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"THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS"
(2003) (Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Minor Heavy Extreme Moderate Extreme
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate None Extreme None Moderate
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
*Moderate Minor None Moderate Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Sci-fi: Various human freedom fighters prepare to make one last stand against their former, machine-based oppressors while their leader contends with an increasingly powerful and dangerous agent who's escaped the Matrix with the intent of killing him.
PLOT:
In a world where machines derive their power from unconscious human slaves who exist in a fabricated reality that seems normal to them, a rebellious set of escaped humans are preparing to make one last stand against the machines and their robotic sentinels.

Various members of the group, including Morpheus (LAURENCE FISHBURNE) and Trinity (CARRIE-ANNE MOSS), want to know how their chosen leader, Neo (KEANU REEVES), managed to enter the fabricated Matrix without being directly plugged into it. At the same time, they're wary of Bane (IAN BLISS), a crewmember who ended up simultaneously unconscious with Neo.

Looking for answers, Morpheus and Trinity meet with the all-knowing Oracle (MARY ALICE) who sends them, along with her bodyguard, Seraph (COLLIN CHOU), to find Neo's imagined self who's trapped in a purgatory of sorts where the Trainman (BRUCE SPENCE) won't let him reenter the Matrix. It turns out the powerful Merovingian (LAMBERT WILSON) has cast Neo there for all eternity.

The others end up freeing him, however, and soon prepare for the pending onslaught of robotic sentinels. As Captain Mifune (NATHANIEL LEES) prepares the ground forces that include Zee (NONA GAYE), The Kid (CLAYTON WATSON) and many others, and Morpheus, his former lover, Niobe (JADA PINKETT SMITH), Trinity and Link (HAROLD PERRINEAU) take to the air, Neo sets out to uncover the secrets behind the Matrix.

While doing so, he must also contend with Agent Smith (HUGO WEAVING), the anthropomorphic physical representation of the machine world who has similarly managed to escape the Matrix, wants his revenge on "The One," and is growing more powerful every day.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of the first two installments of the "Matrix" trilogy, it's a good bet they will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For sci-fi violence and brief sexual content.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • KEANU REEVES plays the chosen one who sets out to discover the final secrets of the Matrix and save the people of Zion by defeating the machines and Agent Smith. He fights many characters and briefly uses some profanity.
  • LAURENCE FISHBURNE plays his former mentor who similarly sets out to save humanity by battling the machines.
  • CARRIE-ANNE MOSS plays Neo's lover who has the same modus operandi and uses some profanity.
  • HAROLD PERRINEAU plays a crewmember who assists them.
  • HUGO WEAVING plays a former virtual agent who's broken free of the Matrix and is replicating himself in an effort to get his revenge on Neo.
  • LAMBERT WILSON plays a French criminal who's tried to place Neo in a purgatory of sorts.
  • JADA PINKETT SMITH plays a pilot who assists the rebellion and battle against the machines.
  • MARY ALICE plays the Oracle whose nebulous presence and clues aren't necessarily to be trusted. She smokes several times.
  • NONA GAYE plays Link's significant other who shows bravery in battling the machines.
  • COLLIN CHOU plays the Oracle's martial-arts proficient right-hand man.
  • NATHANIEL LEES plays the leader of the ground-based resistance forces against the machines. He uses some profanity.
  • BRUCE SPENCE plays the Trainman who rules a purgatory of sorts from which he doesn't want Neo to leave.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    (Note: The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below).


    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this sci-fi film that's been rated R. Profanity consists of at least 12 "s" words, while other expletives are present. Some scantily clad characters are briefly seen (including in what looks like a gay and/or S&M type club), including a woman briefly seen twisting another woman's nipple on her bare breast.

    Violence consists of various scenes where a great deal of fighting (some of it with rather harsh/brutal blows) and gun battles (with injuries and deaths) take place. Other deaths occur from other means (including a non-realistic visualized view of a decapitation). A great deal of property damage and destruction of robotic sentinels occurs.

    Those scenes and others may be tense or suspenseful to some viewers, while some of them have bloody results (some of which are rather graphic) and some of the fighting and stunts might be enticing for some kids to imitate. Various characters have bad attitudes, one smokes a few times and one drinks in a restaurant.

