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Matrix Reloaded, The (2003)

R 138 minutes

Directed by Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Written by Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski

Starring
 · Keanu Reeves
 · Laurence Fishburne
 · Carrie-Anne Moss


Review by Buttercup

When I first saw the trailers for Matrix Reloaded, I wanted to catch it as soon as possible because I knew the special effects would blow my mind. What I wasn't looking forward to was having to decipher the theories and plot of the movie as I had to with the original Matrix. It took at least two viewings of that movie to grasp all of it that I could and I knew it would take at least that many for the new one... and I was right.

 

Smarts

 
 60%

Just as the movie started, I saw the first explosion and knew I was in for a treat. I love movies that start at the end and explain how they got there so this was a perfect start for me.

However, I can honestly say I did not care for Morpheus' speech at all. It seemed so out of character for him to be standing up there, yelling out to a crowd, pumping them up in what he believed in. I had pictured him more as someone who did not care what he believed in, so long as he could go about doing what he felt he needed to do.

Anyone who saw the first movie knew there was a lot of logic and theory to take in and should expect the same out of the second movie. What I did not expect was to have such a drastic change in direction from action to thought provoking scenes. In each of these scenes that attempted to explain the different takes on the Matrix itself the conversation bore on, confusing my simple mind like no other. And then, once the dialouge was over, there were so many distractions I was not even left with enough time to absorb what was just said. I think the worst of it all was the last part where Neo met the Architect. There was a fairly simple concept that I could understand and mull over and then suddenly the writers complicated it as much as they could, using as many technical terms as humanly possible, only to turn around and try to simplify the whole idea once more. Half way through the conversation I was done listening.

 

Popcorn

 
 80%

The action sequences are at the top of my Popcorn list. That is what I went to see and that is what I got. I loved how well things were strung together, how things moved along. Even with the distraction of fingers digging into me ,I enjoyed every minute of the freeway scene, wondering what was going to happen next. I was partial to the way the camera went under the semis while the motorcycle drove next to it, I thought it was a really great technique to show everyone just how close they were to all the other vehicles on that road.

One part of the movie I couldn't stand was in the beginning where they were trying to establish that Neo and Trinity were so in "love" they couldn't keep their hands off each other. All of Xion was trying to stay alive and they were trying to get laid. I thought their priorities would have been set differently since they were the ones who were going to save the world.

 

Final

I think this movie was well worth the money. Anyone who saw the first Matrix would likely enjoy this movie, even if it is not what they were expecting. I would advise seeing this movie more than once, in my case more than twice, to make sure you get out of it everything that you can, that you take away from it all the understanding you can, so that you can form your own opinions about it.


620 Words Published: 19 May 2003

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