|The Matrix Reloaded|
Fortunately, the whole universe here is much more fully fledged, making this film more interesting than the original (which had an essentially simple plot, after all). There's much more depth of character--not terribly complicated, but at least more interesting as there are all manner of shadings on good and bad guys, from Lennix's nasty hero to Bellucci's helpful villain. There's also, fortunately, a nice dose of subtle comic relief, something the Wachowski brothers forgot to include in the first film. The able and very fit cast does its best with the terrible expository dialog, while the bizarre plot blends philosophy and religion in such a muddle that logic goes out the window (don't try to analyse it!). What we're here for, after all, are the action and effects, and the Wachowski's deliver on both fronts, with outrageously gripping fight choreography, spectacular combat sequences (the 15-minute freeway battle is astonishing) and head-spinning special effects (although they seem a little too enamoured with slo-mo--get over it!). This film works because it dares to deepen and broaden the original story without defining anything; it raises lots and lots of questions that go unanswered and actually, briefly, make us think. Although strangely, even with the semi-cliffhanger ending, I'm not that bothered about Part 3.
dir Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski|
with Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Harold Perrineau, Jada Pinkett Smith, Monica Bellucci, Lambert Wilson, Harry Lennix, Randall Duk Kim, Anthony Zerbe, Gloria Foster, Nona Gaye
release US 15.May.03; UK 21.May.03
Above: Link, Neo, Trinity and Morpheus (Perrineau, Reeves, Moss, Fishburne) guide the Nebucadnezzar into battle. Below: Neo goes for a spin...
See also: THE MATRIX (1999)
THE ANIMATRIX (2003/DVD)
THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS (2003)
"I got in line with a bunch of other Matrix junkies late last Wednesday evening for an unadvertised (yet sold out) viewing of the movie. Before it even started, I was entertained by a stray comment heard from behind: 'Well, I know we won't be hearing "Neo, I am your Father..."'. The movie itself was a mixture of satisfaction, glee, confusion and disappointment. The action was every bit as remarkable and watchable as the first. I loved being reunited with Neo, Morpheus, Trinity and Smith, and I enjoyed some of the new characters, and even enjoyed the fact that some of the answers I thought I had at the end of the first film were now questions, but the dang thing was so confusing, and the philosophical speeches just left me tired. I liked that the shades of good and bad were blurred, but found that the inclusion of Zion and its inhabitants did not add much to the film for me. It will certainly be interesting to see the conclusion!" --IndigoJen, Los Angeles 21.May.03
"It was the biggest hype-machine since Phantom Menace with similar results. There were so many set pieces I got bored after a while. I couldn't figure out why it dropped something
like 60% in ticket sales in the US when Bruce Almighty opened; maybe
word's gotten round that it's not so hot." --Rick Jacobs, London 7.Jun.03