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The Matrix Reloaded

Published October 8, 2013

The Matrix Reloaded

Film info

  • Title The Matrix Reloaded
  • Directors
  • Year 2003
  • Run time
  • Genres
  • Tagline Free your mind

In the second chapter of the Matrix trilogy, Zion falls under siege to the Machine Army. Only hours before 250,000 Sentinels destroy the last human enclave on Earth--and its growing resistance--Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) choose to return to the Matrix with Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), unleashing their arsenal of extraordinary skills and weaponry against the forces of repression and exploitation.Now, at the confluence of love and truth, faith and knowledge, purpose and reason, Neo must follow the course he has chosen if he is to save humanity from the dark fate that haunts his dreams--The Matrix Reloaded.

Fast Facts

Title: The Matrix Reloaded Director: Andy & Lana Wachowski Year: 2003 Run time: 2 hrs 18 mins

Background Info

I think it’s a generally established fact that the first Matrix film is one of the best things ever, whilst the second two are not so much. However, I know that everyone around me hated them a lot more than me, and I remember having arguments with people about them at the time. Unfortunately, since then, I’ve realised there are only two scenes from the second two films that I can remember, which doesn’t help me at all. So, we needed to work our way through the entire trilogy so the arguments could recommence!

Live Blog

0:30 - I really like that they make all the idents a bit green and matrixy. 5:18 - That’s Michael! 6:13 - “Are we ready to go?” “We’re already late.” 10:23 - Being known as “The Anomaly” can’t do much for your self-esteem. 16:46 - Even in Matrix-land, there’s a woman getting in the way. 19:51 - “I do not believe it to be a matter of hope, it is simply a matter of time.” 26:54 - It’s like Zion’s version of Stomp. 35:56 - That’s a pretty huge engineering level. I wonder if there’s an actual plan for everything in there. 41:11 - I assume they get to choose what clothes they appear in the Matrix with, they could probably do with blending in a bit more. 42:56 - “You do not truly know someone until you fight them.” 49:43 - “Then Zion will fall…” No pressure or anything! 54:56 - I don’t know how they filmed this multiple Smith fight scene, but it’s amazing. 57:47 - The bit with the pole is slightly less believable but still fab. 1:04:56 - Yay for French! 1:11:04 - You should always be wary of someone who puts on lipstick and then asks for a kiss. Or too many spy movies? 1:22:14 - It’s weird to see a car without massive product placement. 1:24:56 - “Where is he?” “Just follow the sirens.” 1:28:51 - I wonder if those yellow water things exploding was a Speed reference. 1:37:25 - Love Michael’s YES! It must be awful just watching everything unfold on screen. 1:42:12 - I’m finding the sentinels a lot more scary this time round. 1:47:36 - Yea, you don’t get away with calling Trinity “Little Lady”.

Conclusions

I actually really quite like this. Neither of the scenes I could remember were in it, and even as the story unfolded, I couldn’t have told you what was going to happen next - but as it was gradually happening, it was all coming back to me.

There’s plenty not to enjoy, I know, and it’s not a patch on the first one. It’s not a necessary film, but I like that they have expanded on the world of the Matrix, and introduced new ideas like ghosts and vampires, and that we got to hear more from the awesome Oracle. I like the underground city, especially.

Some of the effects were absolutely incredible. That epic highway scene was great, and I swear, up until he picked up the pole, there were moments in the multiple Agent Smith fight that I truly believed they had managed to find 80 Hugo Weavings from somewhere.

**Rating: **3/5

Rating: Unrated

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