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The Matrix Reloaded

  • Drama
  • 2002
  • Lana Wachowski
  • 132 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

Rating: 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 Wachowskis 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 director siblings 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.

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Credits

Cast

rolename
Thomas A Anderson / NeoKeanu Reeves
MorpheusLaurence Fishburne
TrinityCarrie-Anne Moss
Agent SmithHugo Weaving
NiobeJada Pinkett Smith
OracleGloria Foster
PersephoneMonica Bellucci
SeraphCollin Chou
ZeeNona Gaye
KeymakerRandall Duk Kim
Commander LockHarry Lennix
LinkHarold Perrineau
Twin OneNeil Rayment
Twin TwoAdrian Rayment
MerovingianLambert Wilson
GhostAnthony Wong (2)
Councillor HamannAnthony Zerbe
BallardRoy Jones Jr
ArchitectHelmut Bakaitis

Crew

rolename
DirectorLana Wachowski
DirectorLilly Wachowski

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2019-07-12
Language
English
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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