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A wasted opportunity,
This review is from: The Matrix Reloaded (2 Disc Edition)  [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.