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  • Summary: Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, and the rest of their crew continue to battle the machines that have enslaved the human race in the Matrix.
  • Director: Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 138 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. 91
    All you could hope for from a summer movie: dazzling action, jaw-dropping effects, cool clothes, steamy romance and more of the nifty "Matrix" mythology introduced in the 1999 original.
  2. Reviewed by: Clint Morris
    80
    Not unlike its predecessor -– might be hard to swallow, but it’s so delicious you just can’t help but want more. Not unlike one of those gobstoppers you can find in any candy store -- Hard to chew, nice to endure, if you will.
  3. The philosophy is even less plausible. But the action -- oh, the action! There's nothing else out there like it.
  4. 70
    Relax, the staging of the action sequences is as viciously elegant as you've been primed to expect, though there is a dispiriting more-of-the-same aspect to the picture.
  5. Unlike "The Matrix," all fights and stunts -- including a 14-minute freeway chase -- have a disturbing tendency to repeat intricately choreographed action. Thus, computer technology and overkill supplant the ingenuity of the original film's action.
  6. 50
    For such a rich visual movie, "Reloaded" tells far more than it shows; the pivotal scenes involve people explaining things to Neo. Too many plot turns resemble detours, and even the ever-amusing Smith feels like a red herring in the scheme of things.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    30
    As messy and flat-footed as its predecessor is nimble and shapely. It's an ugly, bloated, repetitive movie that builds to a punch line that should have come an hour earlier (at least).

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 73 out of 327
  1. Apr 14, 2012
    10
    This movie is outstanding. Its the perfect link between the first and second. It had a good amount of fight scenes and it teaches the viewerThis movie is outstanding. Its the perfect link between the first and second. It had a good amount of fight scenes and it teaches the viewer alot about the meaning behind the matrix and the plot. Unlike the last one, its about [spoiler] Neo just realising what he is doing in the matrix, which was clear from the start. To much time talking in metaphors and not enough actually fighting (except for the last bit) [END SPOILER]
    Whilst in the first one, it was average as you werent sure if it had a cliffhanger ending or not. It didnt answer enough questions to finish it off as a series, but it asked alot of questions which kept it going.
    Considering it was made in the late 90's and had roughly a 4 or 5 year gap between the 2.
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  2. JaredC.
    Jul 2, 2007
    10
    The Matrix trilogy is awesome, there's no movie like this before.
  3. Sep 5, 2014
    9
    I must have popped this one in badly wanting entertainment (why is 'Men in Black' supposed to be as funny as they say it is? Seriously, why?),I must have popped this one in badly wanting entertainment (why is 'Men in Black' supposed to be as funny as they say it is? Seriously, why?), but I watched it thinking, Maybe this won't be a clunker.

    Much to my pleasant surprise, it was not a clunker. It was really very good, though of course not as good as the original.

