by Jack Turner
After the mind-boggling philosophy, bar-raising special effects and scenes that simply made people all over the world go “whoa,” people were so enticed with the complexities over the four year wait for the two sequels. What were matrix fans going to do to pass the time? Well, discuss the upcoming Matrix movies, and, um, discussing the upcoming Matrix movies. Not much else to do but ponder what would be coming at us, and ponder we did. Not only did we ponder, but some came out with whole storylines for the movies, showing exactly what they wanted to see. Here’s the bottom line: People hated The Matrix Reloaded for being a sequel, people hated The Matrix Revolutions for telling them their ideas were utterly wrong.
Sure go ahead and argue with me that Reloaded sucked, but we all know that a movie with so much success backing it up cannot please its fans that are going hate it whether its an excellent film or it’s the crappiest movie to ever be released in the real world. However, I completely agree with those that claim Reloaded to be the worst of the Matrix movies. This is because there is absolutely nothing wrong with the first and third parts of the trilogy. However, every time the Zion Rave scene comes on when I’m watching my beloved Matrix Reloaded DVD, I cannot bring myself to watch a pointless scene used as an excuse to get a little bit of Neo and Trinity ‘getting it on.’; so I skip the scene. This doesn’t occur with the other two parts of the trilogy, as I cannot even imagine not watching The Matrix or The Matrix Revolutions without some of the scenes in it; it just seems like skipping from seeing Star Wars: A New Hope to Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, while skipping the middle movie: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back- you just can’t do that, it’s got to be illegal or something.
In my humble opinion, there are two reasons why so many people are unpleased with the conclusion to the Matrix Trilogy: 1. it was inevitable-literally, and 2. all those fans who had used the four years, and six months after Reloaded, to develop their own ideas and concepts as to what would happen in Revolutions. After they had seen Revolutions, many thought that their ideas were wrong, it was just a simple love story about a man who lost everything and had nothing left to live for; well I’m here to notify all those people that they are so wrong that they could be any more wrong and still be wrong. The reason that Revolutions is the best film in the trilogy is not that it shot down everyone’s ideas, but it promoted them. I don’t remember anyone in the movie saying that there wasn’t a Matrix-within-a-Matrix, or that everyone in Zion are actually, in fact, machines, and the machines in 01 are human. The point is, is that The Matrix Revolutions, is so incredibly philosophical, that it is almost as if we are living in the matrix, we don’t know what’s right and wrong- what’s real and what’s not. The thing is, is that there is no right or wrong, just beliefs. The Matrix is such a religious film in so many aspects, but the most powerful one is how much it promotes faith. You can believe whatever you want to believe. As the great Morpheus once said in a little movie: “You must let it all go Neo: fear, doubt, and disbelief.
Overall, there are legit reasons as to why some people are so against the two final chapters of the Matrix Trilogy. Obviously one is that they are in fact sequels, but there is more to reasoning and purpose to that. Reloaded may be hated because it’s a sequel, but Revolutions was hated for shooting all of the loyal fans complex ideas they had that they were so sure were true. However, if they were so sure, why do they no longer believe those ideas? Morpheus faith was denied, but a little remained, and a little was all he needed to believe that Neo could in fact end the war, and he did.