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The Matrix Revolutions (R)
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Caution: potential spoilers.

This is the third film in the Matrix franchise (or the fourth, if you count "The Animatrix"). It was released in 2003, several months after "The Matrix Reloaded", but I first saw it in 2021, when the fourth movie was in theaters. That was several months after I watched "Reloaded", by which time I didn't remember many details of that movie. But this one is a direct sequel to the second movie, picking up shortly after it ended. Neo is now stuck in a subway "train station" that is between the real world and the Matrix. He meets a couple and their daughter, Sati. The three of them are all programs, and Sati is the most important one to the story, because she's the only one we see again later. But I don't think she actually contributed to the plot in any way, so I'm not sure why she or her parents were even included, except for the father to provide Neo with some exposition. Meanwhile, Morpheus and Trinity want to find Neo, which they do with some help from the Merovingian.

We don't actually see that much of the Matrix in this movie; most of it's set in the real world. The machines are getting closer to Zion, where the military is preparing for a last ditch defense. (And there's some pretty cool weaponry action when the machines finally do get there.) Meanwhile, Neo wakes up on a ship called the Hammer. And the crew finds Niobe's ship, the Logos, which Neo and Trinity take to the machines' city to do... something. The Hammer returns to Zion, piloted by Niobe. Anyway, lots of stuff happens that I don't want to spoil, but ultimately Neo makes a deal with the machines, to plug him into the Matrix so he can fight Smith, who has completely taken over there, and apparently will be coming to take over the real world at some point, which the machines don't want. If Neo is successful, the machines will leave Zion in peace. And... I guess that's all I want to say about the plot.

For the early part of the movie I was mostly just bored, but it got more interesting once we see the humans fighting the machines. And I thought the way it all ends was fairly interesting. But it's still my least favorite of the three movies. (It did pretty poorly with critics, and I can understand that, but I think I liked it more than most of them did.)

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