The Matrix Reloaded (Widescreen Edition) [DVD]
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In the second chapter of the Matrix trilogy, Zion falls under siege to the Machine Army. Only hours before 250,000 Sentinels destroy the last human enclave on Earth--and its growing resistance--Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) choose to return to the Matrix with Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), unleashing their arsenal of extraordinary skills and weaponry against the forces of repression and exploitation.Now, at the confluence of love and truth, faith and knowledge, purpose and reason, Neo must follow the course he has chosen if he is to save humanity from the dark fate that haunts his dreams--The Matrix Reloaded.]]>
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When I first saw the film, well, I didn't like it too much. It seemed to be over-packed with CGI Fight scenes and a storyline that didn't really mean anything. While Zion is under attack, Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus must find the keymaster to unlock the doors to the mainframe and end the war, thus freeing Zion.
This entire storyline, to me, seemed contrived, making the fight scenes seem meeningless, their overzealous and sometimes long running effects just becoming tiresome.
But, then I got it. Weeks after seeing it, it finally clicked.
They symbolism of these films is much deeper than the average action-movie viewer is usually given. Yes -- the entire "The One-Saves the world" storyline is meaningless, and that's the point. While paying too much attention to events within the computer-generated fantasy world of the Matrix, the real world, and Zion, fall into greater danger.
We are introduced to two 'french' characters, programs, which exist simply to experience life. While they are among the long list of villians in this piece, they are also the key to the story. They describe the situation in as much in the film, seeing our heroes as mere puppets in a meaningless plot, which, in fact, they are.
While are main characters are engaged in a meaningless task, struggling to achieve goal after goal in a virtual world, events of the real world are dire, and, just perhaps, if more attention were paid to the real-world events, perhaps the situation would not be so dire.Read more ›
The core of the second movie is the discovery that the entire premise of the first was a lie. The Prophecy is just another layer of control. The machines created Zion, selected the One, and set him up to start the cycle, just to keep people pacified; the naturally rebellious would have an outlet for their energies that could never threaten the status quo at all. Zion and the human resistance are no more nor less than a machine-created pressure valve for the Matrix itself. That idea is brilliantly clever; breathtakingly so. If the movie had been made with that at its heart, with everything else there just to serve the story, you'd have a movie that excelled the first, and could stand alone. But that wasn't what happened. And the failure of that story means that the last movie failed too, because its own story was equally muddled and equally squandered, and that compounded the problems.Read more ›
And what about the albino twins? Who were they supposed to be? Edgar and Johnny Winters' concert reunion? I thought they were supposed to be able to materialize wherever they wanted to. SO WHY A CAR CHASE??? Why did Neo stick around to fight hundreds of Smiths when he could have just flown away? Why the techno-rave-unneccessary sex scene? Why was Morpheus a wimp?
WHY DID I WATCH THIS TURKEY??? If you haven't seen it yet, then preserve your fond memories of the original by avoiding this one. Stink-ola. And no, I will not be coughing up any more dough to the Wachowski Brothers, or whoever is responsible. 5 stars for visuals, -3 for no plot. -2 another for that dumb 'Architect' speech. +1 for finally ending.
It starts off with Neo dreaming of Trinity's death. This especially worries him now that the two of them are extra close. Things only get worse when it's realized that the machines threatening Zion are moving in closer and will threaten the city's survival if something isn't done in twelve hours (specifically if something isn't done by Neo, him being The One and all). You've probably heard that Agent Smith now has the ability to copy himself from anyone else in the Matrix. I won't tell you how (I hate spoilers as much as the next guy). I will say that it's an especially cool way to bring him back for the sequel, gining him much more power and presenting a seemingly unsurpassable conflict. There's an superbly done car chase thrown in near the end, plus a good look into the city of Zion and a lot of incredible secrets unveiled about the Matrix. I give it a missing star because there were just a few points in the plot I couldn't understand, but that is absolutely it.Read more ›
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Having seen the whole trilogy enough to mostly get it, I would advise any potential consumer that while Revolutions does indeed jump the shark, Reloaded is well worth the price of... Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Estherfan
Action pack, excellent cinematography and yet thought provoking! It's a must see!Published 16 days ago by Marilynn Abraham
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