The Matrix Revolutions

The Matrix Revolutions is a 2003 science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers. It was the third installment of The Matrix trilogy, released six months following The Matrix Reloaded. The film was released simultaneously in 60 countries on November 5, 2003. While it is the final film in the series, the Matrix storyline is continued in The Matrix Online. It was the first live-action feature film to be released in both regular and IMAX theaters at the same time.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byThe Wachowski Brothers
Produced byJoel Silver
Written byThe Wachowski Brothers
Based onCharacters
by The Wachowski Brothers
Music byDon Davis
CinematographyBill Pope
Edited byZach Staenberg
Distributed by
Release date
Running time
129 minutes[2]
Budget$110-150 million[5][6]
Box office$427.3 million[6]


Neo and Bane lie unconscious in the medical bay of the ship Hammer. Meanwhile, Neo finds his digital self trapped in a virtual subway station – named, "Mobil Ave", "mobil", being an anagram for "limbo" – a transition zone between the Matrix and the Machine City. In that subway station, he meets a "family" of programs, including a girl named Sati, whose father tells Neo the subway is controlled by the Trainman, an exiled program loyal to the Merovingian. When Neo tries to board a train with the family, the Trainman refuses and overpowers him.

Seraph contacts Morpheus and Trinity on behalf of the Oracle, who informs them of Neo's confinement. Seraph, Morpheus and Trinity enter Club Hel, where they confront the Merovingian and force him to release Neo. Troubled by visions of the Machine City, Neo visits the Oracle, who reveals that Smith intends to destroy both the Matrix and the real world. She states that "everything that has a beginning has an end", and that the war will conclude. After Neo leaves, a large group of Smiths assimilates Sati, Seraph and the unresisting Oracle, gaining her powers of precognition.

In the real world, the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar and the Hammer find and reactivate Niobe's ship, the Logos. They interrogate Bane, who says that he has no recollection of the earlier massacre. As the captains plan their defense of Zion, Neo requests a ship to travel to the Machine City. Motivated by her encounter with the Oracle, Niobe offers him the Logos. Neo departs, accompanied by Trinity. Bane, who has stowed away on the Logos, takes Trinity hostage. Neo realizes that Bane has been assimilated by Smith and a fight ensues. Bane cauterizes Neo's eyes with a power cable, blinding him; however, Neo discovers an ability to perceive the world as golden light. Neo kills Bane, and Trinity pilots them to the Machine City.

Niobe and Morpheus set out for Zion with the Hammer to aid the human defenses against the Sentinels. In Zion, the fatally wounded Captain Mifune instructs Kid to open the gate for the Hammer. When it arrives, it discharges its EMP, disabling the Sentinels but also the remaining defenses. The humans are forced to retreat and wait for the next attack, thinking that it will be their last stand. Near the Machine City, Neo and Trinity are greeted by thousands of missiles which Neo attempts to destroy, but is overwhelmed by their numbers. The Logos is attacked by the Sentinels forcing them to fly above the missiles for a few seconds. They breach the cloud layer and see Earth's real sky, to which Trinity whispers the word "Beautiful". Upon descent, they lose control causing them to crash the Logos into the Machine City. The crash kills Trinity. Neo enters the Machine City and encounters "Deus Ex Machina", the machine leader. Neo, warning that Smith plans to conquer both the Matrix and the real world, offers to stop Smith in exchange for peace with Zion. The machine leader agrees, and the Sentinels stop attacking Zion.

The Machines provide a connection for Neo to enter the Matrix. Inside, the Smith with the Oracle's powers steps forth, saying that he has foreseen his victory against Neo. After a protracted battle, Neo – finding himself unable to defeat Smith – allows himself to be assimilated. The machine leader sends a surge of energy into Neo's body in the real world. Because Neo is connected to the Source, the energy surge causes the Neo-Smith clone and all other Smith clones in the Matrix to be destroyed; deleting Smith once and for all, though Neo's life is sacrificed in the process. The Sentinels withdraw from Zion, Morpheus and Niobe embrace, and Neo's body is carried away by the machines. The Matrix is rebooted, and the Architect encounters the Oracle in a park. They agree that the peace will last "as long as it can", and that all humans will be offered the opportunity to leave the Matrix. When questioned about Neo's fate, the Oracle tells Sati that she thinks they will see Neo again as Sati reveals she created a beautiful sunrise over the horizon in Neo's honor. Seraph asks the Oracle if she knew this would happen; she replies that she did not know, but she believed.


