Entertainment Weekly (US), August 2003
The Matrix Revolutions
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith
Written and Directed by: The Wachowski Brothers
The Killer Moment: "In all the Matrix films, there's always like eight of them", quips Reeves
"Neo and Trinity get married."
Keanu Reeves is joking.
Come to think if, maybe he's not. Following Matrix publicity protocol, the star really isn't yapping much about the third and final (we think) installment of the sci-fi series.
Still, he has a few general tips. "There's a battle between Zion and the machines", he says "And the relationship between Agent Smith and Neo is resolved. And some questions of the journey of Neo as The One are answered. And lots of surprises." One of which, we're guessing, is a much-talked-about, 14-minute, low-altitude helicopter chase.
Most of our favorite characters are also back, including cyber-sexpot Monica Bellucci as Persephone and Jada Pinkett Smith, whose Niobe continue to lead the rebellion against those oppressive scraps of metal.
"I'm more involved in the story", says Pinkett Smith. "I help save the day, and you see my love story with Laurence resolved". Still, she adds, "I don't think anybody gets married.".
But let's go back and talk about Reloaded for a minute. The movie will gross $280 million domestically, but critics generally weren't pleased, and as things played out, summertime audiences cared more about a talking fish than ass-kicking computer viruses. "The second movie is always the toughest one in a trilogy," says series executive producer Bruce Berman, who is confident that viewers will flock to the third installment.
They'd better. Warner Bros. And Berman's Village Roadshow took a risk when they shot both Matrix sequels simultaneously over 18 months in California and Australia - a great plan if interest builds in the series (see The Lord of the Rings), but potentially deadly if people decide they've just had enough (Back to the Future). (OI WHAT. BACK TO THE FUTURE IS AWESOME! YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH BACK TO THE FUTURE. WHO ARE THESE MORONS WHO SAID THEY HAD ENOUGH? - Anakin McFly)
Also complicating things is the continued silence of the Wachowski Brothers, who don't do any press. Why would they want to give answers to something that's about searching for yourself?" says Reeves.
He's got a point, but the shroud of mystery surrounding the writer-directors got a little tattered earlier this year when older sibling Larry showed up to Reloaded's A.A. premiere dressed kinda funny with a supposed dominatrix on his arm. "Did that happen?" Reeves asks seriously. "I don't remember that." So he's the one.
What's At Stake
The Wachowskis' futures. Their reputation as Hollywood's most innovative filmmakers may depend on whether they can reload the wow factor they had with the First Matrix (Nov.5).