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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars **** BIGGER NOT BETTER ****
The Matrix Reloaded was one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2003 but it received a less than rapturous response from the critics on its theatrical release and under-performed at the box office, despite making over $275 m to date in the U.S. alone. This is not to say that it's bad. It certainly isn't and for the most part I thoroughly enjoyed The Matrix Reloaded...
Published on 8 Aug 2003 by Mr. N. Carnegie

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a sequel
It can't be denied that this film is flawed. Despite probably the best special effects in history and some incredible stunts, there are simply so many on this movie, and they go on for so long (eg.neo fights Smith for ten minutes, 12 minute freeway chase) that they just lose their effect.The action should have been used more sparingly for it to appear as striking as it...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a sequel, 3 Nov 2003
This review is from: The Matrix Reloaded (2 Disc Edition) [2003] [DVD] (DVD)
It can't be denied that this film is flawed. Despite probably the best special effects in history and some incredible stunts, there are simply so many on this movie, and they go on for so long (eg.neo fights Smith for ten minutes, 12 minute freeway chase) that they just lose their effect.The action should have been used more sparingly for it to appear as striking as it did in the original Matrix.
Other parts of tyhe film suggest that the directors have just lost the plot. There are too many comedy moments, which make the film seem like a bit of a farce at times. The actor who plays 'Lock' is embarrassing, and the Zion scenes look too much like Star Wars. Morpheus talks in his monotonous philosophical voice incessantly, so that unlike the first film, where he was the most complete and impressive character, he ends up looking more than a little silly. Neo suffers in the same way when Larry and Andy have him flying around like Superman, one arm outstretched. The Merovingian was surely included for a bit of light relief.
This film could have been brilliant, but as it is it's just good.
The common fate of sequels is evident again here, as for the most part it's just more of the same, and although it's extremely well made, we've seen it all before. The truly new ideas are rare, but have the same startling effect of the original. Examples are Neo meeting 'The Architect'( fantastic scene), his developing relationship with Trinity, and the discovery that he has power even in the real world.
The MTV Movie Awards parody on disc two, featuring Seann William Scott and Justin Timberlake, is almost as funny as the film itself.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity, 3 Feb 2004
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This review is from: The Matrix Reloaded (2 Disc Edition) [2003] [DVD] (DVD)
I have seen this film three times now, and to be honest, it’s not quite as bad or as good as I first thought. The visuals are great, some wonderfully balletic martial arts choreography, and even some hint of a plot. And yet….
The main flaws for me are, firstly that the premise of the first film has been thrown out, and the struggle to liberate humanity becomes subsumed in plots surrounding various programmes free floating in the Matrix (which give Reeves and co plenty of opportunity for sometime over-elaborate fight scenes). Secondly, being the middle film is always a problem (although I still think ‘The Empire Strikes’ back was the best of the Star Wars films, and the ‘Two Towers’ stood very well as film in its own right). But actually, when you see the final film, ‘Revolutions’, ‘Reloaded’ almost seems elegant and coherent by comparison.
Finally, cod philosophy (no its not deep, even if you’ve only ever done ‘o’ level philosophy), and being in love with the idea of being clever without actually being clever, means that this film gives up plot and character for a veneer of depth that is only too shallow. ‘The Matrix’ was a good film – a rarity in that it was a Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster that actually understood science fiction as a literature of ideas. The Wachowski Brothers were not afraid to use ideas as the basis of the film’s story telling, and ‘The Matrix’ had a bit of depth as a consequence.
Sadly, ‘The Matrix’ seems to have been a one-of. ‘Reloaded’ pretends to have depth, and turns out to be just another sci-fi blockbuster. Not a bad film in and of itself, but a wasted opportunity nevertheless.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars **** BIGGER NOT BETTER ****, 8 Aug 2003
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Mr. N. Carnegie (Kirkcaldy, Scotland, UK.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Matrix Reloaded (2 Disc Edition) [2003] [DVD] (DVD)
The Matrix Reloaded was one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2003 but it received a less than rapturous response from the critics on its theatrical release and under-performed at the box office, despite making over $275 m to date in the U.S. alone. This is not to say that it's bad. It certainly isn't and for the most part I thoroughly enjoyed The Matrix Reloaded. It's just not as good as the first movie and not as good as expected. Furthermore it is another classic Hollywood example of failing to grasp the simple concept that less is sometimes more. For if the Wachowski brothers are guilty of anything then it is over egging the pudding.
So what's good and what's bad about The Matrix 2? Well, let's start with the good.
First off, The Matrix Reloaded is (in parts) jaw-droppingly spectacular in scale and confidence with three or four breath taking action sequences that go beyond anything else ever attempted on celluloid. This is the all-new flying and exploding upgrade and The Wachowskis, Yuen Wo-Ping and John Gaeta's effects wizards have combined to create some stunningly original sequences. The best of which include; Neo (Keanu Reeves) battling 100 Agent Smiths (Hugo Weaving), a chateau sword-fight and in particular a lengthy freeway set sequence where Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, indulge in a free for all with Agents Johnson, Jackson and the virtually indestructible Merovingian twins. On this basis alone The Matrix Reloaded completely delivers (and then some) exactly what its fans want and the second half of the movie is nothing short of excellent but the first hour in particular contains some very glaring faults.
