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Matrix Revolutions

6 November, 2003 2:08 PM

I completely forgot that today (or was it yesterday) was the release of Matrix Revolutions. The only thing that reminded me was that when I took a look at my blog stats this morning 10 of the last 20 referrals from search engines contained the word 'Matrix' in them. This afternoon it was 14 out of the last 20.

That in itself is not that interesting - but what got me thinking is the other words that were part of those referrals.

The most common search phrase that referred people to my blog was 'Matrix Revolutions Explained' - the second highest was 'Matrix Revolutions Philosophy' - the third was 'Matrix Revolutions Christian' and the fourth was 'Matrix Revolutions Religion'. A variation of other similar ones were there also.

Obviously my referrals are like this because of the content of this post about the different interpretations of the movie - but I'm still amazed how this series of films has obviously made people think about deeper aspects of life and faith.

On a related note the BBC slams the film. They write:

'The third and final part of the Matrix trilogy concludes in a blaze of obfuscatory special effects, leaving the audience dazed and dulled.

No-one really expects sequels to be better than the original, but Matrix Revolutions is a crushing disappointment in almost every way.'

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Or maybe we're dumb and we need help understanding what the hell that was all supposed to be about..

D » 6 November, 2003 10:14 PM

I know that many have seen the movie and have many questions, but this shouldn't give us a reason to not like the movie. I feel it was brilliant, and there were many deep philosophical meanings in this movie. All I know is that there was a sense of peace at the end of the final movie, and this is what the purpose of the "One" is. To bring peace to all.

Vladimir » 7 November, 2003 10:38 AM

The Matrix Revolutions is a supernatural triumph. Mere logic cannot interpret its meaning. Those who have dismissed it have refused to accept that spirituality is something inherent in every man. This movie intentionally exudes this and promotes the attempt to understand the irrational. It is a two hour thrill ride; passengers are channeled by action sequences while they attempt to grasp the supernatural beyond the surface. One is stretched and challenged, wishing at its closure to experience it again. It is like experiencing life on every level.

David » 8 November, 2003 7:34 AM

I was really frustrated by the reviews who had negative disperaging remaks about Revolutions, in my opinion it is the best ending to any trilogy and the matrix films as a whole are undoutably the greatest movie in cinema history.
The point being , we are all intitled to our own opinions and those who give public reviews should not abuse thier position and should give a proffesional opinion and not a personal one, Revolutions was Far from being a letdown and i would recommend it strongly.

Pasi » 10 November, 2003 12:41 PM

The oracle was behind everything, no one thought of that, so the critics are disappointed. but come to think of it, it was deep! i give it two and and half thumbs up!

» 11 November, 2003 3:07 AM

I don't know about anybody else, but I'm not looking for deeper meanings of life and faith. All I want to know is some explanations for a really confusing movie. Is Zion real or is it a program..another "matrix"? If so, then how was Neo able to leave Zion and go to the real machine world with Trinity? I found all this to be incredibly confusing and frustrating and although I thought the 3rd movie was a lot of fun to watch, I almost feel that they never should have made part 2 or 3. They moved away from the things that made part 1 great and they were just too confusing.

Joe » 11 November, 2003 4:08 AM

Any semblance of profundity or deep philosophical insights were destroyed by the third installment. It was disheartening in its lame attempt in wrapping up what could have been the greatest story ever told. Instead it will go down in history as a knife in the back of its collective audience.

jamal khawaja » 11 November, 2003 9:00 AM

had so much potential... yes its message carried the purpose of the one many levels beyond physical.. but tying up at the end... I think not. A weak collection of last minute round ups..(why do we still fight with fists when I can bend a building around you by now.) "bending the matrix as I see fit" NO. It is no longer a power of numbers or strength.. but the battle for will... "because I choose." well then choose to not act so freakin tired at the end of the movie when smith is still beating your ass...there should have no longer been a "tired" or a "wow he really hit him hard this time" that shit did not matter at this point. Smith and Neo are the same being, just flip sides of the coin... flip sides of the purpose, cause without balance there is nothing. It just was empty....
blah..ehhh.. what about the energy he could see.. what went through his body (physical body on the machine)when he went all bright while smith was saturated and destroyed.. what does the little girl represent.. and her fathers speech in the train station.. why did I not get to see that little french prude get his head cut off and placed on a pole. Could have done so much more with neo's powers... and especially with how levels of a holographic universe are all related through the one point.. the only point that matters. perception. Why is the matrix not real. The matrix is our mind the battle exists to free our heart from the learned bullshit rules of our mind.. follow the rules or be free.. but instead we need a "them" to fight.

