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The Matrix Reloaded [VHS] [2003]

Keanu Reeves|Laurence Fishburne|Carrie-Anne Moss|Hugo Weaving , Andy & Larry Wachowski    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Keanu Reeves|Laurence Fishburne|Carrie-Anne Moss|Hugo Weaving
  • Directors: Andy & Larry Wachowski
  • Language: English, French
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 10 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000062V90
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,586 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first of two sequels to the 1999 blockbuster. Keanu Reeves returns as Neo, joined by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) to continue their fight against the Machine Army - wearing their by now familiar long black overcoats and dark glasses. Zion, the last human city on Earth becomes the battleground as Neo discovers new super-human abilities, although things become complicated because he and Trinity have embarked on a serious romance. The film was shot in tandem with the third instalment 'The Matrix Revolutions'.

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The Matrix Reloaded delivers added amounts of everything that the first film had, with the exception of surprises. We see more of the "real world" in the "last human city" of Zion and we go back to the 1999-look urban virtual reality of the Matrix for more encounters with artificially-intelligent baddies and--the real reason you've turned up--a lot more martial arts superheroics.

The downside is that this is just part one of a two-pack of sequels, with Revolutions required to tie up the story and sort out a great deal of plot confusion. There are other problems: none of the stars have much good material to work with outside the fights and stunts, which makes the film sorely miss the mix of science fiction thrills and character interplay of the original instalment.

However, the Wachowski Brothers still deliver more than enough stand-alone instant classic action sequences to make you ignore their duff script: in particular, Reeves and Hugo Weaving square off in a rumble that gets dicey, as more and more identical Weavings come out of the woodwork to pile on the lone hero; and a full quarter of an hour is devoted to a chase through the Matrix that lets Laurence Fishburne shoulder the heroic business. A last-reel encounter with a virtual God, the architect of the Matrix, finally delivers some major plot advances, but the scene is so brilliantly shot and designed--with Reeves framed against a wall of TV screens that show multiple versions of himself--that it's easy to be distracted by the decor and miss the point of what's being said. --Kim Newman

On the DVD: The Matrix Reloaded two-disc set amazingly has very little in-depth stuff on this physically impressive movie; there's not even a commentary track. Perhaps the Wachowski Brothers want to keep their enigmatic aura, or perhaps there's a better DVD coming after the trilogy ends? Best here is the 30-minute feature on the incredible freeway chase: here you get the inside scoop on how the titanic 12-minute sequence was put together. There's plenty of material on the second disc, but it's just filler, with the actors talking about how great it is to work again with the Matrix team and plenty of quick edits of explosions and other "cool" things. There's a segment on product placement, 30 minutes on how the video game was created and the MTV Movie Awards parody. The features feel more like pre-movie hype than post-film deconstruction. Dolby 5.1 sound is suitably spectacular--but there's no DTS option--and the super-wide 2.40:1 picture is, of course, pin-sharp, bringing out all the lavish detail and highlighting the contrast between the green-hued Matrix and the grimy grey real world. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much talking and action and no imagination 1 Jan 2009
By Stampy
Format:DVD
Neo (Reeves) consults the Oracle about his nightmares as the machines dig deeper towards Zion.

The Matrix blew minds at the turn of the century with its intellectual decoding of reality and with many unanswered questions a sequel was always needed. Sadly with this sequel plenty went unanswered and more problems were generated through a ridiculous debate of choice, encoding of action conventions and a pathetic prophecy that demeans the potential of the one.

This narrative desperately tries to pick up a healthy real life debate as its predecessor did so easily. The ongoing outdrawn discourse about how choice is created through power and how difficult decisions can hold anyone back. There is simply too much discussion of this concept through the too long film which inevitably leads to the central protagonist having to face this concept. Its as predictable as tomorrow which coming from a massive Sci-Fi fan is one of the biggest disappointments in the genre's history. The weight of this ideology is ruined further by the encoding of the most annoying character in cinematic history the Architect. The man talks in technical waffle, looks like your least favourite uncle and will stare you to death.

