Wednesday, November 12 2003 @ 05:11 PM PST

Contributed by: matt

I 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.