Matrix Revolutions eats its own fans
|Don’t get me wrong: I really like Matrix Revolutions for its powerful scenes and its dialogue and never-seen-before battles. It’s one of the finest pieces of film history.
But what’s wrong with Matrix Revolutions then?
I reproach the movie for its lack of answers. Answers to questions that Matrix Reloaded raised (and seemed to promise to answer in Revolutions).
Dude, where is my matrix?
Imagine you make a movie and suddenly your hero has telekinetic powers: He stops 4 incoming war machines just by thinking it. Wow, that is a twist.
Matrix fans around the globe discussed for MONTHS “how this was possible” and “what would the twists be that the Wachowski brothers had up their sleeves for Revolutions?”. Fans were looking for the same kind of twists we loved in Matrix 1 and Matrix 2.
The brothers created one of the biggest cliffhangers of movie history. I think it was meant to electrify and I think the Wachowskis wanted to raise these forum discussions (they are computer fans themselves).
And how did the Wachowskis decide to resolve this riddle in Matrix Revolutions?
Ahem, excuse me?
THIS IS THE WHOLE ANSWER TO THE BIGGEST RIDDLE OF THE TRILOGY?
Even a third-rate scriptwriter could come up with something more intelligent after 5 minutes in the toilet (I am talking about the solution to the riddle here, not about the movie as a whole.)
Shall the Oracle’s words really explain why Neo is blind and can see everything in gold code? His ability to feel and to burst the sentinels? How he can be in the Matrix while not jacked-in?
No, the Oracle doesn’t answer ANYTHING. She merely restates the question. She gives an answer like “Why do you ask?” or “Because you are the One”.
Now it seems that the Wachowskis were powerless against the united creativity of the Matrix community. This cliffhanger hanged the brothers. Victims of their own riddles. Discredited by the words of their own heroes.
Wachowskis, where is the twist, goddammit?
I love the movies, and that’s why I am angry. Something’s different. I cannot feel them. It’s not what the movie shows. It’s what the movie does not show: The twists and the mind-puzzles!
I can honestly say, that in forums around the web (including this site’s forum) there have been better ideas for Revolutions than in the resulting movie. It seems the movie DOESN’T EVEN TRY to make us marvel (except on the level of visuals). Didn’t the brothers realize the potential of what they have created with Matrix 1 and Matrix 2?
Here are a few twist ideas from the internet community:
Now these are what I consider “Twists”.
In fact: ANYTHING is better than an answer given by the Oracle.
I don’t care whether the Merovingian is a descendent of Jesus or Maria. This is irrelevant. But I want cliffhangers to be resolved. I want a coherent story line.
Is the twist, that there isn’t any? Uff…
More unresolved mysteries / More meaningless information…
To the shame of the Wachowskis I have to add that also other parts of the trilogy are left unresolved and are degraded to meaninglessness in the same manner.
It seems to be the method of the Wachowskis to give us tidbits of information which turn out to be meaningless. The brothers increase the suspense but don’t deliver the satisfying solution:
Take the trailers for Matrix Revolutions for example:
Dirty tricks to create cliffhangers to increase sales? To fill the movie with the newest digital effects? Philosophical bloat? Does Revolutions even TRY to answer anything? Or does it use “Every answer raises 3 more questions” as a new merchandising concept to sever comic sales for the years to come? A Perry-Rhodan-scheme? The same PR trick that keeps Nostradamus fans and bible fans fascinated for hundreds of years?
IN FACT NO SINGLE QUESTION (from Matrix 1 and Matrix 2) HAS BEEN ANSWERED:
Instead of answering questions, the movie raises more:
Didn’t the Wachowskis know what they asked? Accidental mysteries?
Didn’t the Wachowski brothers know what questions would be asked after Reloaded and Revolutions?
This is supported by an interview with Nona Gaye (plays Zee):
This is also supported an interview with Joel Silver (the producer):
And also this:
Take another riddle: Zion. Is Zion real? Or is it a mere simulation? This is one of the biggest questions of the trilogy.
Keanu Reeves: “I think in terms of the representation of the films, the Brothers don’t tend to do things like that, like hood-wink you. It’s not like, ‘I see dead people’, where you are watching this whole movie and then, ‘By the way…’ I don’t think they do that kind of cinema. So my answer to your question is ‘No’. I don’t think it is so boxes within boxes. I think that Zion is Zion. But if you want to go: ‘Is it the blink of Vishnu?’ Maybe. But in terms of literally and the world of the pictures, no.”
