The Matrix Revolutions



Trilogy finale has same heavy violence, weaker script.
  • Review Date: May 3, 2004
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 128 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Humans deserve to be free, and it's worth it to do what you have to do to throw off your oppressors, which in this case are machines. 

Positive role models

The main characters are brave, resilient, resourceful, self-sacrificing, and loyal. The movie is filled with very strong minority and female characters.


Extreme peril and violence, characters killed, some gross effects, lots of blood spurting in fight scenes. Octopus-like mechanical sentinels chase human characters. Bane blinds Neo with a power cable.


Some brief passionate kissing.


Frequent swearing. "S--t," damn," "hell," bulls--t," 'bastard."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that as with the first two Matrix films, The Matrix Revolutions, the final installment of the trilogy, contains a great deal of battle violence between the humans and machines, and lots of pretentious dialogue. Characters are wounded and killed and there are some grisly graphic images, with with lots of blood spurting in fight scenes and Octopus-like mechanical sentinels chasing humans. Characters swear a lot, mostly "s--t."

What's the story?

THE MATRIX RELOADED is the third installment of the Matrix trilogy and focuses on two storylines. First, Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith) has to pilot a ship through some very tricky situations while guys in huge robot things fight off zillions of cool flying octopus-like machines. Meanwhile, Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), on another ship, are heading straight for a city occupied by the machines for a Dorothy-and-the-wizard-in-Emerald City-style confrontation. There's a brief encounter with the Frenchman and Persephone (Monica Belluci) in a nightclub that appears to be occupied with writhing bondage-and-discipline freaks. Neo visits the Oracle (now played by Mary Alice, replacing the late Gloria Foster) in her cozy kitchen and has a strange conversation about love and karma in an antiseptic train station.

Is it any good?


The Matrix Reloaded ended with the rebel forces of Zion preparing for the imminent invasion of the machines. Whatever script problems it had were more than made up for by the spectacular action sequences and the promise of a third chapter that would bring everything together. But that promise has been broken. Revolutions has the weakest script of the three, with pretentious dialogue that provoked laughter from the audience and a muddled structure that removes a lot of narrative tension. Worst of all, it has nothing to compare with the innovative "bullet time" effects of the first film or the sensational highway chase scene and combat between Neo and dozens of Smiths of the second. Instead of taking us to the next level, it all seems like a tired rehash.

The dialogue thuds, a mishmash of barked orders and cardboard heroics. But some of the performers manage to inject some life and dignity. Jada Pinkett Smith is The Matrix's Han Solo, a charming rogue who can pilot a ship better than anyone else. Nona Gaye (Zee) makes her brief time onscreen memorable as a woman who overcomes her fear to give everything she has to the revolution. Though Mary Alice does her best, she cannot replace Foster, whose Oracle was the anchor of the other two movies. Hugo Weaving remains superb as Agent Smith. But it takes too long to get to the big final confrontation between Neo and Smith and the fight is not worth the wait. The scariest moment in the movie is when it intimates that there might yet be another episode.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the character names, a veritable encyclopedia of mythological references. Have you heard the stories of Morpheus and Persephone?

  • How do you think The Matirx Revolutions compares with the first two installments in the series?

  • What do the discussions of balance and choice mean? Of love and karma? Who is the Oracle? Who is the Architect? What is the train?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 5, 2003
DVD release date:April 5, 2004
Cast:Carrie-Anne Moss, Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne
Directors:Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Sports and martial arts, Adventures, Friendship, Misfits and underdogs, Robots, Science and nature, Space and aliens
Run time:128 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sci-fi violence and brief sexual content

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Adult Written bysimone April 9, 2008

extremely entertaining but in a whole, relatively weak

The Matrix Revolutions is very entertaining while watching in the theater, mostly because of an amazing use of technology and the development of some characters (noteably Niobe), and because the tremendous amount of violent action adds to the rush of being in the theater. However, its plot and dialogue were ultimately unsatisfying. After the excitement of the first Matrix, its many vitues, which included complexity and simplicity molded into one amazing plot, and its unforgettable characters, were hard to beat. Revolutions finally finishes with a bitter-sweet end that leaves you missing the first film of this declining trilogy.
Adult Written bygavin m. jackson April 9, 2008

The Matrix Trilogy Goes Out With A Bang

Matrix Revolutions is the best possible conclusion to the Matrix trilogy. It pulls no fast ones, and leaves viewers with a resolution, but still unrest. This is one of the few movies, such as Phsyco minus the end phsyciatrist and SIgns, that keeps building tension through the end of the film. Most of our questions are answered, and the characters stay true to their motives. The fight for Zion is the scariest scene in film this year. The tension and anticipation for smith/neo oracle/architect and zion/machines battles created during the first two films and Reloaded especially makes the action scenes in this movie so effective. Matrix could not stay true to its science fiction roots and be an action film. But Reloaded and Revolutions strike the balance perfectly with their video game dialogue and epic scenes that fill viewers with wonder. The Matrix is a trilogy with three masterpieces. Revolutions does not pale in comparison with its predecessors.
Teen, 16 years old Written bymoviebuff121 December 16, 2012

Awesome and fun

Bare Breasts are shown for like 2 seconds. Violence and language.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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