THE MATRIX RELOADED
Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss, Gloria
Foster, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nona Gaye, Harry Lennix, Harold Perrineau,
2003, 138 Minutes, Directed by: Andy Wachowski and Larry
Matrix Overloaded would be a better title . . .
Everything the first
Matrix movie did back in 1999, this
much-anticipated sequel tries to do more of and better than.
Inventive computer-generated fight scenes featuring lots of slow motion?
Check. Extensive action sequences? Check. Angsty nü metal songs? Check.
Pseudo-philosophical ramblings and over-important dialogue? Check, alas.
The Matrix Reloaded suffers to a degree from the same self-important
portentousness and bloatedness that nearly sank the first
Lord of the Rings installment. However, some
extensive and rather impressive action set pieces save Matrix Reloaded;
the best of them being a car chase that practically reinvents the rules of
that old cinematic cliché. This is a car chase to rank with the best of
them: Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Road
Warrior, French Connection and Bullitt.
be damned, but despite its faults The Matrix Reloaded is still
fun. I sat through many scenes with a goofy grin that no doubt would have
annoyed my fellow cinemagoers. Yes, some of the fight scenes are overlong.
But I loved them nonetheless, not because I still marvel at the technical
prowess behind making them happen, but because they can still think up some
new kung fu moves in the first place! Their sheer inventiveness – they’re
like some strangely choreographed dance sequence – still amazes me.
"It feels as if
you're stuck in Philosophy 101 again!"
The naysayers are right about many things about this movie.
Yes, it is overlong. Some sequences (like a superfluous futuristic rave!)
could simply have been dropped, while others could have been slightly
shortened. The plot and dialogue are too clever by half and if it feels as
if you’re stuck in Philosophy 101 class again - you are not alone!
Some bits are difficult to follow, maybe perhaps because of plot holes and
inconsistencies. For somebody who could fly, why stick to old-fashioned kung
fu fighting? Why not some heat vision or . . . oh, that would be a different
movie then, but you get my drift. (Who else out there was thinking about how
the Wachowski brothers would be ideal candidates for any new
where the naysayers get it wrong is by insisting that Matrix Reloaded
is an unworthy sequel to the original. If you are a fan of the original
movie, then you will like this one. After all, it offers more of the same,
and while its impact isn’t the same as the original one should keep in mind
that the 1999 movie had the shock of the new on its side. Since then, the
film’s concepts have been either mercilessly ripped off (The
One, Charlie’s Angels) or parodied (Scary Movie, Shrek,
Much like the recent X2 and
Two Towers, Matrix Reloaded jumps right into the action without
any explanation. If you haven’t seen the original film, you must be the only
person on the planet who hasn’t seen it. Just kidding: if you haven’t seen
the first movie, there’s no point to seeing this sequel. Checking out the
original movie on DVD the evening before might also be a good idea. Without
giving too much away, there are some unexpected plot twists in store and the
movie ends abruptly with “To be concluded” flashing across the screen. (When
last did you experience this? Or an old-fashioned “The End” for that
Followed by a bewildering and disappointing sequel
The Matrix Revolutions, also in 2003.