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|(Word to the wise: stay through the full credits as you see a Coming Soon with The Matrix - Revoultions trailer.) Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, and the rest of their crew continue to battle the machines that have enslaved the human race in the Matrix. Now, more humans are waking up out of the matrix and attempting to live in the real world. As their numbers grow, the battle moves to Zion, the last real-world city and center of human resistance.
It's six months later, and many more people have been awakened into the real world. Zion, the human colony, is thriving and its inhabitants are plotting their rebellion against the machines. Reloaded and the November's Revolutions are rumored to be a long story arc cut in half--all of which takes place over a 36-hour period--instead of two separate movies. In the first half, Neo (Reeves) spends the bulk of his time in the Matrix learning more about his abilities.
|"I know what you're thinking, 'cause right now I'm thinking the same thing. Actually, I've been thinking it ever since I got here: Why oh why didn't I take the BLUE pill?
Consider your a Matrix afficionado? Well, try Taking The Red Pill: Philosophy and Religion in The Matrix on for size. This is no lightweight read...this book contains essays from people like artifical intelligence pioneer Dr. Ray Kurzweil and philosophy professor Dr. Nick Bostrom and covering such topics of the original film as "Finding God in The Matrix," "The Reality Paradox in The Matrix," and "Was Cypher Right?: Why We Stay in Our Matrix." Nice light reading while waiting for the sequels.
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Review: Well, I can say one thing for Reloaded. All the money is on the screen (although in such instances as The Hurly Burly fight with a 100 Smith's it feels like we are watching a bloodless video game rather than an R-Rated action film). But something bothers me, and I know a lot of you were instant lovers of this flick and will hate to step back and see the reality...to look at the Matrix outside of it's glossy box if you will.
This is a film that repeatedly hits you over the head with its theme of 'choices'. This is rather an odd thing considering the Wachowski Bros. didn't make enough of those themselves, at least not the necessary choice. Editing. This film could use a good shearing. In fact, that's about all "the bad" I can say about this film, but when most films are 'made' in the editing, that's a lot of "the bad".
I am assuming that endless first half hour which may have seemed full of wonder and awe when first viewed (but believe me will become tedious in the second and third screenings) are set-up for Revolution but if it isn't...yikes. Honestly. I actually turned to my friend Pamela during 'the Rave' scene and said, this really isn't necessary. That and I don't think a big dance sequence is really the way to prep for battle. You ever fire a big ol' gun with a hangover? Never a good thing, even with Tylenol coursing through your veins.
You know what I miss from the original The Matrix? The edge. The grit of it. The Matrix was a dark little sci-fi flick. It was shot in a down n' nasty kind of manner. Reloaded looks like a catwalk verison of the original. Flashy, glossy, and full of things to buy...jackets, cars, motorcycles, shades, shades and more shades. Is that a bad thing? Probably not. The fans won't care and most people won't notice, but I miss that edge.
The truth is, in this case, writing a review of the film isn't really a fair outing. After all, with this being merely half a movie, I am yet to know if any of my comments might be redundant when the other half hits the screen in November. Perhaps I will be made to look like a whining fool, which is often the truth.
So without further ado, and with as little spoilage as possible, I will tell you what I liked about Reloaded.
The Architect Scene. Full of endless techno babble but a glimmer of a fascinating idea. Neo - version 6.0 - a discussion that will lose most in it's meandering dialogue but reiterates its points in so many ways as to finally get the idea through to the audience. Despite its rambling, the core of the idea is a good one and leaves hope for some interesting revelations in the final third of the series.
The car chase...a helluva ride, but again, shorten it by five minutes. Everything goes on so long the audience feels winded after each action sequence. Twice it could have been ended neatly but it just keeps coming and after a while...enough is enough.
The Architect for saying (I'm paraphrasing here) "I find your reactions fascinating" to a reactionless Keanu Reeves. I'm going to put myself out on a critical cliff here and say, "You know, I don't really think that Keanu Reeves is all that good an actor."
I love the fact that the film is obviously using The Empire Strikes Back as a frame of reference for making this sequel, but that leaves me with fear that perhaps somehow the Ewoks will regroup and show up in Zion for the third film.
Another thing I did like was the incorporation of The Last Flight of The Osiris (from The Animatrix) storyline in Reloaded. It was merely a brief moment in the film but it gives me (again with this word) hope that a lot of the little side stories in The Animatrix have more resonance within The Matrix trilogy. However, like a friend of mine said, wouldn't it have been nice if they trimmed out some of the endless scenes (re: The Rave, or chopped down the car chase) and perhaps opened with the delivery of the transmissions from The Osiris as it is destroyed? This would have been much better than the opening sequence which is such an old film trick - The Dream sequence. Aside from looking great, this dream sequence just sets the audience up for that sound of inevitability, that sound is a movie being padded out as we grow even more uncomfortable in theatre chairs.
I'm not saying I loved this film, because I didn't. I'm not saying I hated it either...because, well, parts of it were fun and sometimes you're lucky if you get an iota of fun after paying your theatre admission. But I am saying that the third film, or the second half of this one (whichever comes first), has a long way to go to really capture the impact of the first flick. And if that makes sense, great, if not, I'll just sum up with a neat little number system: 3 out of 5. See you in November.
Copyright© Written By: Rob Paul
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