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Film: The Matrix Revolutions
"Everything that has a beginning, has an end."
The third film in The Matrix
franchise — The Matrix Revolutions
— follows up directly from the previous film (as the Wachowskis filmed Reloaded
back-to-back). As the machines reach humanity's real world stronghold and begin their assault, Neo attempts to defeat Agent Smith — who has all but taken over the Matrix — and end the war altogether. Critics and fans generally think of Revolutions
as the weakest of the three films.
This film provides examples of:
- Ammunition Backpack: A variation on this with the humans' mecha, which would load ammunition ("knuckle-up") by lifting the guns behind them and magnetically attaching the chains. The ammo was loaded in a manner similar to an ammunition backpack.
- Anyone Can Die
- Assimilation Backfire: Agent Smith assimilates The Oracle, which appears to backfire in some way (since she knew he was coming). It backfires because, as she explained to Neo, "We can't see past the choices we don't understand." Smith could see that Neo would die, but not the reason he sacrificed himself. At the end, Neo's assimilation gives Smith a direct link back to the machines, allowing them to purge the rogue AI.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: During the battle of Zion, Captain Mifune is the leader of the APU unit and his APU is one of the last to go down.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Occurs twice in Revolutions - Seraph, Trinity and Morpheus in the Merovingian's club and three APC operators during the Sentinel attack on the Dock.
- Battle in the Rain: Neo and Smith in the end of the movie.
- Bittersweet Ending: Zion has been saved, but the world is still ruined, the dock has been devastated by the thousands of Sentinels and the drill that bored through earlier, Captain Mifune was eventually overwhelmed and killed by the Sentinels, Trinity still died even after Neo tried to save her once before, thus proving the Architect's and Persephone's warnings true, Agent Smith has left Neo's physical body blinded, and Neo dies through sacrifice, leaving the rest of his allies to wonder what happened to him. Worse, the Architect lives on to continue his Affably Evil existence, though the Oracle survives to combat him and ensure the era of peace between man and machine will last.
- Blind Seer: Neo, quite literally. Lampshaded by Bane/Smith.
- Break Them by Talking: Smith certainly tries this during the final battle, but it quickly becomes a sign of his own Villainous Breakdown. Neo ends up refuting his entire nihilistic spiel with just four words.
- Call Back: In the first movie, Smith noted that "Thomas Anderson" helped his landlady carry out her garbage. Neo offers to carry Rama Kandra's luggage for him, as he's looking for a convenient excuse to get on the train with them.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: In the first film, one Smith was very deadly to Neo. In the second film, a hundred Smiths was no match for him. In this one, it's back down to one Smith, who again Neo has difficulty overcoming.
- Creature Hunter Organization: Captian Mifune's Armored Personnel Unit equipped squadron, capable of dual-wielding guns big enough to take down the Sentinels. being the main line of defense due to being specially equipped to fight Sentinels.
- Cue the Sun: At the end, the Oracle and Sati are sitting on a bench in a green park under a stunning sunrise. Which was made by Sati ("for Neo"), showing her to be pretty Genre Savvy where symbolism is concerned.
- Deus ex Machina: A rather self-aware use of the trope is used to resolve the plot at the end. Neo proposes a plan to end the war by traveling to Zero One to offer his help in killing Smith in exchange for peace. The god-like supercomputer who rules the machines—who has never been mentioned before this point—agrees, and forces the Sentinels to break off their attack just as they're about to destroy Zion. The supercomputer's name (according to the end credits)? "Deus ex Machina"—a literal and figurative "God from the Machine".
- Disability Superpower: Near the end Neo is blinded by Bane, a human who has been taken over by Neo's rival Agent Smith. However he still manages to overpower and kill him due to his powers as the One: he can see data and machinery as glowing yellow light. This appears to also include humans who have been possessed by programs. It also happens only in the real world; while in the Matrix, Neo's body still posses normal eyes and vision.
- Dramatic Gun Cock: Trinity does this, even though she's already in the middle of a Mexican Standoff.
- Duel to the Death: Neo and Smith at the end of the movie.
- Eat Me: Done twice. The Oracle and Neo both let Smith assimilate them in order to destroy him.
- Enemy Mine: Smith conquered the Matrix and threatened to take down the Machine City as well, forcing Neo and the Machines to work together to stop him. The Machines established an implicit cease-fire with the rest of the Human forces during this unrest, then stopped all operations against the rebel humans after Smith was beaten.