The biggest thing that is wrong with The Matrix Reloaded is that it is far too long (138 minutes) and full of unnecessary and elongated sequences that could have been trimmed back half an hour or so. Due to this, the opening hour of Reloaded positively labours and the Zion-set opening sequence is at least a quarter of an hour overlong with a rather pointless and frankly rubbish love scene between Trinity and Neo among it's many unnecessary moments. There is also far too much furrowing of Neo's brow and emphasis on cod philosophy (more pretentious than profound) and the nature of choice, free will and reality. Apart from this being far too earnest it is also very much a repetition of everything already discussed in the first movie. Meanwhile, many of the new characters are decidedly underwritten and the likes of Monica Bellucci and Jada Pinkett Smith are frankly wasted. Plus, whilst accepting that this is the middle part of a trilogy, the plot is very linear and by the time the credits roll it could be argued that the story has hardly advanced from the end of part one.
All that said the second half of the movie is very exciting rollercoater ride and succeeds in raising the bar in action and SFX. On this basis alone, Reloaded is still well worth watching and worthy of 4 stars but just be warned, it isn't as good as its five star predecessor...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing but worth a look, 6 Sep 2007
This review is from: The Matrix Reloaded (2 Disc Edition) [2003] [DVD] (DVD)
Let's get something clear before I begin - I love The Matrix, love it, one of the greatest films of all time without a doubt. The reason I mention this is that some of the reviews being critical of this (and the abysmal second sequel) are being critical of the Matrix trilogy.
So, Reloaded. This film follows the surviving members of the original crew from the first film; as a massive machine army works its way toward the last human city of Zion, Morpheus feels certain that Neo's fate will soon be realized, Trinity and Neo struggle to deal with his new-found messianic fame whilst maintaining any sort of relationship, and the mysterious return of Smith prompts the search for 'the keymaker' a program who may be able to lead Neo to his destiny (or at least show him the door).
So, the plot sounds just as strange and action-scene-ready as the first doesn't it? Wrong. The story ranges from horribly convoluted to barely sensible, with the philosophical edges so beyond our comprehension I still have no idea what it's about thematically. As for the storyline, well I can sort of follow it but it's not really that interesting, complicated yes, but not interesting, there is no Cypher-like twist here, only slow progression down a bizarre road with no interruption or change of stakes.
This far it sounds like a one-star review, that's because the film has a one-star plot. It's the action that saves this film, and even that's not as good as the last film.
The action comes a lot more in Reloaded, a good thing since the plot's rubbish and there's no character development of any kind. The first movie's claustrophobic old hallways and desperate chases have been replaced with wide arenas and full blown battles as Neo's powers now allow him to take agents head on and the other characters are forced into the open. The action scenes are for the most part great, the directors have become very ambitious and it's a good thing, with two stand-out scenes as Neo fights a private army of 'rejected programs' around and with a collection of medieval weaponry or when Trinity and Morpheus battle agents and ghosts (don't ask) whilst protecting the Keymaker and doing ninety down the freeway. But there's something missing, something essential they've forgotten; these fights are just way too clean. In the Matrix people bled, got covered in dust and debris and blows really felt like they hurt, here no-one really bleeds (except that one time), blows knock people back but don't seem to hurt at all, and there's not much of a sense of danger. So while the action scenes are brilliantly choreographed and constructed, they're essentially soulless.
What more can I say? It's got an OK but not very interesting plot that just becomes incomprehensible whenever it tries to be smart. It's got well done but soulless action scenes. It's a reasonable action movie that I watch from time to time and would be fine if only it didn't carry with it inevitable comparison to it's predecessor. This is reasonable as an action film, but as a sequel it's deeply disapointing.
If you've not seen it it's worth a look but don't expect the originals quality.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly average, 8 Dec 2005
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The sequel to the original Matrix, this film had a lot to live up to and unfortunately it falls quite short of its illustrious predecessor. Taking off from where the first finished, this film takes you from the Matrix to the last city of Zion itself, all represented beautifully. Despite this, the film seems to lack some of the style of the first, the fight scenes go on for just that bit too long, the balance between action and story seems to be slightly off and much of the acting also seems to have deteriorated since the first film. The CGI, in spite of being technically superior to that of the original, seems to lack its predecessors impressive appearance seeming quite average in comparison. The irony is that if it hadn’t been for the first film in the series, this one would have probably seemed quite good but with the Matrix setting the bar so high this film just couldn’t really make the cut.
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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
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This review is from: The Matrix Reloaded (2 Disc Edition) [2003] [DVD] (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. Undefeatable objects of our minds known as agents that no one in history had defeated. Now the fear has disappeared with the Agents simply an extra instalment to fit the action purpose.

