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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 The Gnome (Billy Dal Porto)

The Matrix Reloaded continues the story of a man that's destined to be the saviour of Zion, a city in hiding from the machine threat of the world. On paper, the story sounds pretty lame, but The Matrix introduced this story quite well. In fact, it was so well done that it built a legion of fans. Some even considered it the Star Wars of this generation. Heck, the first of this Trilogy is more comparable to Star Wars than Episode I or II. Unfortunately for the sequel, the Wachowski Brothers 'Lucased' this film to death, and decided they'd compensate by trying to confuse their audience. I wasn't fooled, guys. Your lack of creativity shows awfully clear in this movie. You can write all the long winded dialogue you want and have it read by the fastest reciters in the world... I saw right through Col. Sanders and into a bad movie.

 

Smarts

 
 56%

The Matrix brought everyone a good plot, some pretty nifty acting, and just the right amount of special effects. You weren't overwhelmed, but you weren't left with an actionless action flick. Reloaded killed the trend pretty quick by replacing a good script with confusing speeches about prophecies, understanding, and choices. Morpheus seemed like a wise individual in the first movie... here, he's like the leader of an idiotic cult. Neo was just realizing his powers and beginning to come into his own... here, he's WAY too powerful, and at times, not powerful enough.

I'm sorry, but someone who can go in and repair someone's heart in the blink of an eye WITHOUT heavy surgery could NEVER be taken to school by a computer program that he can manipulate.

The action was really well thought out in the first. Watching this movie was like watching a tutorial on what CGI could be used for. Not to say that all the action was bad, but some of it just wasn't up the par with the original.

 

Popcorn

 
 78%

Now again, the action was decent. The car chase was unbelievable. Great stuff. However, when I watched it, I kind of got the feeling that this entire movie was just based on this one scene. The only thing they advertised for months was how awesome this one scene was going to be, and it was. I just felt like this was the reason everything else was neglected.

Raves, unecessary sex scenes, and plot holes galore. I shouldn't have to see the next movie to understand this one, but I guess I don't have a choice. These kinds of things just ruin film. Enjoyable, but barely.

 

Final

To be honest, I felt like I got ripped off. I guess if you're a Matrix fan, it's going to be important to see this one, but knowing what I now know, I wouldn't have spent $9.25 to get in. Wait for it to come out on DVD. Maybe the DVD will have some deleted scenes that should have made the cut.


493 Words Published: 21 May 2003

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