Plenty to Like, Plenty to Dislike
Great movie! If you want to be entertained and have a few good laughs, see this movie. The music is also very good,
Like the great film, it's made with a great deal of visible affection both in front of and behind the camera.
what a terribly boring film. I'm sorry but this is absolutely not deserving of best picture and will be forgotten quickly. Entertaining and engaging cinema? No. Nothing performances with flat faces and mistaking silence for subtlety.
Well I have to start buy saying that this is an honestly good movie,
but with all sequels it has it's flaws as well. (There easy to overlook).I think that this takes place at least six months after the first,
and we get to see Zion an underground sanctuary where the human race
hides, we also learn that the machines are digging their way to them.
Neo flies, a prophecy is talked about and there is a ticking clock to all-out
war with the machines.
(Let me get into the flaws first).First I would like to say that this is a fun movie, great action scenes
great visual effects. But the movie manly lacks in I would say character
development, maybe a bit of the story is a little muttled, and a little
confusing and convoluted. I can't place my finger on it but it's there,
to put it simply they should have done something else for the story.
Even before I seen this I was kinda expecting something different,
you know, new villains, new threat just something cool but different.
Not that what is in it isn't and not that I was let down or anything when
I watched it but I'm saying that it was missed opportunities for something
(On to the good stuff).The action scenes are awesome and quite memorable,
my favorites are when Trinity is on the freeway in a high speed chase,
Morpheus fighting an agent on a semi-truck's trailer all the bad ass fights
There is a scene where Neo kisses Monica Bellucci that is quiet erotic
also Neo and Trinity have a sex scene in this, I can tell the directors wanted
to have some sex in this film LOL.
A side from that this was an enjoyable film to watch all though I do watch
this film a lot less these days, I do find myself going back to the first more
often. But this one is still good and ends on a cliffhanger leaving you wanting
more.Overall I give it a 7/10. Fun to watch every once and a while.
After the fantastic first film that was 'The Matrix', it is safe to say its sequels are simply money grabbing pieces of junk. The Matrix wasn't intended to have sequels, but due to the success of the first one it was unfortunately decided to create this incoherent pile of nonsense.Where did The Matrix Reloaded go wrong? First off, the fascinating concept behind 'The Matrix' is not so fascinating anymore since this sequel feeds on the same ideals, yet that kind of thing doesn't necessarily have to be a problem. ( Look at Terminator 2: Judgment Day for example as how a sequel should be ) But The Matrix Reloaded just comes across as a bunch of incoherent and pretentious nonsense because they wanted to build further on the original's ideas instead of the intelligent psychology that made the first one great. It is the kind of movie that tries to fool audiences in liking it so they can feel intellectually superior, which is something the original managed to avoid so well.Secondly, we have these terrible new characters like Niobe, Lock, Link, Link's girlfriend or something and that annoying kid that idolizes Neo which name i forget since he isn't memorable whatsoever. None of them seem to be able to act, and all of them have subplots devoid of any kind of emotional attachment to them since we first off barely know these characters due to their sudden appearance in this sequel, and the obvious fact that they cannot act ( especially that kid ). Smith has been changed to a prophet of some sort and seems to only be in this movie because of the success the first had. His character is really totally irrelevant otherwise.Third we have the obvious lazy CGI problem. Especially the scenes with Neo fighting the clones are just absolutely terrible. It uses a lot of CGI which was already dated at the time this was made and is comparable with a dumbed down weak fighting videogame. Especially the one where he pole dances around them horizontally, not sure who thought it was a good idea to put that shot in the film, but that person deserves to be fired, since it looks absolutely terrible. There is also simply put too much martial arts in it, like they wanted to impress audiences with their choreography instead of coherent storytelling yet use lazy CGI which basically ruins entire fighting scenes. The exception is the fight in the Chateau, which is one of the few pieces in this entire movie that was brilliantly filmed.Fourth we have Zion, the only human city left in the world which was mentioned a bit in the first Matrix. Yet every Zion scene is bleak, dead, dull, grey and lifeless. It has a lot to do with the characters there having the same characteristics, but the shots are ugly and the design behind the city is just terribly bleak all around. It does fortunately still have the stylish direction the first one had in scenes taking place inside The Matrix itself, and has a relatively interesting character with the Merovingian, yet it seems every little piece of strength this movie has has to come from the scenes in The Matrix, and even those suffer from terrible CGI and generally weak storytelling. There is also a character later on in the movie who basically destroys the concepts the first Matrix stood for ( stating anymore would be a spoiler ), so as a sequel it is also mediocre since it cannot follow up with an enhancement of the story, and instead overwriting it. It is both disrespectful to the original in this way, and pretentious in its own way of adding new concepts which make no sense after watching the first one.It is an unfortunate turn of events that these sequels were even created, as The Matrix was an amazing movie on its own. The smartest thing to do is to ignore the fact that The Matrix has become a trilogy and just keep watching the first one.
