Ash’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Why, Mr. Anderson? Why, why, why? Why do you do it? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you're fighting for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. Temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose. And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson. You must know it by now. You can't win. It's pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? Why do you persist?”
“Because I choose to.”
What begins is meant to end and what ends is meant to begin once again. As one chapter of a cyclical story ends, another chapter begins; a coda to a tireless war between organic and artificial, tied into a fearlessly conflicted world that amalgamates one into another, a blend of bilateral affairs meant to be prolonged in its forceful and reciprocal nature.
How I once disliked The Matrix trilogy, I will never quite know or understand, but now that I’ve finished what I started earlier this year in January - in finishing my full rewatch of the trilogy, by finally rewatching the two sequels today - I can successfully say I’m a fan of what the Wachowski’s do with it. Bathed in CGI, but it’s quite evident how helpful and creatively imaginative visual effects can be when placed with the right director, especially when it comes to action and directors who know how to assemble an action scene, not relying or depending on visual effects to compose the fight, but rather their own technical vision of the action.
A hyper-stylised techno-blast vision, if I could label it as anything, as operatic and biblical as one would expect in a story that revolves around a so-called messiah and his fateful purpose in saving humans by ending their war with the machines. Revolutions might just be my favourite of the trilogy, particularly because of Neo’s final fight with Agent Smith, a true execution of action done well, and with purpose behind it, so as to fulfil Neo’s journey in embodying the importance and prevalence of choice in his journey’s kismet.
I personally cannot wait for our first look at The Matrix Resurrections. If anything, Lana Wachowski is about to deliver another brilliant vision, especially with that top-tier cast and what we’ve heard about it so far.