The ending of the first film showed Neo now believing he is the one so he knows his powers now. This leads you to believe, after his first fight with the agents, that he can do absolutely anything, which takes away the imagination and the fear for his character. He is now an obvious winner which again is sad to see. The prophecy puts an obvious and far fetched spin on the boring narrative in an attempt to redeem the character but fails easily.

The first film created the most frightful villains imaginable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Matrix Reloaded - He is still only human! 9 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Well watching Keanu's acting of Neo you would have never believed he could possibly be human. He is meant of course to be Thomas Anderson but that is completely non existant in this movie. Smith still refers to him by his name but it lost me as to who he was on about when i first watched this.
Reloaded ain't a patch on the first film, but is a lot better than Revolutions. I felt the old lookking Carrie Ann Moss and the actors who played Merovingian and Locke were all excellent, but the main to, Reeves and Fishbourne, were throughout very poor. Could Keanu speak up and act for once, got he gets annoying to watch, and Fishbourne over exagerated evetything and its annoying. The story at times makes little sense although overall wasn't bad. The main problem was the script, full of over the top dull philosophies and quietly muffled quirks , supposed to be comedy moments
And Neo. Well he seems indestructable, making all fight scenes pitless and they drag on to long. The film with Smith in the hallway is dreadful. He kicks one Smith, they all fall and he flies throught he door faster beforew a single smith could stop him.
Good points were there though. The car chase was awesome, although i am puzzled as to waht happened to Trinity after she cycled the wrong way. We see Neo rescue Morpheous but Trinitys escape(as she went wrong way from exit pint) wasn't there. The scene with archetect was great,if baffling and the battle with Smiths first time is great, if a little poorly edited and goes downhill once Neo attacks with the pipe.
Overall a 50/50 film
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but not as good as the original. 26 Nov 2003
By Reader
Format:DVD
Ok Ok, so it would have been hard to top the first film, and for this attempt they have a pretty good try.
Firstly, in the first film, the technical stuff made sense after a while and was actually a very clever theory. It just seems for this film that the Wachowski brothers have stuck a lot of long words together to further explain the Matrix, but it doesn't really cut it. It's not as convincing. The scene in Zion where Morpheus rouses the crowd was a bit corny and seemed a bit random. The scenes in Zion I find quite boring, to be honest. It would also just have to be a bit soppy between neo and trinity. Don't know about you, but I'd prefer 1 minute of action as opposed to 5 minutes of soppiness.
What really makes this film is the characters and in particular, the one and only Agent Smith/Hugo Weaving. His character has developed a sense of humour which he didn't have in the first film. I found myself rooting for Smith more than Neo because he is so much cooler than the good guys. Without Smith in this film, I believe it would never have worked. Fortunately, he return with a vengence (and 100 clones) to kick Neo's ass (which, let's face it, we all kinda want to see! Come on Smith!)
The Twins are also superb. They are also very creepy but speak very softly and politely. The contadiction of their character and voices is strange but it works.
The fightng scenes are the kind that only the Matrix could have. Utterly superb. Not to mention the amazing car chase which lasts about 20 minutes.
Fortunately, the good outweighs the bad and Reloaded does what it set out to do. Too much cheese (love, Zion) and not enough Smith would be my major complaint though.
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2.0 out of 5 stars High Expectations... 26 Jun 2003
By A Customer
Format:Theatrical Release
Well, I'll start this review with the bad facts about this film. To begin with, the script can't be compared to the first movie, which was absolutely fantastic, and at the most part, you get the feeling that there is nothing more to this movie than punching and kicking. Additionally, I had the feeling that so much fighting was brought to the film in order to balance the shallow storyline, since the film had to be of an adequate length...
OK I have to admit that the first movie had to bring to the spectator this magnificent world/concept that the Matrix world represents, and therefore it was easier for the writers/director to bring the story to the audience. On the other hand, I believe that whoever saw the first movie expected much more from the second one than what was actually presented by the studio.
On the other hand, I have to give my compliments to all those people who designed and implemented the special effects. If you thought that the first movie was great in that respect, think again! The graphics seem, and are, out of this world! Absolutely magnificent!
In conclusion, it seems that I will remain a fan of the matrix movies for just one reason. I am expecting much more out of the third film and I will definitely be disappointed if the script won't be of absolutely sky-high standards, as it was on the original film.
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