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The Syndicate

 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, November 12 2003 @ 05:11 PM PST
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MoviesI went to see The Matrix Revolutions last night.

On my way out of the theater, I popped into the local men's room where I had a mental image:
CYPHER: I know what you're thinking, 'cause right now I'm thinking the same thing. Actually, I've been thinking it ever since I got here: Why oh why did I get the LARGE coke?

It was probably funnier in my head.

Bathroom experiences aside...

I had heard a lot of bad press about this film long before I set foot in the theater, and I'd like to say that, while it wasn't as good as the original, it's neither fair nor accurate to classify this as a bad movie.

(hilight the text to read potential spoilers*)

Why is it that the majority of people seem to think that it is their God-given right to have a nice tidy ending? Life is messy, and movies are supposed to, at some level, depict life. If you want happy endings, go watch Disney.

At the end of this film, there are a few obvious questions left unanswered:

How long will the peace last?

Is Neo alive?

Will there be another movie?

Here are my somewhat cynical answers:

At least two years (see below)

This is a guess, but yes... and no. The biblical parallels are fairly straightforward, so I think he'll probably continue to transcend boundaries in a not strictly dead or alive state.

Yeah, probably. This particular horse isn't nearly dead yet, and thus the Hollywood types think it needs to be strenuously flogged.

There are some other questions that I think are far more intriguing that I'd like to see answered:

How is it that Sati has the ability to control the weather and astrophysics within the Matrix (to create the cool sunset.. or was it a sunrise)? What was her non-useful purpose that caused her to be slated for deletion? Will it remain non-useful in the newly structured peace arrangement? Is this why the Oracle has taken guardianship of her?

What effects has Neo's ascension had on the general populace within the Matrix? We haven't heard much about that since the end of the first movie.

Are there provisions in the peace agreement for programs who wish to enter the matrix? If so, it could create a means of cross pollination of the populace (as bizarre as the ramifications of that may be), and it could create a situation where Merovingian stands to lose a lot of his power, perhaps leading to his rise to arch-villain status (since Smith seems to be out of the picture... again.)

One of the things that made the first movie great is that the two sides were effectively in a cold war. Neither had the means to destroy the other (though the machines certainly had the advantage), so they spent the whole movie dodging and weaving and sneaking around.

Going from an all-out war to peacetime doesn't really remove the underlying conflict - that humans are being used as batteries. Do the people of Zion go back to guerilla tactics of some sort?

What about the implications of the conversation between the Oracle and the Architect? It seems that their agreement is that anyone who wants to will get out, but isn't that reason enough for Neo to arrive back on scene picking up where he left off in that first superman run, and figure out a way to convince just about everyone that they want out?

What happens then?

To me, these are the juicy questions.

Anyway, I wouldn't mind if that was it for the series. Not because I wouldn't like to see more, but if there's going to be an end in the near future, I'm fine with that being it.

* Ironically, I wrote a handy JavaScript widget for Stacey that I can't figure out how to get my site to use. So much for easy extensibility.

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  • Revolutions - the future
    Authored by: She on Wednesday, November 19 2003 @ 11:09 AM PST
    Books. Comics. Cartoons. An entire merchandise extravaganza (think Space Balls) is destined (pre-ordained?) to descend on the local mall just in time for Christmas, and I don't mean just this Christmas! All your questions will be answered, but personally I think the answers won't be in the form of movies. At most, I fear a SciFi channel movie sometime in the our future that is set many years post-Neo (perhaps all the people of Zion await a second coming?).

    If you haven't already seen this, check out:

    The truth is out there. (As are several doctoral dissertations written by philosophy majors with very easy going faculty advisors.)

    re Sati: Perhaps I mis-heard something, but I understood that she was receiving her special purpose from either the Frenchman or the Train Man (don't remember which was stated), and that purpose allowed her to enter the Matrix. The final scene was our way of learning the purpose she was given: Making beautiful Sunrises.
    Revolutions - the future
    Authored by: Aurora on Friday, November 21 2003 @ 11:56 PM PST
    Yeah, I saw Revolutions the other day and I also walked out with many questions. Heh, and unfortunately SciFi will probably rope me into watching whatever spin off they air.
    Revolutions - the future
    Authored by: matt on Saturday, November 22 2003 @ 08:08 PM PST
    The problem with Sati's purpose being solely to create sunsets is that from a systems point of view, the ability to do so implies manipulative power on a huge array of environmental elements.

    Having an ally with the ability to define the environment, even if it's only the atmospheric effects, could be hugely useful in a cold war scenario.

    I have an ethical problem with the whole genre of fan fiction, but maybe the Wachowski brothers should bring me in to do some storyboarding. Anyone got their number?