I recently wrote about my interpretation of the ending of The Matrix Revolutions. In that post I expounded over the deal the machines made with Neo to destroy Agent Smith, the apparent death of Neo, and how the Oracle was able to communicate with Neo even after she was taken over by Agent Smith. To read about those insights, click here.
Anyway, the purpose of this post is not to rehash what I wrote previously, but to touch on the confusing nature of the ending in general. Specifically, I recently came across the results of a UK poll that asked people to rank the most confusing movies of all time, and The Matrix Revolutions came in at #4.
The #1 most confusing movie of all time according to the poll is Vanilla Sky, which also incorporates a virtual reality type of scenario. I somewhat disagree with this result; the ending was more dumb than confusing. I liked the concept of the movie but I thought the execution of the concept left something to be desired.
Other movies rounding out the top 6 include Mulholland Drive, Donnie Darko, Memento, and 12 Monkeys. I’ve never seen Mulholland Drive, but I personally did not find any of the other movies all that confusing with the exception of Donnie Darko. And that is only because the director incorporated “science-fiction-science” concepts from outside the movie itself (i.e., a book) to explain the time travel elements.
Although I am sure the poll is less-than-scientific, I thought the results were interesting nonetheless. I like movies with twists so the goal of the poll itself intrigues me. If you have any other suggestions for confusing movies that should be on the list, please let me know. And of course don’t forget to check out our Matrix sunglasses.