"The Matrix Revolutions"
Music By Don Davis
La-La Land Records
Disc 1- 16 Tracks/Disc Time: 66:22
Disc 2 - 13 Tracks/Disc Time: 62:27
After the successes of the previous "Matrix" films including one earlier in the Summer of 2003, "The Matrix Revolutions" which was released in the Fall of 2003 to conclude the hit trilogy of films, was met with somewhat of a lackluster response especially coming off the heels of the energetic and propulsive second chapter, "The Matrix Reloaded" which in my opinion should've ended in a cliffhanger instead of the overlong ending it had. The third chapter revolves around Agent Smith (the great Hugo Weaving, "Lord Of The Rings") ascention as a dangerous force within the Matrix itself after Neo (Keanu Reeves, "Point Break") has suffered a set back and lost his powers. With the sacrificial help of his love Trinity (Carrie Anne-Moss, "Pompeii") and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne, "CSI: Las Vegas") they must join forces with the Matrix itself to destroy Agent Smith once and for all before Zion and the world as we know is completely deleted from exisistance entirely. Directed by Andy And Lana Wachowski, who helmed the film the film quite well despite the lack of urgency and originality as the original film which had you at awe from start to finish.
One solid aspect that the trilogy of films had was the exceptional and diverse work of the underrated Don Davis, who previously had worked with the Wachowski's on the brilliant and wonderful noir-thriller, "Bound" starring Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon that really propelled them into do "The Matrix". Davis really wrote the memorable horn theme that essentially give the series its unforgettable feel as well as writing some very grandiose and operatic music that really develops to a more contemporary feel in "Matrix Reloaded" and with "Matrix Revolutions", Davis returned to the grand orchestrial voice that made his original score quite memorable. Utilizing a more operatic approach to the proceedings this time around, Davis allows the orchestra to really utilize its full acoustical prowless which includes a return of the choral material that original film featured as well.
While the album starts us off with the memorable repeating horn fanfare in "Logos/Main Title" which feature Davis' signature Matrix theme, the first half of the score is essentially a positively strong build up what takes place in disc two which features Davis' masterful scoring. The first disc features a few remenants of "Matrix Reloaded" in the tracks "Rama-Kandra/The Trainman Cometh" and "Tetsujin" and Davis really concentrates on the power play of Agent Smith to complete his comeuppance in this world. The tracks "Oracle Debacle", "He Is You", "The First Goodbye/The All-Knowing Oracle" and "The Smith Within Us" where the orchestration is complex and varied as he shifts back and fourth between Neo's theme which crosses paths with Smith's in various guises. Davis establishes an air of mystery and suspense with "Das Banegold/The Bane Revelation" lengthy stand out track. The second disc is the gem of the score without question as almost every track is almost operatic which is what Davis intended this to be for the final duel between Neo and Smith. "Deus Ex Machina", "Neodämmerung", "Why, Mr. Anderson?/Spirit of the Universe" and "Bridge of Immortality/For Neo" are some of the best and complex writing of the entire series for Davis. In parts it's a little reminder of his strong work for the CBS series "Beauty And The Beast" and in particular the track "Trinity Definitely", that features such a melancholy styled romance to it. "Neodämmerung" is just simply a masterpiece and one of the best tracks written for the entire series in my opinion and you can also say that for the suite of tracks that I mentioned which are beautifully performed and masterfully executed by the orchestra and choir. The brilliance of this is that Davis was totally inspired throughout and the love he had for the films really shows even greater in this score which culminates in a great finale in "Bridge Of Immortality/For Neo" and one last hip collaboration between Davis and Juno Reactor with "Navras".
La-La Land's expanded album closes the final musical chapter of this solid trilogy of films which really showcased the work of a composer who was very underutilized and still very underrated in my view. Don Davis is a terrific composer who's work on the short lived "Beauty And The Beast" series during the late 1980's is amongst his most popular along side that of "The Matrix". This score is the stronger of the two sequel scores and it's mainly because the score to "Reloaded" was just to noisy to really enjoy as this one is a more down to Earth and structurally more balanced on every level. You can also say in a way, this score was an opera due to the nature of the orchestrations, choir and the love and excitement that Davis put into this one. There was more straight forward approach to the material much like the original that made that one a refreshing work. "Matrix Revolutions" is a very worthy finale (despite the fact that the series ended on a whimper) as Don Davis really showcased a powerhouse of scores that he should be very proud of. Strong thumbs up.