The Matrix Reloaded

The Matrix Reloaded

Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski (2002)

132min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Creating a sequel to the superlative sci-fi action blockbuster The Matrix was always going to be a Herculean task. The Wachowski brothers set themselves such a high standard to compete with, that the second chapter in their epic man-versus-machines trilogy was never likely to match the impact of the first. To their credit, the brothers succeed in equalling the original's awe factor here, adding a handful of fantastic - though underused - new villains and delivering an array of astonishing set pieces, as Neo (Keanu Reeves) and his associates fight to save Zion, Earth's last human enclave. Disappointingly, however, such elements fail to lift a film that suffers from stilted dialogue, cheesy scripting and a surprisingly plodding pace. Had the Wachowskis centred their storyline within the "anything's possible" world of the Matrix, as opposed to the drab and inactive confines of "reality", they would have struck gold again. Instead, they produced a mediocre stopgap until the final instalment, The Matrix Revolutions.

Summary

As the machines threaten the last refuge of humanity, a party of freedom fighters journeys into the virtual world of the Matrix to find a means to end the war once and for all. However, the computer programme Agent Smith, once a tool of the machines, has returned from the dead with his own plans for the world. Sci-fi thriller sequel, starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving.

Cast & Crew

Thomas A Anderson / Neo Keanu Reeves
Morpheus Laurence Fishburne
Trinity Carrie-Anne Moss
Agent Smith Hugo Weaving
Niobe Jada Pinkett Smith
Oracle Gloria Foster
Persephone Monica Bellucci
Seraph Collin Chou
Zee Nona Gaye
Keymaker Randall Duk Kim
Commander Lock Harry Lennix
Link Harold Perrineau
Twin One Neil Rayment
Twin Two Adrian Rayment
Merovingian Lambert Wilson
Ghost Anthony Wong (2)
Councillor Hamann Anthony Zerbe
Ballard Roy Jones Jr
Architect Helmut Bakaitis
Director Lana Wachowski
Director Lilly Wachowski
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Guidance: Violence. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 23 May 2003

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