Matrix: Reloaded, The
Quick Take: Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.
So, I saw The Matrix: Reloaded last night with my best friend Bean and her boyfriend. Bean’s boyfriend and I are both sci-fi/fantasy fans so I think we enjoyed the film more than she did. She kept asking me, "What the H*** was this movie about?" Well… I really enjoyed the film. There was A LOT of philosophy in this one, much more than in the first film. The main point, as I saw it, was about Choice, and the choices we make in life. There was also some commentary on Destiny and how each of us is destined to do certain things in life. I believe in these ideas so I liked the commentary there. Some of the dialogue got a little bogged down in sci-fi geekiness, though, and even I will admit some of it was not very easy for the casual viewer to understand.
There was a spectacular love scene between Keanu Reeves’ Neo (Woo! What a cutie he is!) and Carrie-Anne Moss’ Trinity, which was interspliced with some very erotic celebratory dancing from the people of Zion (the last human city in the story). And of course, there were amazing special effects and the trademark Matrix-style slow-motion/stop-motion shots. This is how effects were meant to be done-flawless and believable. And mind-boggling. Some new characters are introduced, the most interesting being Jada Pinkett Smith’s Naiobi, an old flame of Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus. I won’t blow and plot points here, as that is annoying in reviews, but this is basically a continuation of the Matrix story (duh)… and we know there is a part three coming out later this year. I was very entertained by this movie, and I think if you liked the first Matrix, you will like it. Was it as good as the first? I would say no… but the first was so ground-breaking, that it was a hard act to follow.
I have always felt that The Matrix ideas were borrowed slightly from other franchises (Star Trek, Star Wars, Terminator), but also that it has enough uniqueness to stand out. Neo is the Hero on the Mythic Journey… much like Luke Skywalker (Star Wars) and many other characters in films. A great professor of mine once said that there are only 20 original ideas, and every story is a variation on those ideas. I can clearly see that she was right... but it’s still great to see the creativity people use to tell those stories.
Smith, Jada Pinkett
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