Basically this is a film for the action junkie, using obvious action, technology and used as simple entertainment with no point, and that isn't improved in the final part either.

Good effects again, especially a brilliant choice of slow down moments between Neo and Smith's fight, which is also beautifully choreographed.

But this was a sad moment for Sci-Fi with sad depressing action, no point and almost ruined the originality and imagination of the first.

3/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Matrix Reloaded - He is still only human!, 9 Sep 2004
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but not as good as the original., 26 Nov 2003
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This review is from: The Matrix Reloaded (2 Disc Edition) [2003] [DVD] (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on the original, 23 Oct 2003
The Matrix Reloaded fails to achieve anything that made the original film create a new benchmark in the sci-fi genre. Further character development has been ignored to make way for a myriad of sci-fi philosophical waffle that pretends to be innovative while in reality simply adds stuffing to this gourmet turkey.
While the original film made sense and drew on a number of themes such as hope, fear and the meaning of life, this film merely tries to tie up irrelevant lose ends to make a granny knot of a plot.
The special effects are amazing, yet the action sequences are overplayed and lack tension.
See this film as popcorn to keep you munching until the final part of the trilogy - lets hope it regains the spirit of the original!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Re Do it, 22 Oct 2003
This review is from: The Matrix Reloaded (2 Disc Edition) [2003] [DVD] (DVD)
The Matrix is one of the best films of all time. The Matrix reloaded is not. Not even close. Not even that good. Perhaps I expected too much, as I did with the Matrix game. Too much hype, not enough good stuff. It did not deliver the same "good feeling" that the first film did. I know it must be incredibly hard to do a sequel and still make it original, but this film was a step backwards (what was all that dancing in Zion about). Unfortunately, the Matrix has become a brand name now, and they will oversell and speedily mass produce whatever uses that name. How sad. I would not have bought it had I known, nor the game. I hope the Matrix 3 is better, but then it couldn’t be much worse. Don't believe the hype next time.
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