(2003) dir. Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
viewed: 11/23/03 at Loews Theatre at the Metreon, SF, CA
These Matrix films are so condescendingly pompous in their arch-coolness, so much so that it really belies this facade of humanism and love that is so roundly posed as the soul of the films. The multiracial cast is utterly lacking in true personality, espousing virtues and “deep thoughts” and faux-philosophy while really only existing as trite caricatures, sketched out by their fashionable wardrobe and trite dialogue.
The dialogue. It’s really so bad at times, that it’s laugh-out-loud funny. When one of the characters, who is supposed to be “a program” says something like, “Did you not know that programs can love too?”, I knew, only minutes into this feature, that it would really give the second film a run for its money in terms of pure badness.
I seriously think that these films will become cult classics more for their pretention than for their qualities. Or at least that they should be.
That said, some of the action sequences were fairly fun…or at least dialogue-free…maybe that’s why they seemed less obtrusively embarrising.
Though the Wachowskis leave the door open for further installments with their ending, let’s hope this is truly the last of this series. For whatever worth the original The Matrix (1999) still has, its impact has certainly been lessened by these films, proving that whatever mystery there was behind the initial film was simply hollow, empty nothingness.