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Thursday, November 27, 2003

Hey, long time, no post.

I've been busy these past few months, what with being hired full-time by my mystery employers and spending many of my waking hours learning just how to do my job. I'm not too sure that I've actually worked my way up to having an actual inkling about how to do it, but I'm fairly sure that I might have a glimmer of a hint of a clue sometime soon. Which will be nice.

I have seen movies as well, naturally.

"The Matrix Revolutions" seems to have divided a lot of you. And that's fair enough. A lot of people seemed pissed-off by the lack of answers provided by The Brothers Wachowski - I suspect that many amongst you may well feel that they didn't quite have the all-seeing, all-knowing grasp over the world of Zion that has been professed and that the Wachowski's well-documented enigmatic is but a mask disguising a pair of Neo-come-lately charlatans pulling plot developments straight out of their not inconsiderable bottoms. These folks are, but of course, entitled to their opinions.

For my part, I enjoyed the movie. A heck of a lot, in fact. But I would have to agree with my lovely, talented and beautiful wife, the Righteously Enigmatic K., that "...Revolutions" doesn't always feel like another entry in the series. I don't know exactly what it does feel like, but it doesn't feel terribly like another kung fu-mungous epistle from the Last Free City.

The effects are still good, sometimes fantastic and are often fine enough to slip by you entirely - there's a bit of digital doubling in the opening Club Hell gunfight-on-the-ceiling which was fairly bloody nifty and nigh-on seamless.

The action doesn't exactly have a tendency to batter you into submission by being excessive and instead arrives just when you start shifting in your seat a bit, and begin wondering if this second sequel is going to consist largely of cool, non-sequitur homages to the likes of "Tetsuo" and memorable splash-panels/individual frames from Larry and Andy's favourite Manga series.

Y'know, stuff designed to appeal to the brothers themselves and maybe 5% of the larger, paying audience for this film.

Is this the problem at hand, perhaps? The Wachowskis may just have succeeded in securing the best part of $300 million from their hapless studio of choice and shortly thereafter set out to make a profoundly geeky, oddly personal and ultimately unashamedly culty trilogy that somehow managed to fluke its way into prominence in a way that Alex Proyas' slightly similar "Dark City" never quite did.

Is "The Matrix Revolutions" a wee bit pretentious? Sure it is, probably maddeningly so to most, but, for once, I hardly think that this a bad thing. One person's provocative act of smart alec pretension is another's life-redefining work of art and thought, after all, and might well be described as a flick which encourages discussions and diversions, and philosophical flights of fancy which carry on and resonate long after the movie ends.

It's a kung-fu/SF actioner to most, but to me it's something more. It's a bunch of riddles which beget yet more enigmas which in turn produce a new bunch of ideas to puzzle over. It's a movie series that I'll be going back to again and again in an effort to try and decode The Great Meaning Of It All. Not everybody will do that or even countenance the point of doing so. That's fine. I just enjoy the idea of feeling the resonances and breaking the codes that the Wachowski's have woven through what is surely their magnum opus.

I didn't have the same reaction to "2 Fast 2 Furious", you'll be surprised to learn...





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