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The Matrix Reloaded
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Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Matt McColm, Jada Pinkett Smith
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Warner Bros.
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Kiddie Movie: Leave them at home.
Date Movie: If she liked the first one, she might like this one, but just be more confused and ask more questions.
Gratuitous Sex: Neo and Trinity get it on, and lots of nipples during the tribal dancing rave.
Gratuitous Violence: Lots of fighting going on.
Action: Lots of chasing going on.
Laughs: A couple of moments.
Memorable Scene: I liked the car/motorcycle/truck chase scene.
Memorable Quote: The Architects diatribe, mostly because it sounded cool even if you didn't understand any of it.
Directed By: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Produced By: Joel Silver

The Matrix Reloaded
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 2:18 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
All I know after seeing "The Matrix Reloaded" is that The Wachowski Brothers have got a lot of explaining to do because whereas "The Matrix" kinda rapped things up in a nice little package, and sure it left some things open like how Neo would save Zion, but for me "The Matrix" finished at a point where sequels weren’t necessary. "The Matrix Reloaded", however, makes the final chapter a necessity, and it better do a lot of explaining rather quickly or face the wrath of millions of movie-goers leaving it as a franchise having worse sequels than the "Star Wars" anthology.

Trying to explain what exactly happens in "The Matrix Reloaded" would really take a couple of chapters, so I’ll just try to keep things simple. There’s a power struggle going on in Zion as it seems not everyone shares in Morpheus’ (Laurence Fishburne) belief that Neo (Keanu Reeves) can save them. That and the fact that Commander Lock (Harry Lennix) is jazzing Morpheus’ old main squeeze, Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith).

Neo, also, has his own internal power struggle going on, not really sure what his destiny really is. Sure, everyone’s got their issues, but the main problem is that the machines have Sentinals boring their way through the rocks to get to Zion and erase humanity. But do we really care about what’s going on in Zion? No, we want Neo in the Matrix because that’s where the action is. Well, again Neo is off to see the Oracle (Gloria Foster), and again she gives him some cryptic messages, and now Neo is off to find the Keymaker (Randall Duk Kim), because he knows the way for Neo to get to the mainframe computer so Neo can take it out. Since we’re now in the Matrix, we know things won’t be easy for our band of characters, and other than Neo fighting hundreds of Agent Smiths (Hugo Weaving) at one time, some really cool teleporting twins, and his wacky meeting with The Architect (the supposed creator of the Matrix), we finally get the action we’ve been waiting for in the movie. But is it enough? Sadly, no, it doesn’t save "The Matrix Reloaded" from being a blip on the way to the finale maybe because there is just too much information, no real explanations other than a speech from The Architect that in the end, doesn’t really make sense, and whereas "The Matrix" kept everything going at a quick pace, "The Matrix Reloaded" suffers from to many drawn out scenes that seem more like filler than essential plot.

There are a lot of cool things in "The Matrix Reloaded," namely the twins, the Agent Smith fighting scene, and car/motorcycle/truck chase scene, but there is also a lot of crap, or at least things that seemed unnecessary. One thing that totally stuck out was the tribal dancing scene intermixed with Neo and Trinity doing the nasty. Then there was the ending which left too many unanswered questions. Also a little too drawn out was the committee meeting which could have really been wrapped up in seconds rather than the grandstanding that went on.

Ultimately I had two problems with "The Matrix Reloaded." First was the lack of any answers to too many questions which I really don’t think can be wrapped up in the final chapter. And last was the pacing of the movie, which dragged on at too many times, not wrapping you into the story but rather having you sitting there wondering when the next action sequence is. That left me only giving "The Matrix Reloaded" 3 stars out of 5. It’s a definite set-up for the final chapter, but short of some really cool action sequences, this one just didn’t have you on the edge our your seat for over two hours, maybe only about 45 minutes.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!


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