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The Matrix Reloaded
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10.06.2004 By: Indiana Sev
The Matrix Reloaded order
Director:
The Wachowski Brothers

Actors:
Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In this second installment of the Matrix trilogy, Neo, Trinity and Morpheus are still looking for answers and still get more questions in return. This time around, the gang is searching for the Keymaker (no, not the guy from Ghostbusters) as they try to get to the “source” of the matrix. That prick agent Smith is still on their trail and this time the dude’s been upgraded!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Hmm, is it a good movie? Good question. Let me ask you this instead: what is the purpose of a good movie? Hehehe, sorry, I’m still a little fucked up from all that matrix mumbo jumbo talk. All kidding aside, RELOADED has tons of intense action sequences (the best being an extended highway chase) and enough eye-pleasing special effects to entertain all those who were wooed by THE MATRIX. It isn't, in my opinion, better than the first though. There really isn’t much of a plot, just a basic mission to complete that drags on for two hours only because they have to fill the movie with at least 5 or 6 fight scenes. These martial arts scenes got excruciatingly boring and redundant after a while as I was left hoping for a bit more story. Of course, in the matrix world every time a question is asked it is answered with yet another question until you just don’t care anymore and start wondering what Monica Bellucci looks like with her top off (for that, rent any of her earlier Italian films and thank me in the morning).

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.
THE EXTRAS
The Matrix Reloaded is a 2-disc set, the second disc consisting only of extra features.

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”!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
For loyal fans of The Matrix series, I would definitely recommend that you buy this one as the film and extra features are sure to please. For the others, if you don’t mind the overplay of kung-fu fights and need a little more Belluci in your diet, then rent this one before REVOLUTIONS comes out and prepare yourself for the conclusion of this trilogy.
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