installment of The Matrix trilogy. The film was released six months following The Matrix Reloaded. The film was written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers and released simultaneously in 60 countries on November 5, 2003. While it is the final film in the series, the Matrix storyline continued in The Matrix Online.

The film was the second live-action film to be released in both regular and IMAX theaters at the same time.

Plot[edit]

Neo and Bane lie unconscious in the medical bay of the ship Hammer. Meanwhile, Neo finds his digital self trapped in a virtual subway station – a transition zone between the Matrix and the Machine City. In that subway station, he meets a "family" of programs, including a girl named Sati, whose father tells Neo the subway is controlled by the Trainman, an exiled program loyal to the Merovingian. When Neo tries to board a train with the family, the Trainman refuses and overpowers him.

Seraph contacts Morpheus and Trinity on behalf of the Oracle, who informs them of Neo's confinement. Seraph, Morpheus and Trinity enter Club Hel, where they confront the Merovingian and force him to release Neo. Troubled by visions of the Machine City, Neo visits the Oracle, who reveals that Smith intends to destroy both the Matrix and the real world. She states that "everything that has a beginning has an end", and that the war will conclude. After Neo leaves, a large group of Smiths assimilates Sati, Seraph and the unresisting Oracle, gaining her powers of precognition.

In the real world, the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar and the Hammer find and reactivate Niobe's ship, the Logos. They interrogate Bane, who says that he has no recollection of the earlier massacre. As the captains plan their defense of Zion, Neo requests a ship to travel to the Machine City. Motivated by her encounter with the Oracle, Niobe offers him the Logos. Neo departs, accompanied by Trinity. Bane, who has stowed away on the Logos, takes Trinity hostage. Neo realizes that Bane has been assimilated by Smith. Bane cauterizes Neo's eyes with a power cable, blinding him; however, Neo discovers an ability to perceive the world as golden light. Neo kills Bane, and Trinity pilots them to the Machine City.

Niobe and Morpheus set out for Zion with the Hammer to aid the human defenses against the Sentinels. In Zion, the fatally wounded Captain Mifune instructs Kid to open the gate for the Hammer. When it arrives, it discharges its EMP, disabling the Sentinels but also the remaining defenses. The humans are forced to retreat and wait for the next attack, thinking that it will be their last stand. Neo and Trinity are attacked by machines, causing them to crash the Logos into the Machine City. The crash kills Trinity. Neo enters the Machine City and encounters the "Deus Ex Machina", the machine leader. Neo, warning that Smith plans to conquer both the Matrix and the real world, offers to stop Smith in exchange for peace with Zion. The machine leader agrees, and the Sentinels stop attacking Zion.

The Machines provide a connection for Neo to enter the Matrix. Inside, Neo finds that Smith has assimilated all its inhabitants. The Smith with the Oracle's powers steps forth, saying that he has foreseen his victory. After a protracted battle, Neo has Smith assimilate him. The machine leader sends a burst of energy into Neo's body in the real world, causing all the Smiths in the Matrix to be destroyed. The Sentinels withdraw from Zion, Neo's body is carried away by the machines, and Morpheus and Niobe embrace. The Matrix reboots, and the Architect encounters the Oracle in a park. They agree that the peace will last "as long as it can", and that all humans will be offered the opportunity to leave the Matrix. The Oracle tells Sati that she thinks they will see Neo again. Seraph asks the Oracle if she knew this would happen, and she replies that she did not know, but she believed.

Cast[edit]

Actress Gloria Foster, who played the Oracle in the first and second films, died before the completion of her filming for the third.[citation needed] She was replaced by actress Mary Alice. Her changed appearance is addressed in the film's plot, and the directors stated they had coincidentally explored such a change early in the script's development.[citation needed]

Production[edit]

Filming occurred concurrently with its predecessor, The Matrix Reloaded, and live-action sequences for the video game Enter the Matrix. This took place primarily at Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia.

Sound design[edit]

Sound editing on The Matrix trilogy was completed by Danetracks in West Hollywood, California.

Soundtrack[edit]

In contrast to its predecessors, very few "source" tracks are used in the film. Aside from Don Davis' score, again collaborating with Juno Reactor, only one external track (by Pale 3) is used.

Although Davis rarely focuses on strong melodies[citation needed], familiar leitmotifs from earlier in the series reappear. For example, Neo and Trinity's love theme—which briefly surfaces in the two preceding films—is finally fully expanded into "Trinity Definitely"; the theme from the Zion docks in Reloaded returns as "Men in Metal", and the energetic drumming from the Reloaded tea house fight between Neo and Seraph opens "Tetsujin", as Seraph, Trinity and Morpheus fight off Club Hel's three doormen.

The climactic battle theme, named "Neodämmerung" (in reference to Wagner's Götterdämmerung), features a choir singing extracts (shlokas) from the Upanishads. The chorus can be roughly translated from Sanskrit as follows: "lead us from untruth to truth, lead us from darkness to light, lead us from death to immortality, peace peace peace". The extracts were brought to Davis by the Wachowski brothers when he informed them that it would be wasteful for such a large choir to be singing simple "ooh"s and "aah"s (according to the DVD commentary, Davis felt that the dramatic impact of the piece would be lost if the choir was to sing 'This is the one, see what he can do' in plain English). These extracts return in the film's denouement, and in Navras, the track that plays over the closing credits (which may be considered a loose remix of "Neodämmerung").

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film's budget is an estimated US$110 million,[2] grossing over $139 million in North America and approximately $427 million worldwide,[3] roughly half of The Matrix Reloaded box-office total. The Matrix Revolutions was released on DVD and VHS on April 6, 2004. The film grossed $116 million in DVD sales.

The Matrix Revolutions grossed $83.8 million within its first five days of release in North America.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received generally negative reviews from film critics. The Matrix Revolutions received a score of 36% on Rotten Tomatoes.[5] The film's average critic score on Metacritic is 47/100.[6]

The film was criticized for being anticlimactic.[7][8] Additionally, some critics regard the movie as less philosophically ambiguous than its predecessor, The Matrix Reloaded.[9][10] Critics had difficulty finding closure pertaining to events from The Matrix Reloaded, and were generally dissatisfied.[11][12] The film's earnings dropped 66% during the second week after its release to theaters.[4]

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