The Wachowskis return to write and direct The Matrix Reloaded in 2003. Warner Bros. released the science fiction film on May 7th where it broke a box-office record by becoming the highest-grossing rated ‘R’ movie of all-time until Deadpool premiered.
Six months after the first film, Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) are in a relationship. Their ship is recalled to Zion by Commander Lock (Harry Lennix), but Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) asks one ship to stay behind to wait for contact with the Oracle (Gloria Foster). Captain Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith) agrees to wait for contact. When they reach Zion, Lock warns that the machines are approaching and will overtake the city. Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) returns and takes over the human body to attempt to kill Neo. Later, Niobe contacts them and Neo enters the Matrix, meeting Seraph (Collin Chou), who protects the Oracle (Gloria Foster). She tells him that the Frenchman (Lambert Wilson) is holding the Keymaker (Randall Duk Kim) and he can reach “the Source,” which will stop the attack on Zion.
Four years after the first one, but the special effects did not improve much. It was one of the integral parts of what made that movie so excellent. However, this one relies too heavily on CGI and even for its time, it stands out. Now I am a defender of CGI, but it still should be well-done. This time around, it does not serve the movie. Bill Pope, on the other hand, returns to do a stellar job with the cinematography. His keen eye for shots and camera-angles improve the movie.
Once again, the principal actors all do an excellent job. Fishburne, Reeves, Moss, Weaving, are all excellent in their roles. Likewise, a few of the newcomers like Lennix, Smith, but especially Chou and Duk Kim are incredible. However, there are some secondary characters such as Wilson who incredibly forgettable. Same with Monica Bellucci as Persephone and Anthony Zerbe as Councillor Hamann. While their acting skills are excellent, you almost forget they are there.
I did enjoy the story. It seemed more straightforward with fewer twists and curves than the first one. This one relies more heavily on action and a faster pace, which really added to the appeal of the movie.
As I stated above, this movie shifts its tone from a philosophical comment on man and machine to a straight-up action film. While it is still peppered with faith, it all feels so forced as if they were like, “Oh yeah, we probably shouldn’t leave that out.” Also, Neo’s progression as the one was not transitioned well. He goes from being burdened to acceptance and everywhere in between.
Bottom line, while the film is enjoyable, the special effects are not much better than the first film. The main protagonists and antagonists are interesting, but the secondary ones are lackluster. It is still a decent watch.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Some sexual content, Violence, Strong foul language
FAVORITE QUOTE: Hope, it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness.
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This article has been updated from a previous version.