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What was really a dark science fiction masterpiece with brilliant ideas and imaginative explanations for certain elements of everyday life (eg. Déjà vu) with action scenes done in slow-motion bullet-time kung fu chop suey sockit to em fighting in The Matrix turns into a slow-motion bullet-time kung fu chop suey sockit to em fighting movie disguised as an intelligent sci-fi fantasy piece of non-sensical weirdness in The Matrix Reloaded. Granted, the action scenes (most of them) are out of this world, however some of the fighting comes off as a rehearsed ballet, but the story is pseudo-intellectual fantasy satire, it seems. The first 45 minutes is plagued with ridiculous talk of "The One" and prophecies and choices vs. Free will; it's enough to make you fall asleep. Later, we get a story that doesn't even approach the original Matrix. After all, we've already had our minds blown by the revelation that the whole world is one big computer simulation and that humans are nothing more than batteries, what else is there to surprise us with. The actions scenes, some of them, use TOO MUCH slow motion and other such praised-as-God special effects techniques that everyone seemed to drool over in the original Matrix, thereby robbing The Phantom Menace of its well-deserved Oscar wins. I felt as though the creators of this movie felt we would be more impressed with some wildly stylish fighting camera angles than a good story. This movie expands the Matrix universe into what is either a poor attempt at using a fantasy story for what is clearly a cyberpunk sci-fi drama, or a story so complex that only those with a Masters in computer engineering and hard-core geekery will understand. Also, it seems every scene ends with Neo flying to the rescue like he was freaking Superman. Kind of lame. It is clear that the Wachowski boys blew their entire wad with the first Matrix and left it up to their choreographers and special effects people to make this one decent. They will be known as one-hit wonders of the movie industry, not inventive geniuses, oh no. George Lucas may be a bit of a capitalist tyrant, but at least his Star Wars flicks are all good, and I'm sorry, but this Matrix Reloaded does not come near Attack of the Clones. If I hadn't enjoyed the 100 agent battle and the car chase so much, this movie would hardly earn a 6.
|8/10||newscott13@ - 400 reviews|
20.5.2003 - age: 26-35
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