Fun with Franchises: Our Favorite Images from The Matrix Revolutions
One of the recurring features that we do in Fun with Franchises (a feature within a feature) is, after we finish watching a film, we go through and pick out our favorite images from that film. These images could be anything from really famous images from the film or franchise, really beautifully composed shots, shots that are funny to us because of the facial expressions being made in them or because of what we said about them in the article in which they appeared, or simply because they have boobs in them.
How we do this is, in the same way we watch the films, Colin and I separately pick out about ten to fifteen shots that we really liked. (This typically ends up being him picking out around 30 and me having around 70.) Then we compare lists, and whichever ones we both chose automatically make our final list. Everything else we talk through. We have it down to a science by now. Within four total emails, we’re left with a final list of ten images we liked the best, along with ten honorable mentions, which were also as good, but just missed out on making the list proper. (And then more we just work in. Just cause.)
It’s not very complicated (like most things we do here at B+ Movie Blog), and is just a way for us to point out shots that we really liked in the films, especially since we tend to pick stuff that’s not always on the beaten path. (We also don’t officially rank the list of shots. We just put them in chronological order. Simply picking them is hard enough. We don’t want to make our lives any harder. Plus, we’re lazy.)
That said — here are our favorite images from The Matrix Revolutions:
I honestly can’t get enough of this face. This is one of the best single shots of the franchise for me. That’s a great look of condescension and amusement. I can only hope to be able to recreate this face whenever people want to get on the train that I’ve created in my little program world.
There’s another quality to this face and it’s that only someone who’s quite literally insane can pull it off. I mean, look at this guy. He looks like he eats bees. The hair is like straw and he has a whole nightmare of teeth under there. Yeah, that’s a face that instills true fear — the face of someone who clearly doesn’t give a fuck. I think we could terrorize the terrorists if we sent former winners of Fear Factor to the Middle East and had them shit in their hands and start eating it. That’s how you scare people. By not giving a FUCK.
The only thing that could make this shot better is if it were moving. And Neo just ran across, stopped, said, “Shit,” and kept running across infinitely. Because that’s what makes this funny. The idea that he’s just running back and forth like an idiot. And that the giant hole is still in the wall from when he was thrown into it.
This place has a weird vibe to it, almost like a fancy bathroom. Train stations — even the most spotless ones in Tokyo — aren’t supposed to be THAT clean or that sterile. I don’t know if you guys get that feeling going into a super fancy bathroom, like, “There’s marble over here and people regularly have diarrhea over there.” It’s a strange combination. That has nothing to do with the shot, I realize, and yes, I did just talk about doo doo twice in two shots. Mostly, I agree with Mike. It’s funny because it’s from the side and he runs in a loop like in the original Mario Bros. Idiot.
4. Want a choc-o-late?
This is the perfect payoff to the shot from before. I love how he’s sitting there, so lonely. There should be Alan Silvestri music playing and a feather flying around. Because that’s basically what this is.
The fuck else is he supposed to do? This is that moment when you wish you had brought your Game Gear after all.
5. This laugh
I don’t think there’s anything necessary here. Look at this.
This sums up the movie. There’s nothing you really like about this movie except for him. And he speaks for himself.
6. Dirt map
This is one of the most real looking shots in the entire film. And you get the map on top of it, mixed with him wiping the dirt off of it. I like that we both chose it. Because it’s a random one. But the random ones are always the best.
I hate how sterile movies got starting in the late 90s and continuing even now, in many cases. This looks like it could be a shot out of an original Star Wars movie. Remember how they’d all be standing around some table with graphics on it and then there’d be an explosion somewhere and dust or whatever would fall from the ceiling? It’s THAT. War doesn’t look like war unless stuff is a little rough around the edges. That’s why we loved the shot in Revenge of the Sith with the closeup on the stormtroopers and all the battle scarring in their armor. I love this shot.
I love shots of destruction. This is great because it’s so dark and it’s just smoke and fire. I actually imagine this is what Hiroshima would have looked like. That’s not even a joke. I’m being serious. I imagine it was dark and looked like utter destruction. I hope one day someone actually makes that movie (because so far, no one really has tried).
The great thing about this is that it takes away from how fake Zion looked during the rest of this battle.
The Hiroshima comparison is probably a bit different, cause there’s a lot more left here than there was there. Maybe the firebombing of Tokyo, which killed more people than Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined and basically incinerated the whole city. My host father in college said that from their neighborhood 10 miles outside of the city center, the whole horizon in that direction was orange all night that first night.
But images like this do make things more worth watching. They can’t help the story, but at least if it looks good, you know.
8. Machine Oz
Emerald City of Machines, pod fields, and lightning. What more do you need?
I like this shot in particular because we have absolutely no idea what the scale is. The fields keep going and these big robot things are certainly enormous, but the city itself is sort of an indeterminate distance from the camera and there’s nothing really to show how big it is. It’d be pretty fucked up if there was a Statue of Liberty or something like that. That’d be fucked up, huh?
