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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not quite up to the hype, 27 May 2003
I saw Reloaded on its opening weekend, and thought it was okay, but disappointing. If the first one was Star Wars, this would have been the Phantom Menace.
The plot was convoluted and unclear, and all exposition with the Oracle/Keymaster/Architect/Source stuff was very heavy-handed - that degree of complexity might have been okay in a comic or TV series (anyone else watch Babylon 5?), but the was too much to get through in a movie.
Editing was poor as well - very little happened for ages, so the film was badly paced, and the love scene was dreadfully overlong - it could have been cut out completely without harming the film.
The special effects were very good, but the excessive use of bullet time got a bit weary, and overall the effects were used in more of a 'see what we can do' way, rather than being used to drive the story.
Obviously, it was really only half a movie and may seem better when considered with Revolutions, but overall I felt that the Warchowskis had been given too big a budget and too much praise after the first one, and let it all go to their heads. The 'Be Here Now' of movies if you will.
Reloaded does have some amazing set pieces, and I am looking forward to Revolutions, but X2 was much better example of how to make a good sequel.


If It Kills Me / Rust
If It Kills Me / Rust
Offered by encorerecords
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return to form, 22 April 2003
This review is from: If It Kills Me / Rust (Audio CD)
Therapy? return to the fray with possibly their best single since 'Die Laughing'. Chocked with more hooks than a fisherman's tackle box, this song really rocks! New drummer Neil Cooper fits in perfectly with the rest of the band and compliments Mike McKeegan's bass very strongly, providing guitarists Amy Cairns and Gareth McCarrick the perfect platform from which to deliver riff after riff. And it's got a great sing-a-long chorus!
If the forthcoming album stays up to the quality of 'If It Kills Me' the band's bound to pick up a few new fans, as well as pleasing the legendarily messy hardcore fans.


If It Kills Me / Rust
If It Kills Me / Rust
Offered by encorerecords
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return to form, 14 April 2003
This review is from: If It Kills Me / Rust (Audio CD)
Northern Ireland's finest, Therapy? return with a new single to preceed the forthcoming album, 'High Anxiety'.
And what a return to form it is. Powerful, driving basslines, frenetic drums and more hooks than most of today's other rock bands would fit on an album. The song is sure to be a live favourite with the legendary ferocious diehard fans of the band, but it retains the pop sensibility that first helped Therapy? make it through into the public consciousness, and so should also win over more than a few new listeners as well.
To sum up, rock as it should be done.


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