Actress Gloria Foster, who played the Oracle in the first and second films, died before the completion of her filming for the third.[7] She was replaced by actress Mary Alice. Her changed appearance is addressed in the film's plot.[8]


Warner Bros Studios, Statues from Matrix
Warner Bros Studios, Statues from the Matrix

Filming occurred concurrently with its predecessor, The Matrix Reloaded, and live-action sequences for the video game Enter the Matrix. This took place primarily at Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia. Most notably, the subway scenes were filmed at the disused tunnels of St James railway station, and the end sequence with the Oracle and the Architect was filmed in the Royal Botanic Garden.[9][10] Carrie-Anne Moss broke her leg during the shooting in Australia.[11]

Sound design

Sound editing on The Matrix trilogy was completed by Danetracks in West Hollywood, California.


In contrast to its predecessors, very few "source" tracks are used in the film. Aside from Don Davis' score, again collaborating with Juno Reactor, only one external track (by Pale 3) is used. Although Davis rarely focuses on strong melodies, familiar leitmotifs from earlier in the series reappear. For example, Neo and Trinity's love theme—which briefly surfaces in the two preceding films—is finally fully expanded into "Trinity Definitely"; the theme from the Zion docks in Reloaded returns as "Men in Metal", and the energetic drumming from the Reloaded tea house fight between Neo and Seraph opens "Tetsujin", as Seraph, Trinity and Morpheus fight off Club Hel's three doormen. The climactic battle theme, named "Neodämmerung" (in reference to Wagner's Götterdämmerung), features a choir singing extracts (shlokas) from the Pavamana Mantra, introduced in the Upanishads. The chorus can be roughly translated from Sanskrit as follows: "lead us from untruth to truth, lead us from darkness to light, lead us from death to immortality, peace peace peace". The extracts were brought to Davis by the Wachowskis when he informed them that it would be wasteful for such a large choir to be singing simple "ooh"s and "aah"s (according to the DVD commentary, Davis felt that the dramatic impact of the piece would be lost if the choir was to sing 'This is the one, see what he can do' in plain English). These extracts return in the film's denouement, and in Navras, the track that plays over the closing credits (which may be considered a loose remix of "Neodämmerung").


Box office

The film's budget was estimated between US$110 million[5] and $150 million.[6] It grossed over $139 million in North America and approximately $427 million worldwide,[6] roughly half of The Matrix Reloaded box-office total. In its first five days of release, it grossed $83.8 million,[12] but dropped 66% during the second week.[12]

Home media

The Matrix Revolutions was released on DVD and VHS on April 6, 2004. The film grossed $116 million in DVD sales. Additionally, it was released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray on October 30, 2018.[13]

Critical reception

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film received an approval rating of 36% based on 214 reviews, with an average rating of 5.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A disappointing conclusion to the Matrix trilogy as characters and ideas take a back seat to the special effects."[14] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 47 out of 100 based on 41 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[15] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade B.[16]

Some critics criticized the film for being anticlimactic.[17][18] Additionally, some critics regard the film as less philosophically ambiguous than its predecessor, The Matrix Reloaded.[19][20] Critics had difficulty finding closure pertaining to events from The Matrix Reloaded, and were generally dissatisfied.[21][22]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three stars out of four, despite offering criticisms of his own, on the grounds that it at least provided closure to the story well enough so that fans following the series would prefer seeing it as to not.[23]


While making the Matrix films, the Wachowskis told their close collaborators they had no intention of making another one after The Matrix Revolutions.[24][25][26][27] Instead, they gave their blessing to the notion of gamers "inherit[ing] the storyline", and The Matrix Online video game was billed as the official continuation.[28] In February 2015, in interviews promoting Jupiter Ascending, Lilly Wachowski called a return to The Matrix a "particularly repelling idea in these times", noting the studios' tendency to green-light sequels, reboots and adaptations over original material,[29] while Lana Wachowski, addressing rumors about whether there was going to be a reboot, said that they haven't heard anything, but she believed the studio might be looking to replace them.[30]

In March 2017, Warner Bros. was in early stages of developing a relaunch of the franchise with Zak Penn in talks to write a treatment and interest in getting Michael B. Jordan attached to star. According to The Hollywood Reporter neither the Wachowskis nor Joel Silver were involved with the endeavor, although the studio would like to get at minimum the blessing of the Wachowskis.[31] Penn responded to the report that the words "reboot" and "remake" were inaccurate, and instead he is interested in seeing stories set in the already established universe.[32] The previous month, Keanu Reeves said he would return to a potential new Matrix film only if the Wachowskis were writing and directing.[33]

See also


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Agent Smith

Agent Smith is a fictional character and the primary antagonist in The Matrix franchise. He is portrayed by Hugo Weaving in the films and voiced by Christopher Corey Smith in The Matrix: Path of Neo.

