The Matrix Reloaded

  • 15
  • Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski (2002)
  • US / Aus
  • 132 min
The Matrix Reloaded
Film Review
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3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Sci-fi action thriller sequel to The Matrix, starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne. Understanding the complexities of the Matrix, Morpheus is convinced that Neo is the prophesied messiah, the "One" to lead humankind from its bondage to machines. But Zion, the human citadel, is soon to be attacked.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Larry Wachowski
Director
Andy Wachowski

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 23 May 2003
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Warner Home Video Ltd
Categories
Drama

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