What the heck? I don’t know about what pictures Keanu is talking, but if anything then Revolutions supports A-Matrix-within-a-Matrix theory:
Yes, it’s true: Matrix-within-a-Matrix wasn’t mentioned in Revolutions thus Zion is most probably real. BUT NOT IN TERMS OF PICTURES.
Gosh, this is a discussion I wanted to see concluded.
Listen, I don’t claim that Zion is fake. I doesn’t matter whether it’s real or not. But ‘Hey, the sentinel could go thru you, because you are like Jesus’ is just lame.
Looks like hiding conceptlessness under eye candy. Or maybe it’s sacrificing concepts for the sake of digital effects.
Maybe the brothers thought: Zion is fake but there is no way we going to confuse the general audience, so let’s explain it in comics and just confuse the theory fans. Lame.
Do I have to buy comics now to understand? How far will this go? Will the Wachowskis place hidden messages at the back of blow-up dolls to make me UNDERSTAND?
Missing tension / So many wasted characters…
Besides the lack of twists and explanations I also would like to point out the lack of keeping/ building up the tension. I am talking about film directing skills. I denounce that the whole movie looks like a big trailer. Mere snippets of actions.
It seems that characters like Persephone and Merovingian have been featured to increase comics / games sales. This applies especially to Revolutions where suddenly a sweeeet girl (Sati) appears with godlike powers. If this doesn’t smell like follow-up merchandising then I don’t know. But why do they write then “To be concluded” at the end of Matrix Reloaded?
It’s ironic that the movie is about purpose, but some characters are featured as if they had none.
It looks like the same old Hollywood machinery as always. “Hey, how about the devil in the Matrix, let’s name him…. The Merovingian. Think of all the franchise possibilities.”
I know, I know, my statements above are probably exaggerated since Revolutions may create a new kind of “Matrix Fan” who likes exactly its concept of “Just ask, don’t answer anything”. Overanalyzing for the sake of overanalyzing. Talking for years about the symbols in Matrix Revolutions. And their allusions to the Bible and Hinduism.
Maybe Matrix will become a religion itself for the very reasons some of the current religions last so long: Because they tell everything and nothing.
Everything that has a beginning has an end? Not the Matrix movies, it seems.
Missing fresh ideas
Guns and fists – Neo, I love you – Neo, you’re the One – Neo kicks Smith.
The same as before, just on a larger scale. Nothing more except what was already shown in the trailers. To give you an idea what could have been cool:
MY GOD ANYTHING WE DIDN’T EXPECT. ANYTHING. But not the Architect visiting the Oracle in the park, while the sun rises. Gimmie-a-Kit-Kat. Is this Titanic?
Yeah sure, there is a “meaning” beneath all the bad filmmaking. As in my idea for Matrix 4: The Architect is eating breakfast with the Oracle and it’s….Christmas.
What is it about after all? Is LOVE the most important thing? Or the story of a modern Jesus? Gosh, did Warner Brothers make a survey and “most adult females prefer Trinity dead and Zion saved”?
Maybe the Wachowskis really stole the Matrix idea from Sophia Stewart, but they stole only the first half of the script, thus they had to invent this lame ending.
OK, I am probably unfair, because there have been some good ideas in Revolutions (Smith taking over Oracle, the machine god, the blinded messiah). But too little.
Enough of Wachowski bashing. Now bash me!
Uff, enough said. Now it’s your turn:
Do you agree with me? Then post at my matrix forum, tell me how wonderfully correct I am.
Do you disagree? Then bash me at my matrix forum, tell me how stupid I am and that I didn’t get the movies and that I am a 12-year-old boy who was thrown out of kindergarten.
You can always try to change my mind. And you can go to this poll: Did you like Matrix Revolutions? Every vote counts!!
Since the very beginning of this site I have taken every argument and featured it as an argument or counter-argument. Thus if you have anything new to say, you have a good chance to be cited here.
Please don’t say: “It’s all your own fault. You fans have been digging too deeply. Trying to give answers where no questions have been asked”. Don’t say this because 1) Fans are fans. 2) Go bash Star Trek fans instead. 3) All Revolutions continues to do is ask questions in the same manner as Reloaded did: Giving snippets of riddles and unexplained characters (e.g. the Indian girl) to raise those questions.
Click here to go to the old pre-Revolutions homepage of Matrix Explained.