    The only place 'Reloaded' really improves on the original 'Matrix' is in the action sequences, which are bigger and better. The story, however, is a bit less well-written than the first one's, and while it was interesting to see the real-world side of the fight against the machines, so to speak, the point where they introduce the Merovingian just plain shuts down the whole plot. For what it's worth, though, I do actually think the Architect scene made up for it. (Maybe that's just because I like the occasional burst of $20 dialogue, which I can understand just fine, and if you can't, that is YOUR problem!)
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  4. Aug 20, 2013
    7
    A sequel doesn't get much bigger, more populated or digitally enhanced than the second outing of the much publicised "Matrix" franchise,A sequel doesn't get much bigger, more populated or digitally enhanced than the second outing of the much publicised "Matrix" franchise, filmed back to back with a third instalment that was released later in the year of 2003, the second one is the beginning of a larger arc which finished in the third. We see Neo (Keanu Reeves) now taking full advantage of his "One" status, he has a new wardrobe, a more relaxed attitude and he can fly. He is joined again by the increasingly philosophical Morpheus Laurence Fishburne) and the lovely Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), the woman Neo falls for in the first film. This time around we have a glimpse of Zion, the last human city in the real world, a place mentioned several times in the original. The city is on the bring of an attack from the machines that many believe Neo can prevent. But there to get in his way is the rebooted and rejuvenated Smith, played with an undoubtedly charismatic and comedic undertone by Hugo Weaving. He is stronger, faster and can multiply in vast numbers, something Neo meets head on in one of the films most spectacular fight sequences, where Neo is facing countless amounts of Smiths at the one time, this fast, choreographed piece is one of the defining points of the film.
    So the big question remains, is it any good? Well much like that question, there are various moments in the film where questions are asked, perhaps rhetorical or not, but many times these questions are unanswered, or answered with another question, it's quite a circle and one that we must get used to, there are plenty of psychological puzzles and open-ended dialogue to keep people guessing for years what exactly was meant by this or that. In terms of explanations, we get a much deeper understanding of The Matrix, it's creation and its purpose, but this can often feel forced and too explanatory, computer program this, computer program that. The first film, we barely got an explanation, we were left in awe at the scope of the film and the subject matter, but a bigger budget for 'Reloaded' means a more action-oriented film, we still get some brain teasers, but a more human element and certainly pre bells and whistles take away that unique spark that's de the first so damn enjoyable. Mentioning the set pieces again, there are certainly some eye-catching and spectacular moments, a moving truck where we see Morpheus fighting an Agent was particularly enjoyable, with plenty of time spared for this breathtaking scene.
    But in light of these impressive feats, they seem to act as a distraction to a disengaging story, one that takes a more Hollywood approach as a bigger budget was available. These folks are now entering superhero territory which lacks the originality that was introduced in the original.
    Also making an appearance in the sequel is a vast amount of new characters, mostly from other ships headed to Zion, but they sort of get lost in the midst of everything that is going on in the bigger picture, left with little to do except stick on some cool sunglasses and an say a few witty lines.
    It certainly wasn't the sequel I was hoping for, it made everything too explainable and fluid, but while there is a few questions still to be answered, the cliffhanger ending was a little off the mark, not matching it's predecessor in unique storytelling or thrill, but definitely an action film worth watching.
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  5. Jul 2, 2012
    6
    The Matrix Reloaded is much bigger and brasher than its predecessor. It has a very good first act, which is engaging and develops the conceptsThe Matrix Reloaded is much bigger and brasher than its predecessor. It has a very good first act, which is engaging and develops the concepts of the first film in style. Reloaded becomes far less focused and borders on being incoherent as the film progresses. One of the main plot points is the return of Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) and his newfound ability to clone himself since Neo "freed" him. As a plot device, this is as stupid as they come, but Weaving has fun with the concept by valiantly attempting a comic back-and-forth with himself. The rest of the returning cast again turn in good performances, though the development of the romantic relationship between Neo and Trininty (Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss) is unconvincing and surprisingly immature. The action sequences are even more stunning than in the first film, particularly the hugely destructive extended freeway chase that will go down in history as one of the best film set-pieces purely in terms of gloss, complexity and scale. Though this massive visual extravaganza is impressive, my favourite scene in the film is far more understated - early on in the story, upon his arrival to the final surviving human city, Neo and Councillor Hamann (Anthony Zerbe) debate purpose, destiny and free will as the rest of the city sleeps, a simple scene, but an immensely human and emotionally grounded one. An increased reliance on not-so-subtle religious symbolism becomes a little annoying, especially in the film's final act, which in addition to being a bit pretentious is also lazy and dull. The Matrix Reloaded is decent in part, offering thrills and visual amazement, and the odd decent character moment, but an over-long, sometimes boring and often confusing plot, in addition to a lack of effective character development makes this sequel pale in comparison to the first film. It offers just enough new ideas to stand out from the crowd, and is certainly more entertaining and of higher quality than the vast majority of film sequels, but the Matrix Reloaded is certainly not as profound and clever as it thinks it is. It's a good blockbuster then, but not much more, and it unfortunately lead to the shudder-inducing final instalment of the series six months later... Expand
  6. Aug 1, 2013
    5
    For an action movie The Matrix Reloaded is pretty boring. With much less time spent in the Matrix in comparison to the previous film and longFor an action movie The Matrix Reloaded is pretty boring. With much less time spent in the Matrix in comparison to the previous film and long dragging sections that are devoted to boring romance sequences. The largest problem is that where The Matrix managed to get you invested in the characters all The Matrix Reloaded does is make you annoyed with them. Expand
  7. JAnderton-Marasco
    Nov 4, 2003
    0
    Why?

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