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THE MATRIX RELOADED, 2003
Starring Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Ann Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Monica Bellucci, Jada Pinkett Smith
6 months after the events depicted in The Matrix, Neo has proved to be a good omen for the free humans, as more and more humans are being freed from the matrix and brought to Zion, the one and only stronghold of the Resistance. Neo himself has discovered his superpowers including super speed, ability to see the codes of the things inside the matrix and a certain degree of pre-cognition. But a nasty piece of news hits the human resistance: 250,000 machine sentinels are digging to Zion and would reach them in 72 hours. As Zion prepares for the ultimate war, Neo, Morpheus and Trinity are advised by the Oracle to find the Keymaker who would help them reach the Source. Meanwhile Neo's recurrent dreams depicting Trinity's death have got him worried and as if it was not enough, Agent Smith has somehow escaped deletion, has become more powerful than before and has fixed Neo as his next target.
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Everything that was so innovative and original in the first film is thrown out the window in this film. Instead, we are handed an expositional heavy art film. The first film was about revelations about the world that we believe to be true and gaining a fresh perspective on the new one – all the more while realizing our role in this new world. The second film… Dance raves, sex scenes, romantic nonsense and arguing – lots and lots of tedious arguing. Granted, the conflict of beliefs is in fact an interesting one – but not something a cyber punch action film is supposed to be about. Not a sequel anyway. There is an expectation to be had that the story will continue and the stakes will rise. And they do, however the problem here is that there is no immediate call to action. The characters have way too much time on their hands…. So they talk. And argue. And tell each other they love each other. And then argue some more.
Machines are coming to the human headquarters buried beneath the earth. Agent Smith is taking over the Matrix – one person at a time. While, the endgame of both unfolding stories is very promising: the wait for them to get around to happening is somewhat frustrating. To fill the time we are graced with Neo and Trinity’s love affair and the arguments between religious leaders. The plot? To find a hacker program called “The Keymaster” who can allow our hero to access the Matrix’s mainframe. Spoiler alert – it really doesn’t matter. Normally I would not blatantly post such a spoiler, but I feel compelled to let a viewer know that the plot of this film is wasting your time.
Jada Pinkett-Smith is the only new real addition to the mythology this go around. She doesn’t really have much of a character, but makes do with what she has. The rest of the cast carries on the same with one exception – Laurence Fishburne. His Morpheous is given much more material as a spiritual leader in this installment that you can help but be inspired by his words. His unshakable belief is resolute and strong, a bright light in a film with characters surrounded by doubt and confusion.
The Wachowski’s sadly disappoint in their lack of ingenuity this go around. Simply because, through comparison to the first film, there’s not a whole lot new going on this go around. There are some interesting effects – flying and clones, but besides that there is nothing that happens that lasts through the whole film.
One of the problems with a hit film’s follow up is the expansion of a budget. Bigger = better. In reality, the larger the budget, the lazier the film maker. The cinematography is the first piece of evidence here, as many of the slo-mo bullet time shots are completely superfluous this time around. There is a higher quality of film allows for a broader color range, better lights and better color correction and post work. The problem here is the abundance of color. The first film was able to carry a balance between the style and what pleases the eye. Here, the over saturation can distract the eyes and become annoying after a while. The framing and shot design are just as solid as the first film, but that is where the continuity and enjoyment end.