- Epic Movie: The film goes this route, complete with a journey into the Machine City and a messianic ascension. The chief tune on the soundtrack is titled "Neodammerung", for Neo's sake!
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: "Why, Mister Anderson, why, why do you persist?!"
- Evil Laugh: Agent Smith after absorbing the Oracle, representing the randomness he gains.
- Eye Scream: The fight between Neo and Bane/Smith. When the EMP beam goes awry and cuts a power cable, Smith jams it into Neo's face, effectively melting his eyes.
Neo: I think you better drive.
- Fantastic Racism: Hinted at with a throwaway line from Captain Mifune in the third movie. Apparently, some humans born in Zion have a rather low opinion of "pod-born" humans who grew up in the Matrix, often stereotyping them as weak and unreliable.
- First Time in the Sun: Trinity gets a nice eyeful of sunshine shortly before she dies.
- Gaia's Lament: Subverted at the end, as the Machine City appears hideous by human aesthetic standards, but teeming with (mechanical) life. After all, the Machines weren't the ones who destroyed the Earth...
- Gainax Ending: Arguable, but it is pretty strange.
- Grand Theft Me: Poor Bane. While everybody else that Agent Smith copies himself over is restored after Smith is finally beaten, Bane gets decapitated.
- Groin Attack: Neo to Bane just before knocking his head off.
- The Hero Dies: Both Neo and Trinity.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Neo does this.
- Hollywood Tactics: Much virtual ink has been spilled complaining about the machines' strategy when invading Zion.
Binary: That would mean there's a quarter of a million sentinels up there.
Ajax: It can't be.
Morpheus: Why not? A sentinel for every man, woman or child in Zion. That sounds exactly like the thinking of a machine to me.
- Home Field Advantage: The Trainman is much more powerful than normal in the underground subway area he controls. He's even more powerful than The One (Neo).
You don't get it. I built this place. Down here, I make the rules. Down here, I
make the threats. *punches Neo into a wall* Down here, I'm God
- Immediate Sequel: Adding to the Two-Part Trilogy vibe.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha: Why are there APU's defending the dock? Because they look frekkin Bad Ass obviously!
- Kudzu Plot: Compare the number of characters and plot points introduced in Reloaded to those resolved or even followed up on in Revolutions.
- Kung-Fu Sonic Boom: During the final fight.
- Last Kiss: Trinity asks Neo to kiss her just before her death.
- Last Stand: The Battle of Zion essentially amounts to this, with special mention to Cpt. Mifune's. The scene is even titled "Mifune's Last Stand".
- Little "No": Neo says it after realizing that Bane is in fact Smith!Bane.
- Mechanical Lifeforms: The Reveal at the end of the film that the machines have adapted to normal life on the (destroyed by humans) surface.
- Meteor Move: How Smith weakened Neo enough to defeat him.
- Mexican Standoff: Trinity gets into one with the Merovingian's thugs when she gets tired of listening to his crap.
- Mordor: The Machine City. Neo must make a seemingly-hopeless journey there at the climax of the film.
- More Dakka: The humans attempt this when the machines break into Zion. It doesn't work too well for them unfortunately, largely because the machines simply swarm them with their sheer numbers.
- Neck Snap: Morpheus uses this to kill a mook guarding an elevator.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: When Morpheus and the others return to Zion and activate the EMP inside their ship to disable the Sentinels inside the city, they are at first greeted as heroes. However, Commander Locke is Genre Savvy enough to realize that by doing so, they've also disabled any other feeble defenses the humans had left. And since the Machines have reserve forces, the second wave comes in completely unopposed. It's only due to Neo's Deal with the Devil that stops the Sentinels from wiping out the remaining humans.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If Smith had simply beaten Neo to death he would have won, but he chose to download himself into Neo instead. The symbolism aside (and there's a lot of it), the literal interpretation of what's going on is that Smith doesn't realize Neo is jacked into the Matrix in the machine city, which means he's just connected himself to the Source, so the machines promptly delete him.
- The Nth Doctor: The Oracle is played by a different actress in Revolutions due to her original actress dying before completing her scenes; fortunately the directors were already toying with the idea of her changing "skins".
- Off with His Head!: Neo decapitates Bane-Smith.
- Oh, Crap: Smith as he's finally overcome.
