The Matrix Reloaded
October 14, 2010
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Directors: Andy Wachowski/Larry Wachowski
Writers: Andy Wachowski/Larry Wachowski
Producer: Andy Wachowski/Larry Wachowski/Grant Hill/Joel Silver
Starring: Keanu Reeves/Laurence Fishburne/Carrie-Anne Moss/Hugo Weaving
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 138 minutes
The Matrix is one of the most iconic movies of the nineties and had really raised the bar in the science-fiction genre and from this, a sequel was born in the form of The Matrix Reloaded. The only thing that The Matrix Reloaded had to do was to out-do the first one in everything: from the story to the writing. Unfortunately, The Matrix Reloaded failed to do so. So in The Matrix Reloaded, Neo, Trinity and Morpheus continue to lead the revolution against the machines. This time, they re-enter the Matrix to gain more knowledge about the Matrix and its creator and Neo’s role in saving the human race. Even though The Matrix Reloaded has some great special effects and a couple of cool action scenes, it misses the two main things that made us all love The Matrix in the first place: A proper story and a brilliant script. Don’t get me wrong, I thought the story was decent enough to keep your attention but it’s quite weak compared to The Matrix and isn’t the same quality either. The story is actually quite predictable and the things that happened in the movie became a little predictable too, however there is no denying that it was done in quite a stylish fashion. The script is something that is unintentionally laughable at times but not because it’s funny, but because it’s unbelievable how the Wachowski brothers had written such a fantastic movie and then had written an average sequel. The Matrix was philosophical and made you ask questions about the movie as well as having that feeling that reality may not be reality at all. The Matrix Reloaded, however, didn’t have any of those feelings nor did it make you ask any questions but it felt like it focused all of it’s energies mainly on the action scenes, the stunts and the CGI and not caring much about the story or the script.
The Matrix Reloaded also had hardly any character development and you didn’t care as much about the characters like you did in The Matrix, however it is lucky enough that you cared about them so much in The Matrix that you still cared about them a little in The Matrix Reloaded. Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne return as Neo, Trinity and Morpheus and they did a good job with their characters but they were definitely much better in The Matrix. The special effects were great and the action scenes were good but there were a couple of fighting scenes which I found to either be too drawn-out, over-the-top or completely unrealistic. Yes, while I get that The Matrix does tend to have action scenes that more than likely can not realistically happen in any way, there were a couple of scenes where it went a little overboard and you couldn’t get into them properly. There were also quite a few clichés in the movie such as the birds flying out at the screen revealing Agent Smith walking in slow motion, however it does not put you off the movie and is a minor problem about the movie.
The Matrix Reloaded is average and decent enough as a stand-alone movie but as a sequel, it’s very disappointing, completely frustrating and could have been much more improved. We’ve seen what the Wachowski brothers can do and they release a sequel that’s not as good as the first and takes away all of the elements that made us love The Matrix. It wasn’t all about the CGI, the flashy fight scenes or the action (even though it helped) but it was more about its clever script and its imaginative story which, unfortunately, is not really seen in The Matrix Reloaded. If you liked The Matrix, do not expect the sequel to be just as good but do expect some great action sequences and some great use of special effects. Overall, The Matrix Reloaded is quite a disappointing sequel to the brilliant first movie. However, the two-minute trailer to the movie (shown above) is much better than the movie itself.