The concluding episode of the Wachowski Brothers trilogy begins where Part 2, Reloaded, left off; Neo, Keanu Reeves, is unconscious, trapped in a sphere between the real world and the machine world; this sphere, which takes the form of a subway station, is controlled by the Trainman, Bruce Spence. But, with these and other perfunctory preliminaries out of the way, the main point of the film begins - an elaborately staged, fantastically noisy battle between the humans, who also include Trinity, Carrie-Ann Moss, Morpheus, Laurence Fishburne and Niobe, Jada Pinkett Smith, and the machines.What started out with a bang ends with a decided whimper. It's truly sad to see that, as the international marketing for the Matrix films gets more elaborate, the plotting gets more banal. It's as if selling the film took precedence over the film itself. All the interesting, original, cool ideas of the first film, and all the humanity, too, are left far behind in this limp conclusion which has little in the way of coherent plot or interesting characters. What it DOES have is some laboured Christian symbolism and a lot of battle footage that looks like nothing more than a giant computer game. It's always good to see multiple Hugo Weavings as the devilish Mr. Smith, but the rest of the cast simply look bemused and all those fancy outfits and Chinese-influenced fights seem very second-hand.