Matrix theories and concepts
|Nobody seems to point this out, but everything looks as if Neo has been supported by the system all along:
Neo has been guided and helped
Just analyze the Architect’s interesting answer:
and also this:
and also this:
and also this (in the hallway to the Architect):
I read this as: ‘You are here because you are needed for our purposes’. In other words: ‘Everything happens as planned’ and ‘You are here because we let you come so far with our help‘, which includes…
Even Neo’s resurrection [Matrix 1] and the connection between Smith and Neo can be seen as being wanted:
Some more thoughts:
Are the agents in Matrix Reloaded Smith’s agents or the System’s agents?
In forums the question is often asked: “If the system needs Neo, why do the Agents want to stop him?”.
Well, maybe it’s not the ‘System’ which tries to stop Neo with agents. Maybe they are Smith’s agents (= possessed by Smith). We cannot even be sure that it’s Smith himself who brings the ear plug at the beginning of Matrix 2 (although it’s very likely since it’s Smith’s voice and the subtitles of the DVD say so), thus maybe one of the agents delivered the ear plug.
Let’s analyze the beginning of Matrix Reloaded a bit:
However here are some counter-points that make one believe the agents are indeed the system’s agents:
The Merovingian probably knows about it all (about Zion, Mainframe, Architect…)
Merovingian: “Do you know why you are here?”
Also Smith could be one who knows about the cycle (thus in a religious sense he is freed from needs and free from the cycle of endless lives):
Does the Architect WANT Neo to choose the left door back to the Matrix?
Neo is told by the Architect (after the Architect has stated how much Neo loves Trinity) that Trinity has entered the Matrix…
Why does the Architect mention that? Does the Architect want Neo to take the left door?
Since Neo has been guided and has been allowed to go to the Architect so far, he is probably still being guided. Just another form of ‘Apparently your own choice, but not really your choice’. Now the question is: Why would the Architect want Neo to choose the left door? Maybe he is aware that Smith is a threat to the Matrix (and Neo is the only one who can stop him). Thus if Smith is allowed to spread, there wouldn’t be 23 people left to choose from. Smith everywhere.
Think of that, too: When Morpheus makes his speech at the end of Matrix Reloaded, just in the moment when he says…
On the other hand it could be , that the Architect makes an error (since the Architect could be human) and Neo chooses the unwanted door. It is also possible that the connection of Neo & Smith alters the ‘door-choice’.
Think of that, too: When Bane (possessed by Smith) cuts his hand and tries to attack Neo, what if he was actually trying to attack Trinity? Maybe he wanted Trinity to die, so that Neo chose the right door?
Marginal note: In Matrix 1 when Neo flees from the Agents, Tank guides him to what door to take:
Is the problem really ‘choice’?
The reason why the first Matrixes crashed lay in the imperfection of humans (at least this is what the Architect says):
What is flawed?
Why was it flawed?
So what is choice?
What could be the problem that underlies Matrix-unwanted choices?
- Morpheus’ talks about “I must ask you to do one thing…To trust me.”
- The rave party is called ‘temple gathering’ and Hamann’s speech ‘opening prayer’
- People give Neo gifts to ‘watch over’ their children.
- The Oracle gives a prophecy.
It could very well be, that there is too little to believe within the Matrix (= a simulation calculated by machines, thus nothing to believe in), and being part of a higher meaning is more satisfying outside of the Matrix. Thus those 2 things (Choice + Belief) are the best glue to keep humans enslaved, therefore choice in the Matrix PLUS belief in Zion make the perfect trap.
- The problem could also be the ‘seeking for truth’.
Architect: “Which brings us at last to the moment of truth, wherein the fundamental flaw is ultimately expressed“.
The Architect states that the 1st Matrix crashed because of the imperfection of humans. Well, this might be inaccurate: Every human knows that if everything goes right and nothing wrong then something is a lie. Thus to make the Matrix simulation perfect (= making humans believe that it was real) humans had to see that things can go wrong (= see that wrong choice can exist):
Agent Smith: “I believe…human beings define their reality through misery and suffering.”
Thus the problem lay in the too-perfection of the Matrix and not in the less-perfection of humans (or any other life form).
- The problem could be ‘Death wish’
Agent Smith [Matrix 1]: “The first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world”
Architect [Matrix 2]: “The first Matrix I designed was quite naturally perfect”
Maybe humans WANT to die instead of staying alive for hundreds of years.