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