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those concerned with bright flashes of light on the screen, some full strobe effects occur during a fight scene, while lighting late in the film provides similar effects.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Merovingian has a drink.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • We see some days-old cuts on Bane's arm and there are questions about whether they're self-inflicted.
  • Trinity shoots into one guard (with blood spurting out from exit wounds in his clothed back).
  • Smith grabs the Oracle's arm and causes what looks like black electronic "blood" to creep over her body.
  • A woman tries to stab a man with a needle, but he grabs her arm and stabs her with a small blade (that we then see sticking out of her clothed chest with a little blood around it).
  • Smith spits out some blood.
  • Following a fight, Smith's face is very bloody and Neo has bad burn marks around his face and eyes.
  • Zee and another woman with her have some bloody cuts on their faces.
  • The squid-like mechanical sentinels thrust their "tentacles" down at Zee and her partner through an overhead opening, eventually hitting the partner in the leg (with bloody results).
  • Some miscellaneous people have blood on them.
  • We see brief glimpses of sentinel tentacles slicing a man's face (with bloody results) and then a shot of his bloody face afterwards with some deep cuts in it.
  • A malfunction causes bullets to fire inside a ship, hitting and bloodying some people there.
  • A person's face has some bloody scrapes and we then see metal rods sticking from their body with blood near the exit wounds.
  • Smith jabs his hand into another person's chest, sending the black electronic "blood" all over his body.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Agent Smith is determined to kill Neo, while Merovingian and the Trainman want to leave him stuck in a purgatory of sorts.
  • Various mechanized sentinels (robotic squid-like machines) want to wipe out the humans.
  • A few resistance fighters have bad attitudes toward their comrades during moments of stress.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" might also be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers.
  • Seraph tries to escort a young girl out of a building, but the elevator won't work and the lights in the hallway go out. He then spots various Agent Smiths approaching them and tries to hide.
  • The squid-like mechanical sentinels chase after Zee and her partner. They then do this again in another scene where they send their "tentacles" down at them through an overhead opening, eventually hitting the partner in the leg (with bloody results) and then again (presumably killing her).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns/Machine guns/Rockets/Knife/Explosives: Used to threaten, wound or kill other characters or cause property damage. See "Violence" for details.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Holy sh*t," "I don't have time for this sh*t," "Put that sh*t away," "What the sh*t is going on out here?" "Bullsh*t," "Sh*t yeah," "Sh*t-ful," "The big bupkiss," "Make up your own damn mind," "Get the hell away from me," "Big dead ass," "What the hell is happening to me?" "You are a bastard," "Sneaky bastards," "Who the hell are you?" "Pencil-neck," "What the hell is going on in there?" "You're out of your G*ddamn mind," "This is asinine," "G*ddamn waste," "About damn time," "Bitch," "We give 'em hell before we go," "Holy Christ," "Fat ass" and "Totally out of his G*ddamn mind."
  • A miscellaneous character has tattoos.
  • A character runs and jumps across the path of a moving train.
  • All of the fighting and stunts might be enticing for some kids to try to imitate.
  • We briefly see a great deal of people in what looks like an S&M (or similar) type club (some are presented as presumably gay males, some are wearing scanty leather outfits and others have multiple facial piercings).
  • Zee has some tattoos on her arms.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of suspenseful, ominous and action-oriented music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 12 "s" words, 7 damns, 7 hells, 2 asses, 12 uses of "G-damn," 3 of "Oh my God," 2 of "Christ" and 1 use each of "For Christ's sakes" and "Jesus H. Christ."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • A woman going into a restaurant wears a short and tight skirt that shows just the bottom of her butt.
  • We briefly see a great deal of people in what looks like an S&M (or similar) type club (some are presented as presumably gay males, some are wearing scanty leather outfits and others have multiple facial piercings). One woman is briefly seen twisting another woman's nipple on her bare breast.
  • A woman shows a great deal of cleavage.
  • Neo and Trinity do some brief, passionate kissing.
  • Zee shows some cleavage.
  • SMOKING
  • The Oracle smokes around 3 times.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • None.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • What constitutes reality.
  • The concept of whether we control machinery or it controls us.
  • Cause and effect.
  • Fighting for freedom.
  • VIOLENCE
