November 09, 2003

Pill Pushers

Now that I have finally watched The Matrix Revolutions, the line "Everything that has a beginning, has an end" almost sounds apologetic in retrospect. The last instalment in the trilogy has unmistakably upset many a fan to no end for various reasons. I too am disappointed, not on the specific count of the movie in itself, but for the fact that the director duo has almost knowingly walked away from a formidable legend status being conferred upon them by winding up the saga in the way they eventually did.

The single point of failure of Revolutions is that it leaves you without much to think about, once outside the movie hall door you can forget almost immediately that you just finished watching something you had been expectantly waiting for such a long time. That is so different from the first which left you winded with the plot and the visuals or the second which left you in a maze of questions and possibilities, with various interpretations oozing from every line and every shot. This one simply leaves you untouched.

Once again, in retrospect, it was sort of inevitable that Revolutions would not have much substance in it. The conclusion was pretty much evident in Reloaded. We had to find a black sheep who would take the fall, so that the franchise could continue on at a later date. And in the process, we lose the excellent Hugo Weaving who plays Agent Smith and Trinity played by Carrie Anne Moss, whose much reduced role is ultimately put to an end, just in the same way her name is shortened to "Trin" by a very subdued Neo.

But I believe the first one will live on as something of a minor legend, not for its heavily borrowed philosophies and taxonomical deftness, nor for the special effects, but for addressing a feeling that is always alive, overt or covert, in every one of us, which boils down to a question of how much are we in control or to what degree is what we define as real, really real? It would have been wonderful if Revolutions blew away everyone like the first one, but that would have been a stroke of genius too many to have expected from the team whose best work till date was the mediocre flick The Assassins.