- The Other Darrin: Mary Alice replaces Gloria Foster as the Oracle in Revolutions, as Foster died shortly before filming began. It's explained in-universe with a story about Ramachandra selling her original shell's termination code to the Merovingian in exchange for his daughter's safety.
- Plot Coupon: Subverted when Trinity provokes a Mexican standoff rather than fetch "the eyes of the oracle" in order to save Neo from the Merovingian.
- Point Defenseless: Though the battle looks spectacular, Zion's mecha along with it's central gun tower is almost completely useless against the Zerg Rush employed by the Sentinels after they breach the human city.
- Precision F-Strike:
- Product Placement: There are billboards for Powerade and Samsung during the train station chase with the Trainman, although it makes sense as there are adverts in subway stations. Amusingly, there's also an ad for Tastee Wheat.
- Rage Against the Mentor: Neo and Morpheus at the Oracle's Cryptic Conversation.
- Rescued from Purgatory: Neo by Trinity and Morpheus.
- Robo Romance: Neo comes across a pair of Programs named Rama Kandra and Kamala in Limbo. Despite their artificial nature, they state they love each other and have created a daughter Program they call Sati to raise. Neo is a bit surprised at seeing emotional expressions from an A.I., but Rama Kandra says that "love" is just a concept, not something distinctly human.
- Sealed Room in the Middle of Nowhere: In the opening, Neo is trapped in Mobil Avenue (Mobil being an anagram for Limbo), a shiny, empty underground train station literally in the middle of nowhere.
- Screaming Warrior: Mifune's dialogue once the dock battle actually starts is mostly screaming, except when he yells for a reload.
- Shining City: The Machine City from Neo's (blind) perspective.
- Shouting Shooter: Mifune, during the dock battle and as he gets overwhelmed with sentinels.
- Slow Electricity Inside the Oracle's apartment building, the overhead lights go off, making clunking sounds, as a warning of Agent Smith's approach.
- Something Only They Would Say: Smith in Bane's body reveals himself to Neo by calling him "Mr. Anderson" in his usual mocking tone. However, despite hearing this three times in the span of twenty seconds, Neo thinks Bane is just insane. He figures out the truth just before the fight, when Smith repeats a more recent line "I want what you want." He can't completely accept it until his eyes get burned out, which allows Neo to actually "see" Smith's energy signature.
- Synchronized Swarming: The swarming Sentinels make a hand-like shape. Later, robots form a face and it talks to Neo.
- Take a Third Option: When the Merovingian says he wants the eyes of the Oracle in exchange for Neo, Trinity instead decides to put a gun up to his head, and makes him a counter offer. Either he gives them Neo, or they can all die right here during the Mexican Standoff that ensues. Persephone helps to convince him to take Trinity up on her offer, stating that she's in love and will do anything.
- The World Is Just Awesome: See First Time in the Sun.
- Threat Backfire: "Over my big, dead ass," you say? Works for Seraph.
- Throat Light: Happens briefly to Neo at the end as the machines channel their power through him to destroy the Agents Smith.
- Train Escape: The Trainman does this to escape from Seraph, Trinity and Morpheus.
- The Unchosen One: Neo, after he learns the prophecy was a lie and still continues to fight.
- Unnecessary Combat Roll: Morpheus, Trinity, and Seraph get into a fight with some guys who can bend gravity. Said guys do things like cartwheeling on the ceiling from cover to cover. They die.
- Villainous Breakdown: Agent Smith seems to suffer from it in the final fight. He started out cool and collected if slighty cocky, but as the fight against Neo progressed, you can clearly see that Neo's tenacity slowly started to get to Smith. In his "Why do you persist?!" moment, he pretty much screams out his infamous rant with an enraged look in his eyes. When Neo answers his question ("Because I choose to"), Smith pretty much loses it.
- Walk into Mordor: Neo and Trinity invade the Machine City.
- When the Clock Strikes Twelve: Neo incorrectly says that the Architect told him that Zion would be destroyed by midnight.
- World-Healing Wave: The outcome of Neo's fight with Smith.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Neo gives a rather brief, but effective, one to Smith, when the latter demands to know why Neo persists in fighting him.
Neo: Because I choose to.
- Would Hurt a Child: It is heavily implied that Smith assimilated Sati.
- You Wake Up in a Room: Neo in electronic limbo.