In 2008, Agent Smith was selected by Empire Magazine as the 84th Greatest Movie Character of All Time. In 2013, Weaving reprised the role for a General Electric advertisement.

Anthony Brandon Wong

Anthony Brandon Wong (born 12 May 1965), often credited simply as Anthony Wong, is an Australian actor, best known for playing Ghost in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

Anthony Zerbe

Anthony Jared Zerbe (born May 20, 1936) is an American stage, film and Emmy-winning television actor. Notable film roles include the post-apocalyptic cult leader Matthias in The Omega Man, a 1971 film adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 novel, I Am Legend; as a corrupt gambler in Farewell, My Lovely; as Abner Devereaux in Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park; as villain Milton Krest in the James Bond film Licence to Kill; Rosie in The Turning Point; Roger Stuart in The Dead Zone; Admiral Dougherty in Star Trek: Insurrection and Councillor Hamann in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

Architect (The Matrix)

The Architect is a fictional character in the films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. He is portrayed by Helmut Bakaitis. He also makes an appearance in the MMORPG The Matrix Online.

Carrie-Anne Moss

Carrie-Anne Moss (born August 21, 1967) is a Canadian actress. Following early roles on television, she rose to international prominence for her role of Trinity in The Matrix trilogy (1999–2003). She has starred in Memento (2000), Red Planet (2000), Chocolat (2000), Fido (2006), Snow Cake (2006), Disturbia (2007), Unthinkable (2010), Silent Hill: Revelation (2012), and Pompeii (2014).

She currently portrays Jeri Hogarth in several television series of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, mainly Jessica Jones (2015–present).

Ian Bliss

Ian Bliss (born 1966) is an Australian actor, best known for his role as Bane in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, for which he was chosen by the Wachowskis because of his accurate impersonation of Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith), and also his partial resemblance to Weaving. After his appearance in the Matrix sequels, Bliss took minor roles in the feature films Stealth and Superman Returns. He also played the Peacekeeper scientist Drillic in the Farscape episode "Losing Time".

He has also appeared in several Australian television drama series including Heartbreak High, Underbelly, Blue Murder and Canal Road. Stage performances include the lead role in War Horse, in Sydney's Lyric Theatre.Bliss also appeared on the episode 8 of the 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific as Capt. Le Francois.

Kym Barrett

Kym Barrett (born 11 August 1965) is an Australian costume designer of Hollywood films. She is a regular collaborator with The Wachowskis and was the costume designer of their films The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending.

Kym Barrett started her career working in theatre for eight years before she began working in film. She has also designed costumes for Cirque du Soleil. Barrett designed freshly imagined period costumes for the Metropolitan Opera's 2013 production of The Tempest. In September 2013, she stepped down from her role as costume designer for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

List of accolades received by the Matrix film series

This is a list of awards and nominations received by The Matrix franchise. The Matrix is a 1999 science fiction action film. It spawned two sequels, filmed and released in the same year, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. All three films were written and directed by The Wachowskis and starred Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving.


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Mika Mifune(三船美佳|三船美佳), actress

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Captain Mifune, a character from The Matrix Revolutions

Mifune (Soul Eater), a character in the manga and anime Soul Eater

Admiral Mifune, a character from the anime The Irresponsible Captain Tylor

Go Mifune, main character in the anime series Speed Racer

Lord Mifune, a feudal ruler in Usagi Yojimbo

General Mifune, a Samurai general in Naruto

Monica Bellucci

Monica Anna Maria Bellucci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmɔːnika belˈluttʃi], born 30 September 1964) is an Italian actress and model. Bellucci began her career as a fashion model, modeling for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and Dior, before making a transition to Italian films and later Hollywood films and French films. She is often considered among the most beautiful women in the world.She is perhaps best known to American audiences for her role as Persephone in the 2003 science-fiction films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. She also played a Bride of Dracula in Francis Ford Coppola's gothic romance film Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and Malèna Scordia in the Italian-language romantic drama Malèna (2000), and was in the controversial Gaspar Noé arthouse horror film Irréversible (2002), and Mel Gibson's biblical drama The Passion of the Christ (2004), in which she portrayed Mary Magdalene. She later played a Bond girl in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre.