Because this shot is hilarious. We’re up close on her face this whole time, and he’s blind, so he has no clue what’s going on. And she’s talking all cryptic and he’s like, “What’s going on?” and then he feels down and we see the pipe sticking out of her abdomen. And it’s like, “Okay, that’s bad, but not that bad,” and then boom, we cut back to this. I can’t not laugh when I see this. Also glad the pipes aren’t sticking out of her titties.
She looks like the sample tray of cheeses at the Safeway. Haha.
Figured this would be a nice send off to Smith and the greatness he brought to this franchise. Hugo Weaving makes these last two movies watchable.
Just to run down the shots:
— Him menacing a child. Doesn’t get better than that.
— Him throwing the plate against the wall just to see if the Oracle knew he was gonna do it.
— That face.
— I love the framing of the one of him running. On the right side of the frame. Plus, I’m picturing him running in the olympics with only other Smiths watching. Which is hilarious to me.
— Then there’s that shot where he goes through like four emotions in the span of like, a second.
— Then the lightning shot. Which is glorious.
— The canted angle shot of him standing over Neo in the crater. Which is great. Also kind of reminds me of Se7en, when John Doe is standing over Pitt in the alleyway.
— The gritted teeth shot is just great.
— Love the “THIS IS MY WORLD!” shot. Lightning always knows when to strike.
— And then I love him posing as he’s about to punch Neo in the face.
If these images bring you no joy, there’s really nothing I can explain that will help you to understand.
It’s a shame that this is the last we’re gonna see of Smith.
There’s some indignation. That’s good stuff. I also like how you can see that he’s been in the muddy water because the collar is all brown. They could have just shown them doing this and then made the water muddy later or something but he’s actually been rolling around in muddy water or Yoohoo or whatever they used.
10. This shot
I love this. This reminds me of a Gustave Dore image. Him standing there in the middle of this crater, rain falling down. I love this.
Plus, this movie is absolute shit for shots. There’s not many other choices.
There are like 12 good shots in this movie. Let us be done with it.
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And the fact that there’s a club entrance in an underground parking garage.
I like the framing, which echoes the arch sex framing from Reloaded. Obviously I preferred the earlier shot where there was a Porsche 912 pulling up, but I guess I’ll have to comment on this piece of shit.
- Bitch, you just got stabbed
I love that we both picked this.
Every franchise needs someone getting stabbed and a funny face. Think about it. Lots of stabbing in Bond. Harry Potter had Dobby. Lord of the Rings had Frodo and basically EVERYONE else. Star Wars? C’mon, lots of people being stabbed, though I enjoyed the ones that Palpatine killed when they went to arrest him. Pirates was full of stabbing and funny faces. Twilight had that Native American woman who saved us the trouble and stabbed HERSELF. Now we’ve got this one getting stabbed HILARIOUSLY. Does someone get stabbed in our next franchise? We shall see.
- Map shot
I love map shots.
Maps are always welcome. This is also a PAPER map in a franchise that’s been all digital. Look at the water marks and stuff! Realness!
Sometimes at the bookstore I just look at maps. And Vox now has a series on maps that show certain things you wouldn’t expect. In case you’re the type of person who likes to waste time checking out weird stuff on the internet. Which, if you’re reading this…
It’s the camera placement. Because you can see the trajectory of the electricity. Plus it’s rounded, and rounded quarters for a fight are always interesting.
Very Star Wars, don’t you think? The hallways being pentagonal and full of weird hoses feels very Millennium Falcon, and we have two guys fighting with some sort of energy beam that’s cutting hoses and making sparks. Yeah, I’m feeling the Star Wars.
Look at how fucked his face is! That’s great makeup. One of the most effective shots in the entire movie.
I love this. The smoke taking up the entire frame. The glow of the city in flames, and all the squid falling. It’s great, it’s simple. Simplicity works.
I could have used more glow, if I’m honest. This is very dark. A lot of these shots could have been better if they weren’t so dark.
- Walkin’ on Sunshine
I love this. The heat sig version of what he’s doing. This is just cool. I’d watch an entire sequence that looked like this. Why not?
Also, he’s blind.
Once again, I like it in concept, but it was a bit too flowy and CGI. Sort of like the buildings on Kamino and their weird membrane doors. I’d have appreciated this more if he was seeing it less like this spiritual, organic world, and more clearly defined.
This is some Skyfall shit. Love silhouette fighting.
Of course, Skyfall did it better. But then, Skyfall did everything better than this movie.
I love the wide shot and them fighting in the heavy rain. I’d love to see an entire fight scene like this.
As long as none of it is CGI. Fighting in the rain is certainly cool, as long as it’s real-ish. They left the ground and I lost interest.
He just fucking CLOCKS him here.
This is what we’re reduced to. This is all I’ve got to talk about.
I’m still rooting for the machines on this one.
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Tomorrow we go over our final thoughts on the film and on Monday — new franchise!