David Denby is my favorite movie reviewer. Here is his review of The Matrix Revolutions in this week's New Yorker.
Interesting aside: The philosopher he mentions, Colin McGinn, is a professor I interviewed for a Nightline piece I did on consciousness once. Of the philosophers I interviewed, he was hands down the most articulate, thoughtful. Nice to see he's getting more play.
As for Matrix, he told Denby: "Not much philosophy there."
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"Not much philosophy there," a real-world philosopher, Colin McGinn, of Rutgers, said to me after a screening of The Matrix Revolutions. I hasten to add that my own unphilosophical temperament found the picture somewhat more entertaining than the second movie in the series, The Matrix Reloaded, a noisy sleeping potion administered to the world last spring. But McGinn is right: this time, as in the second movie, the directors Larry and Andy Wachowski have made the intricacies of the original (the play between actual and simulated reality?) secondary to the main events of spectacle, fighting, and stunningly wooden dialogue. At its best, the picture is violently exciting; at its worst, banal and monotonous. Yet the relative absence of mighty significances did not prevent the Matricians sitting all around me, mostly men aged about thirty, from remaining utterly still, as if at a High Mass, throughout the movie. It is, I suppose, far too late to bemoan the obvious truth that these college-educated gents, and millions of others like them, will spend many hours debating the apocalypse as revealed by the Brothers Wachowski but would die before ...