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The Matrix, part 3

I accidentally saw Matrix Revolutions on Tuesday.

We'd gone to see Elf, but Now listed the wrong time, so by the time we showed up 45 minutes early for the show, we were already an hour late for it. I was tempted to go home, but figured it was best just to get the Matrix movie out of the way. We were going to see it sooner or later. I hadn't realized it would be sooner. That said, it wasn't as soon as we thought. We asked for tickets to the 10 o'clock showing and were handed more expensive tickets to the 10:30 Imax show. At least everything was cheaper for it being a Tuesday. (This is also why we'd tried to be quite so early for our initially intended movie.)

A consequence of seeing the movie in Imax was that I didn't get to see any of the exciting previews which snowdrifted had described. Still, seeing it in Imax probably helped the movie. I've had memorably good times watching every regular movie I've seen in Imax. The better sound system and the size of the screen really help good visuals. Then again, I've not seen a truly all-round good movie in Imax yet: the other two were Tomb Raider I and Final Fantasy.

Short Review: It was okay. I cared more about the romance between Link and Zee than the main characters. There were some good moments along the way, many of which were particularly good because of the way in which we were seeing the movie.

Trivia: In one scene, Zee is grinding gunpowder together with a mortar and pestle. Where on earth do the people of Zion get the charcoal to make all that gunpowder with? Seeing that scene was nicely thematic with the rest of my day, since I taught a lecture on gunpowder earlier that day, a lecture which was immediately proceeded by a battery of cannons firing from Queen's Park.

Spoiler Commentary: I'm glad I read lots of spoilers for this movie in advance. It meant I was much calmer about most of what plot points there were in the movie. There were only two elements which particularly surprised me, since none of the reviews I'd read had mentioned them: Neo's loss of eyesight, and Sati.

Sati was an interesting plot device, but I was never clear on what her new purpose was with the Oracle. A trivial thing which bothered me even more was the suitcase in the train station. Did it bother Neo that he deprived Sati's father of his belongings? Did the contents of the suitcase matter to him? The suitcase was just abandoned there.

In the big defense-of-the-dock scene: wouldn't it have been more practical to have lots of well-armored people with guns rather than the big mechas with no people-armor?

I still want to see Elf.

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hilly02
Nov. 13th, 2003 05:15 pm (UTC)
hmmm
Where on earth do the people of Zion get the charcoal to make all that gunpowder with?

Apparently the same place they get the cotton/wool/fabric to make their clothes with...

owlfish
Nov. 14th, 2003 07:51 am (UTC)
Re: hmmm
Synthetics. I think they all wear synthetics. This would be a more convincing argument if they all looked like they wore PVC in Zion instead of the Matrix, however.
retsuko
Nov. 13th, 2003 05:26 pm (UTC)
Where on earth do the people of Zion get the charcoal to make all that gunpowder with?

Hush up there, Voice of Reason! ;-) (This is what I say to my sweetie when he asks overly logical questions about fictional things.) I've had this lingering question since the first movie, which is related to yours; what do the people of Zion eat? If the earth was as messed up as they said it is, what do they eat, where do they find it? Probably not the same place they get their wool, I suppose.

That suitcase thing bothered me, too. I guessed I assumed that Sati's father was so hell-bent on getting out of there that he was willing to sacrifice the suitcase...yargh.
owlfish
Nov. 14th, 2003 07:50 am (UTC)
Oh, they can make all of their clothing out of mineral-based plastics and synthetics. I wasn't worried about their clothing. (I realize that this doesn't explain the wear-and-tear patterns.) Maybe they steal nutrient liquids from the humans being maintained as a power-source? After all, something keeps those humans alive.

Mushrooms grow well underground. Expensive hydroponics maybe? They can be grown indoors.
retsuko
Nov. 14th, 2003 08:30 am (UTC)
Well, in the first movie, we see them eating some kind of gruel... (and complaining about the taste) I don't see them stealing nutrient liquids from battery-humans out of principle.

The mushrooms, yes. Good point!
ivpiter
Nov. 13th, 2003 06:32 pm (UTC)
I saw Matrix: Revulsions, too, with Sherry. There seemed to be an awful lot of big and little plot cliches throughout the movie. I mean, I guess that's what blockbuster films are made of these days, but still.

We did like the scene where Neo and Trinity break through the clouds, though it would've been better if it had been someone from Zion who had never seen the Matrix sun either.

I do think Agent Smith was the best character in the whole series.

As a rewiew I read somewhere said... the defense of the dome was just a giant Galaxians game.
owlfish
Nov. 14th, 2003 07:48 am (UTC)
I would have liked the sunshine scene better had Trinity had any desire to stick around and admire it for a moment, or if she'd at least tried to share it with Neo who may or may not have been able to see it - we don't know, and he doesn't tell us.

At least they didn't just have the mechas for the defense. I can't remember - where were all their ships? I thought they had a whole fleet? They didn't ALL die in the previous movie did they? I only remember one ship going down in the last movie.
sioneva
Nov. 14th, 2003 05:33 am (UTC)
I completely agree on the no people-armor thing. I asked Graham, the minute I saw the captain whosit guy get into his giant machine, "Wouldn't it make sense to have some armor on him?!"

Oh well, call me stupid...of course, where did they get any of the stuff they had, really? How had humans managed to build this massive complex in several hundred years anyway (or however long the One cycles were) without interference?

I thought it was a very nifty special effects film, but a bit crap on realistic portrayal of the situation...
(Anonymous)
Nov. 14th, 2003 07:18 am (UTC)
No Merovingians?
I take it the French-accented Merovingian from the second movie didn't show up again? Maybe a Carolingian this time? No?

-- Craig S. (www.logographer.org)
owlfish
Nov. 14th, 2003 07:42 am (UTC)
Re: No Merovingians?
Oh, he showed up. He just had a fairly insignificant role, mostly bluff with no substance, which rendered him pointless for this movie.

There was even a bit of Latin in this movie which the filmmakers expected the audience to be able to follow.
stormfreak
Dec. 5th, 2003 11:21 pm (UTC)
Pardon the random stranger posting to a month-old post!
Google searches bring up great things. Anyway!

I cared more about the romance between Link and Zee than the main characters.

Groovy! That makes two of us! ;) I'm a proud, proud, 100% Zink shipper! I've actually been working on a Link/Zee fic (like, the only one that'll ever be created, probably) ever since I saw M3. Trinity/Neo always bored me (ducks) and Niobe/Morpheus never registered on my radar. But those two were so sweet and loved each other so much.

As for the food question...gosh, that's been bothering me FOREVER. Is there regular food in Zion, dammit!?
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