The Matrix wasn’t just a special effects-show, it was so much more! It had interesting characters, a breathtaking new world to explore and a story with actual purpose.
The second chapter in the Matrix-trilogy has none of those. It has fabulous computer-effects and a few ingenious camera shots, but seriously lacks to bring about any real substance … pity!
The Matrix reloaded shows us Neo, plagued by dark visions of Trinity dying in battle. Meanwhile he’s still searching for the right path, so he can save all of mankind from extinction. Now that he’s the One he has a job to do, but he doesn’t know where to begin.
The movie is very good at showing us this inner battle, as our beloved hero is running his legs off or flying in the air from one place to another … usually to fight some evil guy, but there’s hardly ever a real significance to the plot.
Until halfway through the movie when Neo learns he has to free a man called the Keymaker. As soon as this happens, the movie picks up speed and we’re thrown from one awesome fight into the other, ending the sequence with a very spectacular car chase.
The real ending of the movie with the robots is confusing (read below if you wanna know more about it) … but pretty amazing to look at.
As expected from a grand epic action movie sequel, The Matrix reloaded is bigger and far more spectacular than its predecessor. Neo has God-like powers now, and can take on several agents at the same time.
His round of boxing with the army of Mr. Smith-agents, who now functions like a well-spread virus through the system, is both ridiculous and funny … but like everything else in The Matrix reloaded very entertaining to look at.
The problem of the movie does not pertain to the action, but to everything else. The Matrix reloaded is like fireworks inside an empty shell.
Neo is running around aimlessly. Morpheus and Trinity are mostly innocent bystanders who – though they get to kick some serious ass – never carry any weight to the story … until the very end.
Furthermore there are scenes that are absolute time-wasters!
The dance sequence in the last human city, Zion, takes way too long – it looks like an MTV clip of some modern dance track – and the meeting between Neo and the Architect is probably the worst series of dialogue ever written!
The Architect tries to explain the basics of the Matrix, but he keeps using the most difficult words in English … making it impossible to enjoy the scene or understand what he’s trying to say.
Then there’s a bad guy who named himself The Merovingian, but he’s not nearly as interesting as his name suggests. The acting of Frenchman Lambert Wilson does improve the scene a little, but not much …
Perhaps the filmmakers should’ve concentrated a little bit more on their story + characters instead of brushing off the special effects and action sequences, because right now … The Matrix reloaded, whilst very spectacular and fun to look at, is nothing more than expensive eye-candy!
And coming from the first one which was groundbreaking in story and effects … that’s a serious step down in quality!
Did you know?
It took Carrie-Anne Moss six months just to get the Scorpion Kick in the beginning scene correct.
Give it to me short:
Make no mistake: The Matrix reloaded is a very fun action movie with some wild, amazing fighting choreography. It doesn’t necessarily look better than the first, but the CGI has most definitely improved a little. The first fight of Neo against three agents, Neo kicking serious Mr. Smith-ass on the playground, Neo (once again) fighting a small army of sword-wielding maniacs and the whole turbulent traffic-scene are some of the very best moment that make this sequel worthy of watching!
But this time, it isn’t just all guts & glory! There is some bad with the good. When the movie takes a breather from its action sequences, we are suddenly treated to very bad dialogues, shallow acting and one-dimensional characters that hardly enrich the story of the second Matrix-chapter. The dance sequence in the cave of Zion is stupid. The Architect-scene is so confusing and crammed with difficult English words no normal person would ever use, that you cannot grasp a single thing this character says … and the ending feels too far-fetched!
The Matrix reloaded is good. It’s entertaining. But it doesn’t even come close to the first one … not by far!