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The Matrix: Revolutions

Consequences and Karma

We're back- and with a bang too. Thank the cinematic gods, after the disastrous and discombobulated Matrix Reloaded, the audience has been granted with a film that redeems the trilogy as a whole. There is decidedly more action and less gratuitous making-out in this fabulous and well-worth-the-wait finale to the Matrix series- The Matrix: Revolutions.

From the first fight scene to the very last, the action is amazing. Kudos to the technical and special effects crew- they deserve big applause for this film. Revolutions offers one of the most awe-inspiring, nail-biting battle scenes in recent memory (which showcase, among other things, these insanely cool Transformer-esque fighting machines), during which the editing, choreography and direction truly shine and you see exactly of what this filmmaking team is made. You will not be disappointed; indeed, you will be amazed.

But I get ahead of yself. The story begins where the last left off: Neo (Keanu Reeves) is in a mysterious coma; the Machines are quickly drilling their way towards the human city of Zion; Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) is having a spiritual crisis; the only survivor of the destroyed battle fleet, Bane (Ian Bliss), is unconscious and awaiting questioning; Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) is still a complete psychopath and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) is freakin' out because her little love muffin might not make it.

Revolutions may best be described as the perfect balance between the first two films. It has its fair share of philosophy, kick-ass fighting, leather and vinyl get-ups, obscure revelations courtesy of The Oracle (Mary Alice) and, of course, love. The key word in this movie is: Choice. And also maybe: Truth and Consequences. Oh, and- Karma- too.

Okay, there are a bunch of highfalutin concepts thrown around (which leads me to one of my all-time favorite, and completely random, cameos of all-time Harvard African-American studies and Philosophy of Religion professor Cornel West as one of the esteemed Council members) in the movie all of which have some obvious and some not so obvious religious connotations. For example, one of the characters discusses the idea of Karma, as it relates to fate, duty and choice, with a baffled looking Neo (but doesn't he always looked kinda confused?). This is definitely not your average action movie conversation- it is a brand of philosophy seemingly only found in The Matrix Trilogy. Are the Wachowski Brothers trying to make believers out of us?

The Matrix: Revolutions does what all good endings must do- it ties everything together. All those extra characters introduced in the second film and all the theories floating around will be brought to a conclusion. At last, it all makes sense! For those of you left feeling like you had the I.Q. of a gnat because you had no idea what Neo and The Architect were talking about during their massive intellectual showdown in Reloaded, you will now understand.

Niobe (Jada Pinkett-Smith) steals the spotlight away from Morpheus in a scene that will having you holding your breathe in anticipation. The Merovingian (Lambert Wilson) aka The Frenchman steals his scene and brings a wonderfully highbrow humor to the film. Another indelible scene, in which a whacked-out Agent Smith, acting like he's on a cocaine binge gone wrong, confronts The Oracle and the two have a battle of the wits, is comparable to the infamous scene from The Princess Bride in which Vizzini and The Dread Pirate Roberts exchange quips of circular logic over cups of poison. It'll make you smile.

It will all make you smile. At Last.

STARS: 4 out of 5