» 11 November, 2003 10:56 AM

I think most of us are missing the point. The purpose of the one isn�t important, what�s important here is that the movie shows us that there are programs against the war with humans right? And then there is the oracle which works with the architect to seek out new ways of control right? So since the oracle found out that the missing factor in the matrix to make it work was choice maybe she set in motion events that would end the war. Notice how every time Neo sees her she offers him food and we also learned that food can change the code. Maybe she gave this Neo a special written food that would make him choose the other door. Maybe she designed Smith (he calls her mom remember?) to become a nemesis to both machine and human so Neo could make his offer.

ZachAttack » 11 November, 2003 12:08 PM

i haven't been finding many blogs that contain my view on the trilogy, but i think i have figured it out, so i want to share. the matrix may not have been an sci-fi-man-vs.-machine epic that we all thought it would be. what it is could be more touching and subtile. think of this: the matrix trilogy tells the life story of a man named John Anderson (Neo's real name... in fact the only "real-name" we know from the films). John represents EVERY person of EVERY faith, class, culture, and creed in the world (most of the characters are also "John Andersons"... Morpheus, for example, comes to represent the middle-class-struggling Anderson whereas Neo is the successful all-american-buisnessman Anderson). you travel with Anderson through his birth (the matrix), life (reloaded), and death (revolutions). the real world is quite litteraly the real world, and the matrix is the world of dreams, hopes, and faith.
if you understand who all of the characters portray, a beautiful parable of the human soul that spans all cultures emerges. The Wachowskis disguised it in a "kung-fu-sci-fi wrapper" so the masses would be willing to watch it. sadly, most who went to see the films saw them as only that.

simplewill » 11 November, 2003 2:11 PM

if you really want to read into what i think about it, visit my blog:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/simplewill/

(if you do, please leave me a comment! i want to know what others think)

simplewill » 11 November, 2003 2:19 PM

His name is Thomas Anderson, dumbass.

Neo » 15 November, 2003 1:48 AM

I have just seen Matrix Revolutions tonight. I went with to mates and I am the only one to have thoroughly enjoyed it.
I believe this is the only way the Matrix trilogy could have ended.
Look at it this way how many humans were left alive in the machine world (Real World) and how many machines, by what I could gather there would have been thousands of machine cities. Therefore the humans would never have won any kind of battle with the machines. But it would have been easy enough for the machines to destroy the humans (but that would have been a disappointing ending).
So agent smith was created, if agent smith wasn't controlled then all the humans in the breading pods would have started to reject the matrix again and all the bread humans would have died causing the machines to have to resort to living on a lower life form (second matrix speech by the Architect).
I think the story has an aspect showing about dominating species (if you can call the machines a species) take for example we breed cattle to kill and then eat for us to survive, what is the difference in what the machines are doing. If we were to come across some stray cattle that were determined to kill us what would we do? Put them down. I am not trying to say that we are cattle or that we resemble cattle at any point I am just trying to understand the films myself. Another interesting point in the film is the meeting in the Tube station, this portrays that the programs themselves are gaining feelings and questioning their own existence, this shows a sign of intelligent life within the matrix. So do we have the right to destroy it?
I agree with most people�s statement that the dieing scene was a bit too long and in the second matrix the love making scene was a stretched.

I�m sorry if this is complete and utter crap but I have only just finished watching the movie. After I have had some more thoughts on the matter I shall post some more comments

Liam » 15 November, 2003 10:58 AM

yeah the machine city could be huge by now.. zion doesnt stand a chance, so how else do you end the trilogy? depressing fact: there is no other way to end it. one little human city against a world of sentinels is a joke. the W. brothers really dug themselves into a hole with the unfairness between machines and humans. Revolutions is just a way of the brothers showing the world the bottom of their hole they dug..cuz they are forced to..
does that make sense.

jason » 16 November, 2003 3:10 AM

i think the references to christianity really only touch the surface of the CORE spiritual truths mentioned in the matrix movies..

"Maya" - Illusion,
"Karma" - cause/effect,
"Sati" - Sacrifice & Love
"Cosmology" - Quantam mechanics & Human mind.

are fundamental tenets of Hinduism, of which Buddhism is based on.

http://www.atributetohinduism.com/Hindu_Cosmology.htm

truth » 21 November, 2003 1:08 PM

Dear Matrix fans;
Please help me find out what's EXACTLY the porpuse of SATI, the little indian girl?
who/What is she?

Farhad Arkani » 3 December, 2003 9:39 PM

I didn't really like the ending of the film, but if you remember back to when neo was in the underground control centre of zion with zion's chief (can't remember name) the chief said something about the machinery that was providing air to zion, 'we need machines to live and they need us to function'. That is why peace had to be restored. Smith was a rogue program one that the machines or the matrix couldn't control he had to be destroyed and that could only happen if his opposite was destroyed, it's all about balance

» 22 July, 2004 10:36 AM

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