The Matrix Reloaded DVD
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, et al.
Directors: Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski
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The Matrix Reloaded DVD
So we need machines, and machines need us. Is that your point?
I've read some of the complaints about this movie and I must say that I wholeheartedly agree. And I wholeheartedly disagree.
I saw this movie twice; the first time I didn't like it and the second time I did. Since then I've had lots of time to think about it and try to understand it.
I'd like to address the first part of the movie, specifically Morpheus' speech and the resulting mob dance/love scene. The first time I saw the movie I thought it was absolutely ridiculous. I tried to enjoy it, but the only thing that popped into my mind was an image of two ...filmmakers from Chicago snickering like little schoolboys as they huddled behind the camera during the filming of the scene. By all accounts it was at best unnecessary and at worst one of the most awkward and uncomfortable-to-watch love scenes I've ever seen.
And then there's Morpheus' speech. How bland! How cartoonish! I'm a huge Matrix fan, but even my enthusiasm for the movie, along with my sincerest attempt to get caught up in the moment, could not enable me to get energized by it. Not even a little. I certainly didn't feel like getting up and dancing like the rest of the crowd obviously did. And my life wasn't even in danger. Theirs were!
The second time I watched the movie I still didn't really care for it, although I was better able to ignore it and wait patiently for the parts that I did like.
It wasn't until last night when I read some of the reviews that I realized that there was actually a point to all this silliness. However, the point is lost on someone who is watching the movie for the first time. To really appreciate this section of the movie, you must know the whole story. ...
By the way, the only reason why I gave this movie four stars instead of five was because I thought the flow suffered a little due to the blending of the storyline of the movie with the game "Enter the Matrix". Some parts that are skimmed over in the movie are shown in more depth in the game. The idea was interesting, but I believe that the movie could have been better if they hadn't chopped it up and divided some of the scenes between the movie and the game. Since they won't be trying this with the third movie, I have a feeling that it will be much more streamlined and smooth like the first movie.
Considering the lofty expectations that preceded it, The Matrix Reloaded triumphs where most sequels fail. It would be impossible to match the fresh audacity that made The Matrix a global phenomenon in 1999, but in continuing the exploits of rebellious Neo (Keanu Reeves), Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) as they struggle to save the human sanctuary of Zion from invading machines, the codirecting Wachowski brothers have their priorities well in order. They offer the obligatory bigger and better highlights (including the impressive "Burly Brawl" and freeway chase sequences) while remaining focused on cleverly plotting the middle of a brain-teasing trilogy that ends with The Matrix Revolutions. The metaphysical underpinnings can be dismissed or scrutinized, and choosing the latter course (this is, after all, an epic about choice and free will) leads to astonishing repercussions that made Reloaded an explosive hit with critics and hardcore fans alike. As the centerpiece of a multimedia franchise, this dynamic sequel ends with a cliffhanger that virtually guarantees a mind-blowing conclusion.