The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

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Neo and Trinity are back and they need to save those that are still stuck in The Matrix. They have freed many minds and many have sought them out to be freed. Even though they know they need to do it they really want some time along so THEY can do it themselves. So many want their time and they just want some time to themselves. That is the initial setup of the film that really wasn’t as good as the first. The film was too staged and you can almost see what is going to happen before it does. I know that it might be to show how Neo is dealing with his new powers but come on, we need more suspense then we are getting with this one.

In the opening sequences we see Neo (Keanu Reeves) having to fight Agents of The Matrix and he easily blocks each one as if it is just a training exercise till one almost gets by the staged moves. His response was “Huh, upgrades” and then the battle goes into wire work and off the wall unrealistic stuff. Even if he can see a gazillion moves ahead the audience wants to see action and suspense and not just a training film on how to block the slowest punch in the world. There had to be a better way to do those shots. Yes the bullet ridden lobby scene later in the film is impressive but it is also in slow motion hell like most of all the fights in the film and it just takes away from what the film really could be.

We also find out in this film that there is more going on then just Neo and his sparing partners, we find out that the reading from a script Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) actually has a past with another ship captain Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith) who had a problem with his prophecy spouting rhetoric. Still she believes in him as a man that wants to save Zion, the only remaining human city on the planet, and will do what she can to make sure he is able to keep Zion safe.

We don’t know how long the time has been between the first and second film but does it really matter other then the fact that maybe that should have been the film and not this one. Add to that you have Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) back from the digital grave that has learned how to copy himself onto others, even to be able to leave the Matrix all together. He wants Nero and not just to kill him but to absorb him and make Neo a clone of himself. He is taking over the Matrix and the master programmer doesn’t seem to care. Why not just absorb him and be done with it all but then I guess we would not have a reason for another bad movie.

This film is so scripted that if you watch it more then once you feel like you are reading a poorly written stage script for some insane Sci-Fi adventure that is doomed to fail. At least the special effects, even if staged, make up for the bad, forced acting and the staged action scenes. So if you like eye candy and not just the physical body kind, then you will be able to enjoy this film. Even if you do like the body kind of eye candy, you will still be able to enjoy this film. To be honest, the more interesting parts of the film are not even the action sequences as they show you a much more deeper side of what is really going on and what is still to come in the next film after this one.

I give this film a Musing review of ★★★☆☆☆