The Matrix Reloaded
- Andy Wachowski
- Larry Wachowski
- Reviewed by
- Josť Ruiloba a.k.a. Morris
- Review date
- Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Six months have passed since we first left the characters. Neo (Keanu Reeves) has become more comfortable with his status as The One. He and Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) have also established a stronger relationship as a couple. Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) continues to believe in the Prophecy and is certain that the war against the machines will soon be over. But his beliefs are definitely not showing, as the Sentinels are getting nearer to Zion, the last human city on Earth, and itís difficult to know how to stop them.
If one could define the Matrix movies as having one common trait is that both are Kung Fu movies. In this second installment thereís far more action. We get fights and confrontations all the time. Some donít find the fun in watching Neo fight if we already know heís not going to be hurt, but for me itís a different story. I just loved every single one of the action pieces, including those that do not feature Neo, because they all feel like a ballet, like visual poetry. The Wachowskis and their team of martial arts experts certainly know what they are doing, and they provide us with some amazing sequences that left me literally breathless. From the choreography to the music to the editing, they are just perfection.
There are two sequences that definitely stand out in The Matrix Reloaded. One involves Neo fighting dozens of Agents Smith (Hugo Weaving), just as heís found the way to reproduce himself. The sequence is not only a breakthrough in special effects, but also a heart-pounding brawl that delivers even more than it promises. Itís something you have to see to believe.
The other segment that stands out is a highway chase during the third act of the movie that involves cars, trucks, motorcycles and all sorts of people trying to make it such as Neo, Trinity, Morpheus, the very cool Twins, a couple of Agents, Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith) and even the Keymaker, an important character in the overall mission Neo has in his hands. This 14-minute sequence is right up there with The French Connection (1971) and Ronin in my list as the most spectacular and nail-biting chases in the history of cinema. And the way it ends, God, itís a literal bang.
But thereís more to the movie than simply the action pieces. As with the first installment, the Wachowskis show a tendency to pretentiousness that they handle admirably. Thereís a lot of philosophical undertones to the overall plot and dialogue. If you thought the concept of the Matrix was already convoluted you should know that there are more twists and turns that we didnít know before. Thereís a character, the Architect, that could change the way we see everything, although itís to be seen how influential he can really be in the proceedings.
Because The Matrix Reloaded is only the second movie of a trilogy, thereís really no ending to it, but more of a cliffhanger that leaves us craving to see the conclusion of the story. To tell you the truth, I liked it!
What I didnít like that much about the movie were the early scenes in Zion. I think they somehow go on too long and donít get really anywhere. I loved the Rave sequence, but apart from that only the visuals caught my attention. The rest of the scenes got kind of boring after a second viewing.
The original cast of the first movie is back in full form to continue to develop their characters. Keanu Reeves is the perfect Neo, Carrie-Ann Moss a force to behold, Laurence Fishburne is wiser than ever and Hugo Weaving just as threatening as always. The late Gloria Foster also makes a most welcomed appearance as The Oracle. New cast members include Jada Pinkett-Smith, Lambert Wilson and Monica Bellucci in an eye-opening short role. Sheís got one of the most tense and fiery scenes in the movie.
A great ride!
ďItís like wiping your ass with silk, I love it.Ē
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