Four years after the first Matrix film, comes "Matrix Reloaded" and this time around the world of Neo is a vastly less intriguing one.Matrix Reloaded is a vapid and sterile movie, which features little else other listlessly boring acting, ridiculously pretentious dialog and an unending amount of computer-generated "eye-candy", which tends to make this movie look more like a video game, rather than a live-action film. Having only seen it once, that being said this film follows an obvious and highly predicable formula of: action / pontificate at great length / adjust sunglasses / more action / pontificate some more, etc. To me this movie was nothing more than a tiresome and cringe-worthy series of (1.) Visually complex, yet utterly sterile and incredibly fake looking action scenes, which again, look more like a video game (and not a particularly good one), rather then a movie. (2.) And then there's the dialog..... which, as many other reviewers have also stated, is criminally bad and often insufferably painful, and that's entirely due to the movies wordy and highly pretentious screen-play. In at least half a dozen scenes this movie torture's you with one lame-ass "from the future" after another, who, without fail, indulges in a "deep" and lengthy speech; of which most are placidly delivered snore-fests, that tend to ebb and flow around possible/hypothetical out-comes of the future, whereas a few others are fire and brimstone diatribes that mostly focus on berating Neo. But in any case whoever the messenger may be (I found the snotty Frenchman to be the most obnoxious), all of these scenes are overflowing with some of the most exceptionally wordy and singularly pretentious screen-writing ever. Seriously, Matrix Reloaded is loaded with some of the all-time worst dialog, which it's makers SO DESPERATELY want you to be impressed by. But ultimately it comes off as nothing more than conceited nauseating drivel. They really should issue a barf-bag with the purchase of this movie - should you be stupid enough to waste your money on it in the first place.In conclusion Matrix Reloaded, though not completely bereft of artistic merit, is simply a very boring piece of Sci-Fi cheese, which also happens to showcase front and center, some of Keanu Reeves worst acting (it's as if he slept through his roll) and the only reason I finally got around to seeing this movie, a whole 14 years after it's release, is because Mike Nelson and the rest of the Rifftrax crew, gave it the long over-due ripping that it so rightfully deserves. They too have no delusions on how crappy this movie really is and without their commentary it would have been even more boring, to the point of being unwatchable.Matrix Reloaded = sterile, lifeless, super-massively over-rated, Sci-Fi rubbish.
Cameronius Explodius McMonius
Unlike the first film, this film focuses on the action rather than the story. The first film took time to give each aspect the attention it deserved and did it well, however this one doesn't seem as bothered about the story. The story itself is quite confusing and rather underwhelming, I got quite confused as to what was going on at times. The pacing is also quite bad at the start of the movie, taking ages to get into the actual story and just showing us stuff we don't really care about. Even though I don't like the fact that this movie prefers the action over the story, thankfully the action for the most part is great. The highway chase scene is a highlight and I loved every second of it- easily the best scene of the entire film. The way the events flowed and the way it was shot was great. Many of the other action scenes were pretty decent too, however there were some times where it didn't work as well like the Neo vs God knows how many Agent Smiths. The way the scene was shot was good and the way it flowed was also good but it was obvious that most of it was CGI and the scene seemed quite stupid at the end of the day. The ending is awful and ends completely out of the blue and feels extremely rushed with its unnecessary cliffhanger which tells you that this film was only made to set up The Matrix Revolutions, hence why they were released only six months apart. It basically says that this film was a two hour advert for Revolutions. In fact, after the credits there's actually a trailer for the next movie. So much for subtlety. With this film, I feel almost exactly how I feel with X-Men: The Last Stand; it's not a good movie, it's not a bad movie either, but it takes a huge dump on the franchise. It may seem like I bashed on this movie lots but I think it's alright at best. It certainly does have great action but the story is rather underwhelming and confusing and the ending is annoying. If you just want a dumb action movie then I would recommend this, however if you want a film as interesting and clever as the first then there's probably not much point watching this. 6.5/10 Please tell me I'm not the only one who thinks it's stupid that Neo can fly.