Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Lawrence Fishburne,
Jada Pinkett Smith and Hugo Weaving.
Directed /written by: Andy & Larry Wachowski
Matrix mega-watted sequel, Matrix Reloaded should've been
called, The Matrix Overloaded!
all waited for what seems like eons to see Neo's sexy skirmishes
and Trinity's hard core combats rip up the screen in their smooth
and MR opens with a triumphant eye-popping
action sequence that'll get you salivating in anticipation for
what's about to come bulleting towards you. But alas, your
spit will be for not.
Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) are
back in Zion - the dwelling within the Earth of escaped Matrix
humans. Many Zionites welcome Neo as "The One" and he
is held up as a deity. All he wants to do is get-down-get-funky
(Lawrence Fishburne) is having a hard time convincing the counsel
(etc.) that not only is Neo "The One" but only he can
save the struggling inner-world from the machines that are presently
digging down towards them.
must lead a crew to The Keymaker (Randall Duk Kim) to discover
a rogue program's where abouts that will ultimately free the humans
from the dreaded Matrix once and for all
if he doesn't succeed?
It's totally inhalation for Zion and the machines will have complete
it goes something like that. I left my Cliff notes at home that
you've got to see it - I know. But be prepared for
messy CGI - in one particularly cool scene where about 300 Mr.
Smiths (Hugo Weaving) are frolicking about beating up Neo the
animators missed a ten second slow-mo jump that frankly looked
like David and Goliath claymation! Dear god what an inexcusable
faux pas. Then there's the stunt man shot of Carrie-Anne Moss
in the infamous highway battle scene. This scene deserves every
ounce of hoopla it is getting! But again, 52 million dollars and
they cut to a stunt double of Carrie in a wig that is obviously
shorter atop a body about three sizes smaller! ARGH! There's also
this wildly different styled Ewok-like fifteen minute drum circle/orgy
festival the canvas smock clad people of Zion partake in that
had me checking for the welcomed glow of the neon exit signs!
if all that doesn't bite the rotten kielbasa found in the fridge's
third drawer weeks after purchase- the dialog is campy and more
like a paper-thin script of Star Trek then a Hollywood multimillion-dollar
extravaganza! Shame on them. Oh, and fear not Matrixians, you'll
get plenty of "Matrix" action shots though! Of course
by now that once oh-so-cool look is ssssooo over done that even
within its source it seems a tad MadTV-ish.
Reeves manages to be in a two and a half hour movie and speak
about five words - perhaps that's a good thing? Silent mysterious
men wearing black on black with black and a smirk are tré
cast members are simply reprising their roles, precisely, and
some additions (Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson and adorable
Harold Perrineau Jr.) are thrown into the pot to germinate for
the next and final film. The creepiest being the albino ghoul
twin team (Adrian and Neil Rayment) that are hunting Neo and crew
Speaking: You've got to see it for the the delightfully extravagant
action scenes, a dynamic ass-kicking soundtrack (again) and of
course the sexy duo of Neo and Trinity. But the magic of The
Matrix is nowhere to be found, this felt ultimately like a
long theme park ride - sorry.
Snack Recommendation: A huge bucket of "butter-like"
topped popcorn to chomp on in the silly parts...