  • The Trainman pulls a gun, Morpheus, Trinity and Seraph chase after him, and he then opens fire on them, causing them to take cover behind pillars that are blasted by gunfire.
  • The Trainman punches Neo quite hard, sending him flying back through the air and quite hard into a wall.
  • A bodyguard holds his gun on Seraph as others gather around him, Morpheus, and Trinity. A brief burst of fighting follows with hitting, kicking, a neck being snapped and Trinity shooting into one guard (with blood spurting out from exit wounds in his clothed back).
  • A big and stylistically shot and choreographed gun battle breaks out between various goons and the trio of Seraph, Morpheus and Trinity, with most of the goons being shot and presumably killed (no blood) and Trinity kicking one once and then again back into a wall quite hard.
  • Trinity tires of Merovingian's demands and hits and kicks his various goons. That eventually ends with everyone holding guns on everyone else, including Trinity having hers pressed against Merovingian's forehead.
  • Agent Smith throws a plate of cookies into a wall.
  • A woman tries to stab a man with a needle, but he grabs her arm and stabs her with a small blade (that we then see sticking out of her clothed chest with a little blood around it).
  • Agent Smith (in another person's body) grabs Trinity and holds a knife to her throat. She then slams her head backwards into his face, smashes a portable light into his face and tries to run away. He grabs her foot and she repeatedly kicks him in the face, bloodying it quite a bit. He then grabs and slams her into a wall and then has a knife to her throat again when Neo shows up. He then throws Trinity (who's bound) down a hatch hole and fights with Neo over a gun. Smith hits Neo in the gut and holds a gun on him but the two then struggle over the gun that fires some sort of electrical beam that causes property damage inside a ship. During this, they punch, hit and smash each other around. Neo begins to pummel Smith's face with punches until Smith grabs a large electrical cable and fries part of Neo's face, blinding him. Smith then tries to hit Neo with a rod of some sort, but Neo ducks, grabs Smith's arm and breaks it (we hear the sound). He then sees a "fiery" image of Smith (using other senses since he's now blind) and we see him hit Smith with a pole, decapitating him (in that fiery image).
  • A huge robotic drill drills through the curved dome roof of Zion and then falls through it, smashing into and crushing what's below it (causing a lot of property damage). Men in robotic suits then blast machine gun fire at the squid-like mechanical sentinels that come pouring through the hole like a huge swarm of bees. Rockets are then fired at huge robotic structures, but the sentinels intercept and destroy the rockets.
  • People are apparently crushed by huge chucks of falling debris (we don't see the immediate impact or results).
  • The squid-like mechanical sentinels chase after Zee and her partner. They then do this again in another scene where they send their "tentacles" down at them through an overhead opening, eventually hitting the partner in the leg (with bloody results) and then again (presumably killing her).
  • Lots of property damage and presumed deaths occur during a massive battle scene.
  • Squid-like mechanical sentinels attack flying ships and are blasted by "anti-aircraft" fire as they approach.
  • Squid-like mechanical sentinels hit or grab people with their "tentacles."
  • We see brief glimpses of sentinel tentacles slicing a man's face (with bloody results) and then a shot of his bloody face afterwards with some deep cuts in it.
  • A malfunction causes bullets to fire inside a ship, hitting and bloodying some people there.
  • A large ship partially crashes through a partially opened gate (causing property damage).
  • As more sentinels approach the humans, the latter set off massive explosions to seal the path toward them.
  • Neo uses his mind to cause many sentinels to explode. More however, attack his and Trinity's ship.
  • A ship crashes into a large structure, causing property damage and resulting in the death of one person (we see metal rods sticking out of their body from the crash).
  • More property damage occurs as a gargantuan drill-like device crashes down onto items below it.
  • Neo and Agent Smith get into a long battle where each hits, pummels or otherwise strikes the other, often with incredibly harsh blows that send them flying back through the air and cause varying amounts of property damage. The two also fly at and slam into each other, causing massive shock waves from the collision. They also smash down the side of a building and gouge out a large chunk of the street. Neo then punches Smith (in slow motion) with a severe blow to the face and then knocks him back through a rocky formation.
  • Smith jabs his hand into another person's chest, sending the black electronic "blood" all over his body.
  • Various version of Smith convulse, splinter open (with light coming from the cracks) and then explode into nothingness (with no blood or gore).



  • Reviewed November 3, 2003 / Posted November 5, 2003

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