Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Matrix Reloaded

The Matrix Reloaded is part 2 in a film trilogy. Or maybe it'd be better to call it part 1 1/2, since the ending is a cliff-hanger providing no closure on any front. It almost just stops mid-scene, and if I had paid good money to see this in a theater I would not be a happy camper. Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Hugo Weaving (Gina Torres is in one scene) and directed by the Wachowski Brothers, it is a direct sequel to the first movie.

Action scenes are interminable. I feeel that character development is awkward and scenes focusing on that, especially on the development of secondary or tertiary characters, feel artificially inserted. (Need a little relief from a long, intense action sequence? Insert character development.) Given all that it was a fun movie to watch.

Rolling Stone
Slant Magazine
The New Yorker

Roger Ebert says,
The speeches provide not meaning, but the effect of meaning: It sure sounds like those guys are saying some profound things.


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