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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 Rhonda

Like most fans of the orginal Matrix, I was extrememly excited about Reloaded. Unlike most of those fans, I was forced to wait a whole week after it opened to see it. This gave me an advantage: the grumbling I'd been hearing from critics and friends who'd seen it balanced out my ridiculously high expectations.

Let me pass along a tip now to you--Make sure you go into Reloaded expecting to see half a movie, nothing more, nothing less. That'll go a long ways towards keeping you from being disappointed.

 

Smarts

 
 90%

Frankly, I only find one fault with this film in terms of quality. We'll get to that.

First, the 'wow' factors...and there are tons. The cinematography is heart stopping. You'll find no finer an example of how camera work can make a scene so dynamic your audience holds it's breath, than the much-discussed freeway scene. I was also extremely pleased with the clear comic book influence on many of Neo's so called 'Superman' stunts.

The acting is just as good as it was in the first one, esp. Moss. The love and passion between Neo and Trinity is palpable. I also look forward to more of Jada Pinkett Smith in Revolutions.

I also appreciate the attention to the visual representations. For example, Trinity and Neo as reflections of one another, further cementing their role as two halves of a puzzle piece. It's beautifully done in the last frame of their love scene.

And finally, the story. I love the story, and this is because I can see where they are going with it. I'm thrilled. To those who dislike the story, I would say this: watch it again and this time, pay better attention.

Which brings me to my one fault. The story, esp. in terms of dialogue, should have been dumbed down a tad, to account for the mainstream audience. The important points will fly right over too many people's heads and moviegoers don't like to feel stupid.

 

Popcorn

 
 99%

Let me be clear that the following areas of greatness really aren't 'Popcorn' in this movie. They are simply too good to be considered anything less than an art form. That said, they sure contribute to the entertainment value of Reloaded.

The special effects are mind blowing! Do I really have to elaborate here? I was blown away, and no I'm not talking about bullet time. I'm talking about all the other jaw dropping effects. The extra time, money, effort and sheer creative genius put into the absolutely shine.

The fight scenes are a major accomplisment. Long live Yuen Wo Ping! I'm quite the connoisseur of martial arts movies, and these are some of the best fight scenes I've ever seen. This is grade A stuff- the extra training put in by the cast, esp. Reeves, Moss and Weaving, really make the difference.

I found Reloaded nearly perfect in terms of enjoyment. My brain was totally into the mythology, my heart was totally into the love story, my body was totally into the action, and certain other body parts were totally into the sensuality. In short, I was as plugged into this movie as Neo and co. are when they enter the Matrix.

It loses one itty bitty point here for the abrupt ending. It could've been a tad smoother, but knowing it's coming helps soften the blow.

 

Final

Reloaded was worth the price of admission and more. Even worth the price of concessions!

If you still haven't seen it, see it! Just remember, you'll only be seeing half of it, but be glad it's only a few short months until Revolutions.

I'll be in heaven the day they come out with all three movies on one DVD and I can watch The Matrix, Reloaded, and Revolutions back to back. I think that will be the only way to truly get the most out of it.

But until then I'll settle for being the first in line when Revolutions opens in theaters.


660 Words Published: 24 May 2003

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