Morpheus (The Matrix)

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"Navras" is a composition and a song from The Matrix Revolutions soundtrack by goa trance band Juno Reactor, whose remix version is composed by Don Davis and Juno Reactor featuring vocal elements by Lakshmi Shankar and Azam Ali. The song contains an adaption of the Pavamana Mantra found in the Hindu sacred text the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, section I.iii.28, used in the soundtrack of the movie The Matrix Revolutions. The song was also a remix of an earlier track called Neodammerung (German for "the twilight of Neo"). The name Navras might refer to the notion of nine rasas (nava rasa) in Sanskrit aesthetics.

asato mā sad gamayatamaso mā jyotir gamayamṛtyor mā amṛtaṁ gamayaFrom ignorance lead me to truthFrom darkness lead me to lightFrom death lead me to immortality

--Brhadaranyaka Upanishad, I.iii.28

Niobe (The Matrix)

Niobe is a fictional character in The Matrix franchise. She is portrayed by Jada Pinkett-Smith. She serves as a supporting character in the two sequels of the original film, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, and one of the protagonists of video game Enter the Matrix. Niobe also appears in the MMORPG The Matrix Online. In the game, however, Niobe's character voicing is portrayed by Gina Torres, who portrayed the minor Zion character Cas in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Jada Pinkett-Smith was personally recruited by the Wachowski sisters, and the character of Niobe was created just for her in Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

Nona Gaye

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Persephone (The Matrix)

Persephone is a fictional character in The Matrix franchise. She is portrayed by Monica Bellucci. In the films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, Persephone is the wife of the Merovingian. She seems bored with her existence in the Matrix, and is dissatisfied with her husband (possibly because of his infidelity).

The Matrix (franchise)

The Matrix is a science fiction action media franchise created by The Wachowskis, about a group of heroes who fight a desperate war against machine overlords that have enslaved humanity in an extremely sophisticated virtual reality system. The series is most notable for its use of slow motion, which revolutionized action films to come. The series began with the feature film The Matrix (1999), and continued with two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both 2003), all written and directed by The Wachowskis and produced by Joel Silver. The franchise is owned by Warner Bros., which distributed the films along with Village Roadshow Pictures. The latter, along with Silver Pictures are the two production companies that worked on all three films.

The first film was an important critical and commercial success, winning four Academy Awards, introducing popular culture symbols such as the red pill and blue pill, and influencing action filmmaking. For those reasons it has been added to the National Film Registry for preservation. Its first sequel was an even bigger commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film in history, a title which it held for 13 years, until it was surpassed by the film Deadpool.The series features a cyberpunk story of the technological fall of man, in which a self-aware artificial intelligence has wiped most of humanity from the Earth except for those it enslaves in a virtual reality system as a farmed power source, and the relatively few remaining humans who are free of that system. The A.I. agenda is to destroy all humans who are free, considering them a threat/disease. The story incorporates references to numerous philosophical and religious ideas. Influences include the principles of mythology, anime, and Hong Kong action films (particularly "heroic bloodshed" and martial arts movies). The movies deal with the dilemma of choice vs control, and the concepts of inter-dependency and love.

The characters and settings of the films are further explored in other media set in the same fictional universe, including animation, comics, and video games. The comic "Bits and Pieces of Information" and The Animatrix short film "The Second Renaissance" act as prequels to the films, explaining how the franchise's setting came to be. The video game Enter the Matrix connects the story of the Animatrix short "Final Flight of the Osiris" with the events of Reloaded, while the video game The Matrix Online is a direct sequel to Revolutions. As of February 2016, the franchise has generated $3 billion in revenue, making it one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time. In March 2017, it was reported that Warner Bros. was in early stages of developing a relaunch of the franchise with new films.

The Matrix Revolutions (score)

The Matrix Revolutions: Limited Edition (2-CD Set) is a score album to the 2003 film The Matrix Revolutions by Don Davis. It was officially released on February 25, 2014. This release includes almost the entire film's score on two discs.

The Official Matrix Exhibit

The Official Matrix Exhibit was a walk-through exhibition experience at Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast, Australia. It allowed guests to immerse themselves in the world of the Matrix franchise and featured props and costumes from the movies. The attraction opened in September 2003, the year in which both The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions were released. It was closed on 1 April 2007 and replaced by a set of bumper cars and an arcade attraction later in the year.

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