Matrix Reloaded Review

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Posted by elvum (19th May 2003, 00:25)

The film had one or two good moments. The rest just ruled. All the funky things you remember from the trailer are even cooler seen in full. The only problem is that you can spend an entire sequence waiting for one particular scene - the exploding mountain of Agent Smiths is a good example. Or maybe that's just me :-)

The film consists of long action sequences mixed in with long philosophy sequences, and if that's your thang, you'll love the film. :-) There were one or two places where I thought they were wrong to cut out establishing shots - one moment you're in Zion, the next you're on the Nebuchadnezzar some time later. You get to learn a lot more about the universe of the Matrix films; possibly more than you'd like at the end, and there's a even a small amount of character development. I'd mention Trinity's "realistic hacking" scene, but it's gone in a flash, and if you care then you'll already know about it.

The special effects are really rather good. Lots more things happen in bullet time than in the first film - congratulations in particular to the team charged with making explosions look interesting. I liked the soundtrack too - I still want to identify the music that plays during the freeway scene, except this time it's a different piece of music. I suspect Paul Oakenfold. The cinematography is great too - I strongly suspect that much of the film has been digitally graded in post-production: the scenes inside the Matrix are green-tinged and coldly lit, the sewers of contemporary Earth are blue and Zion itself is warm oranges.

Oh yes, there's a spoon. (Or is there? Was that a spoiler?) There's also a short scene that SIers shouldn't watch - details on request :-)

This being a sequel, there's a lot of explanation they don't go through - if you don't know what the Matrix is, you should definitely see the orignal first. But then, who hasn't? And who's to say you know what the Matrix *really* is? And who's to say what knowing is? And, and...

Oh yeah, it's a bit of a cliffhanger. And I'll be disappointed if the conundrum posed by the last sequence is resolved in the most obvious way, but I really shouldn't go into any detail on that one :-)

Anyway, go, see and enjoy. If you don't grin throughout the first five minutes and for at least 40% of the rest of the film, then you're weird.

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 Sulkyblue ( 22nd May 2003, 11:58, Rank: Nazgul )  reply

Trying to keep reasonably spoiler free, but I'll probably fail

I'd agree with pretty much everything Elvum said. Especially the exploding Smith bit. This also had the rather negative side of a couple of inspirational speeches that featured heavily in trailers making you go 'shut up and get on with it' rather than conveying depth and emotion and that sort of twaddle

The fights, effects and stunts definately make the film. A couple of them I felt did go on a little long (yeah we get it, many Smiths, Neo kicking arse, move on) but htere was enough variety that they kept interesting.

If anythign I felt what let the film down was the plot. I'm not saying it's not a good plot, but it wasn't presented very well. I kept finding myself tuning out and watching things in the background. There were definate exposition scenes between the fights meaning they didn't really integrate very well (imho of course). Consequently I'm going to need to see it a second time just to not be overwhelmed by the effects. I suspect I'll fail ;0)

Spoon? What spoon? There is no spoon.

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 John Kirk ( 23rd May 2003, 02:42, Rank: Patrician )  reply

In brief, I liked it - I thought it was a decent film, and a fun way to spend a couple of hours. However, it could have been better - I was much more interested in the plot developments than the action scenes, which often seemed gratuitous. It also seems to be a bit vague about how closely people are tied to the normal rules of reality (aside from Neo). See my LiveJournal/website for more details/spoilers :)

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