The Wachowski Brothers
We were all very impressed by all those slow motion, freeze frame martial art fight sequences in the first installment, but I think it's time to add something new to the mix, fellas...or at least keep it to a minimum. As far as the longwinded “matrix” talk, that went from being annoying to actually quite funny. I began to chuckle every time a character (usually the large-headed Fishburne) would deflect yet another important question with some existential psychobabble horseshit. That being said, THE MATRIX RELOADED is still pretty entertaining sci-fi fare with solid acting and Monica Belluci in a super sexy outfit. It also sets up the last part of this trilogy pretty nicely. In the end though, it’s mostly filler and it often felt like it.
Preload – Get Behind The Scenes (approx. ~ 22 min.): A thoroughly fulfilling feature complete with interviews from cast and crew. A lot of the talk is about the effort that’s being put into filming and bringing the last two parts of this trilogy to life. Much like the films themselves, this behind the scenes feature has more adrenaline in it than other extras of this kind.
The Matrix Unfolds – A Look At The Matrix Phenomenon (approx. ~ 5 min): Producer Joel Silver and company discuss how much The Matrix phenomenon has grown since it was first released. This includes the Animatrix films as well as both Matrix games so far: Enter The Matrix and Matrix Reloaded. It’s interesting to see how much the film has spawned other matrix-related entertainment in all sorts of mediums. It’s something to make even George Lucas shit his pants in worry. Well, maybe not Lucas.
The Freeway Chase – How They Did It (approx. ~ 30 min.): If you’ve already seen the grandiose freeway chase I’m sure you appreciate the hard work and precise timing it took in filming. This little feature, consisting mostly of crew members who worked on it, really helps you to understand what it takes to make such an impressive spectacle come to life.
Get Me An Exit – Inspired Design And Advertising (approx. ~ 9 min.): Interesting little feature that gives you a taste of all the advertising tie-ins that The Matrix films are a part of. The commercials are mostly tinged with the same sarcastic dark humor related to the films. Powerade and Samsung are the two they really focus on.
Enter The Matrix – Making The Game (approx. ~ 28 min.): This feature takes you through the entire process of creating a high tech game such as Enter The Matrix. This should be great fodder for gamers and Matrix fans alike. I’m not either but still found it somewhat interesting.
What Is The Animatrix? (approx. ~4 min.): A trailer for the animated film released in June on DVD and video.
The MTV Movie Awards Reloaded (approx. ~ 9 min.): I’m glad they added this parody of The Matrix Reloaded from the MTV movie awards on the extras. I’d heard about how funny it was, but never got a chance to see it until now. It’s nice to see the filmmakers can have a sense of humor about their film. The parody is hilarious, features Justin Timberlake, Seann William Scott and Will Ferrell and pokes fun at some classic scenes from the film. The highlight is Ferrell’s portrayal of the pretentious Architect “Larry”. Timberlake is actually very funny in it too, you have to check this parody out. Five stars out of five! P.S. “That’s a shitload of Stiflers”!