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How NOT to make a sequel 101 - an ultimate yawn fest
on 30 May 2016
Reviewed Version: 2008 UK Blu-Ray by Warner Bros. (as part of the Complete Matrix Trilogy Blu-Ray set)
MATRIX RELOADED follows the legendary 1999 smash hit THE MATRIX, shot back-to-back with the second sequel MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, it feels the sequels were "rushed out", as they both are hugely disappointing and nowhere near the quality of the original film. I was quite surprised at how someone could completely screw up a trilogy like this, and had I known this I would have just picked up the single Blu-Ray of part 1 rather than to waste money on the box set.
Where THE MATRIX was original, new, groundbreaking and truly visually stunning, MATRIX RELOADED starts out really slow and utterly boring. When the action does start, the "WOW!-Effect" no longer applies. So, we get to see Neo facing multiple Mr. Smiths? Yawn! Overly long and tedious! The story of MATRIX RELOADED offers no surprises; add bad pacing and you already have a fatal mix: I found it very hard to sit through the 138 mins. with really nothing to grab my attention and I kept pressing the "Display" button to see how long the movie was still going to run. Overall at times it felt like a cash-in rather than a well-thought out sequel.
In the acting department Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) is by far the only good character in the sequel, while Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) appear wooden images of their former selves. Mr. Smith's (Hugo Weaver) performance is lost to a bad script for his character. What a pity, he deserved much better (and got it in THE LORD OF THE RINGS movies). I did not care for the Oracle in the original movie, but she undergoes a change of character here (not the actress's fault), that makes it even worse. Probably one of the best characters of the original, Tank (Marcus Chong) is painfully absent in the sequels.
Maybe this is a 2-star film, but I felt rather disappointed, so I'm only giving it 1 star.
Audio: English DT-HD 5.1, English DD 5.1, French DD 5.1, Italian DD 5.1, Brazilian Portuguese DD 2.0, Latin Spanish DD 2.0
Subtitles: English, French, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Dutch
Runtime: 138:15 mins.
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Extras: 2 commentaries (Philosophers commentary by Dr. Cornel West & Ken Wilder
Critics commentary by Todd McCarthy, John Powers & David Thomson), In-Movie Experience picture-in-picture commentary, Written introduction by The Wachowski Brothers, Behind The Matrix featurettes (total: 46:57), Car Chase featurette (86:07), Teahouse Fight (7:04), Unplugged (40:24), I'll handle them (17:08 Min), The Exiles (17:52), Enter The Matrix: The Game (28:13), Enter The Matrix (42:29), Musikvideo "Sleeping Awake" (3:43), Reloaded/Revolutions Teaser (1:46), The Matrix Reloaded Trailer (2:25), The Matrix Reloaded TV Spots (4:30),
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
MOVIE RATING: 1/5
Despite the movie's atrocious quality, the Blu-Ray is still state-of-the-art with superb video and audio quality and approx. 300 mins. (!) of extras.