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Matrix Reloaded
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Sep 22, 2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
The Wachowski Brothers

Actors:
Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburn
Hugo Weaving

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Despite what the first film would have us believe, Neo hasnt even begun to crack the code behind the Matrix and with the Oracle missing, the machines drilling their way down to Zion and the return of Agent Smith, the gang have their hands full as they try to fulfil the prophecy and save mankind.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THE MATRIX blew the doors off the Sci-Fi universe and quite literally revolutionized not only the way films are shot (Bullet Time, a term that used to be a registered trademark of 3D Realms, producers of the MAX PAYNE games but is now belongs to Warner Brothers because of THE MATRIX) but the way we view our action sequences. Aside from that, the story was top notch, the acting stellar, the action plentiful and the adrenaline maxed. THE MATRIX is and will remain one of the coolest, most original and insanely badass films of all time. If only Hollywood understood the concept of quitting while theyre ahead. MATRIX RELOADED was the beginning of the end in more ways than one.

In light of my sheer admiration for the first film, I, like so many others, couldnt wait to see more once word got out that they were turning this into a trilogy. Id even go as far as saying RELOADED was probably one of the most anticipated sequels of my generation, maybe even of all time. Now Im not saying this film doesnt have its moments, it surely does, the fight scenes for one are fantastic. Neo squaring off against an army of Smiths was awesome the first time (even though I prefer the one on one battle) but what made this film for me was the whole Merovingian and Persephone segment. The causality bit was hilarious as was his sharp wit and Monica Bellucci was so hot it sent shivers up my spine every time she was on screen. Id gladly hook myself up to the Matrix for a shot at spending an eternity with her.

Now the rest of the film was pretty much a letdown. First off, I dont care about Zion and feel that too much of the film took place there. It all came off as filler to me, useless drama added to help stretch the film out into two parts. They could have easily saved the more important Zion stuff for the last film and focussed on quest at hand, the Oracle and Agent Smith. Nope, thatd be too easy. Instead they decided to add ridiculous bullshit characters like the Keymaker and the Architect. It was at this point I realized they had no idea where to take Neo and his crew while the machines made their way to Zion. I enjoyed the high brow explanations for stories about vampires, werewolves and all other supernatural things but for the most part, the rest felt like a bit of a stretch.

MATRIX RELOADED is vastly superior to REVOLUTIONS but not even close to being as good as THE MATRIX. Yes, its a trilogy and should be viewed as such but I cant help thinking a trilogy wasnt necessary here. THE MATRIX could have easily been a standalone triumph rather than the highlight of a downward spiral but the Wachowski brothers could smell money and decided to go for it. This was only the second time Ive watched RELOADED (I have yet to re-watch REVOLUTIONS) and I cant see myself coming back to it for a long, long time, if ever. The ending reminded me all too clearly of how disappointed I was with how this ordeal wraps so as you can see, aside from a couple rays of light in the darkness, I have very little good to say about this film.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: There are two commentaries to choose from; one from Philosophers Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilber that focuses upon the theory behind these films and one from critics John Powers and David Thompson for a more fan based approach. Personally I feel the latter ones unnecessary but getting philosophical about this topic is very interesting.

In-Movie Experience: Though not overly original at this point as more and more films are going interactive these days, because of how cool the concept behind these films is, this one is definitely fun to play through.

Behind the Story: This behind the scenes look at the film breaks down into various parts from the fighting scenes to the car chase and even features the MTV Movie Awards Reloaded Edition. I love the special touches the MTV Movie Awards does for films like this.

Enter the Matrix: Here we get a documentary that takes us through the making of the video game. What makes this really cool is that there are twenty three live action scenes that plug directly into the film.

P.O.D. Sleeping Awake Music Video: Pretty self explanatory I think. Im actually a big fan of P.O.D. and got to meet them at Hooters in Toronto.

Previews: There are a couple trailers for the film and five TV Spots. Theres also a rather large gallery of still to enjoy and sift through.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I wont deny how phenomenal this film looks in HD but youd have to be a hardcore fan to run out and buy this one if you already own the DVD. If youre like me, owning one part of a trilogy will annoy you so my advice is to wait until you see this one on sale for nine ninety-nine.

Extra Tidbit: I still find the idea of Will Smith as Neo (he turned down the role if you didn't know) very unsettling.
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