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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 Iron Paws

I feel like I've been hit by a bag of rocks. That someone slammed them into me, over and over until I was unconscious. Upon waking, I began to contemplate what The Matrix: Reloaded aimed to accomplish and what it's story meant to me. So far, I have yet to find two people that see it exactly the same way.

 

Smarts

 
 70%

After wiping the rock induced blood from my lips, I sat back and reflected on what this movie was about. At first glimpse, it appears to be one explosion after another with a flurry of kicks and punches thrown in for good measure. But I've looked harder and saw what it could be, what could happen, and where it could go. While I believe that the movie fails miserably as a stand alone feature. But, as the part of a trilogy its potential is staggering. It's written as a pillar, a brace for the alpha and omega. One problem is that it doesn't have an end and it doesn't answer any questions. It leaves the viewer asking "what?" But, the possibilities of what it could be are tremendous

One thing that it does to try and make the audience think is that introduces new philosophies that both builds and dismantles on what the original film established. It creates a circular thought pattern that leaves the viewer with a need to delve deeper into what they, as an audience, truly believes the movies is about.

The special effects were a bit disappointing. Not for what they did with the $100 million alotted to FX, but or what they didnít do. Thereís nothing new in this film. I was promised in all the interviews and trailers leading up to this film that they would be mind blowing. They werenít, they were the same FX as the first film, just from a different angles. Bullet time was a great creation for the first film. But, in the second film, itís an overused annoyance.

This would have been a smarter film if it could stand on it's own.

 

Popcorn

 
 85%

What can I say, I love explosions and Kung Fu and this film delivers on both. It does become a little slow at times but makes up for it in the action sequences. The movie definately didn't seem like it was over 2 hours.

 

Final

This is a good movie by itself; hopefully, the third installment makes it a great movie. The Directors (I don't even want to attempt spelling their name) definitely show their comic book roots. They have Neo do everything that is humanly impossible with ease and a smile. Ok, maybe not the smile but it is a good fun movie nonetheless and definitely worth the cost of admission.

Two things to keep in mind when going to see this movie: Make sure you look at it as half a movie, and wait till after the credits for the trailer for Matrix: Revolutions.


489 Words ∑ Published: 20 May 2003

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