The Matrix Reloaded (2003) Review


Verdict: All right

Interesting progression, visually pleasing, action too much like a video game.

Review

Neo (Keanu Reeves) has become comfortable with his powers and with Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), they are part of the world of rebels who live in Zion. Link (Harold Perrineau) is their new operator and with this new team, Morpheus believes in seeing out the prophecy given by the oracle (Gloria Foster). Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith) and her team decide to help Morpheus on his mission. Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) still holds a grudge towards Neo and he has gotten more powerful. New characters are introduced such as the twins (Adrian and Neil Rayment), The Keymaker (Randall Duk Kim), The Architect (Helmut Bakaitis), Persephone (Monica Bellucci) and Merovingjan (Lambert Wilson). Directed and written by Andy and Lana Wachowski.

The film doesn’t exactly start off from where it left off and I was confused as to whether I was watching the right film. I had to make sure multiple times that The Matrix Reloaded came before The Matrix Revolutions as they came out in the same year. So there was the initial confusion at the beginning.

The story was still pretty interesting, and builds on what happened in the first film, and not merely repeating instances of it. I have read reviews that talk about so many religious meanings to this film, but I have not read anywhere that it is actually based on any philosophical/biblical myths. I guess that is open to interpretation as the Wachowski duo excluded themselves from interviews and talking of the films, leaving the films to speak for itself.

[I just had a thought that maybe The Sims game was influenced by this. Perhaps.]

The action was all very well done again but at the same time felt pretty prolonged. For example Neo fights Agent Smith and the fight goes on and on and on. I really do not think it needed to be that long. Plus it was very video game like and that showed in the animation sequences of the action. The visual effects help it a lot as the whole film has this kind of virtual look and thus the animation stuff does not look so obvious.

I am giving this film a pretty moderate rate, as I did not like some of the elements incorporated into this, especially that of the white patriarchal society. Basically, once you learn about how to see the underlying ideology in film, it is hard to find a film that does not conform to this ideology. Here are just some factors: A white man with all the power saves them, the female is asked to step out, the female needs saving, at the head of all this is a white man and so on. It is good that they have a lot of other ethnicities included in the film but their roles are very stereotypical; the Hispanic is a fortune teller, the Chinese are fighters or the brains and ultimately the white men are always the ones in charge.

So as much as this film is enjoyable, and this series very intriguing, it has fallen from its initial attraction for me.

To sum-up:
PROS: Cool story, visual effects,
CONS: Video game like action, ideology

I give this a 6/10.

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