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Summary:
Neo takes on greater control of his extraordinary powers as Zion falls attack to the Machine Army in this second chapter of the Matrix trilogy. Only a matter of hours separates the last refuge of people on Earth from 250,000 Sentinels programmed to destroy everything human. But the citizens of Zion, strengthened by Morpheus’ conviction that the One will fulfill the Oracle’s Prophecy and end the war with the Machines, rest all their hopes on Neo, who finds himself unnerved by disturbing visions of Trinity's death.

Neo and Trinity choose to return to the Matrix with Morpheus and unleash their arsenal of extraordinary skills and weaponry against the systematic forces of repression. But there also exist powerful figures within the Matrix set on stopping them at all cost, as well as those with ambiguous motives.  Also, the now exiled Agent Smith is set on revenge against Neo, disobeying the system that has called for his deletion.  On Neo's quest to further unravel the Matrix, he will confront greater resistance, a greater truth and a impossible choice.

Review:
The second Matrix movie finds itself building upon the solid groundwork layed out from the first hugely successful movie. A new universe for mankind was develpoed in the first Matrix, and this sequel, along with the forthcoming trilogy endcap, hope to fully develop that world.  The biggest problem with the second movie is that it's not a complete movie in itself.  Which may be greatly forgiveable, depending on the final installment.

In Matrix Reloaded we get the first glimpses of the last human bastion Zion, only talked about in the first.  The portrayal of the city is a mish mash of a technologically advanced sci-fi city and a primal, backwards tribe.  This combination is a bit awkard, especially in such scenes as the rave-inspired party at Morpheus's speech and Neo and Trinity's superfluous sex scene.

One of the biggest reasons for the success of the first Matrix was the advance in special effects it showcased, namely bullet-time and time trails.  These new techniques were fresh and captivating. Since it's unveiling, it has become a staple in movie magic. The second matrix builds upon those techniques, using them on a greater scale; most notably in the 100 Agent Smith fight. However, nothing new is introduced. Even Neo's new use of flight, which is explored greatly in the film, was revealed at the end of the first movie. Granted, not every movie can be revolutionary, but the first movie set a high bar, and it would've been nice to see a new effect, but really just a greater exploration and visual use of Neo's supposed unlimited power.

On the whole, I do not feel this film will dissapoint the fans, and it will definitely delight the masses. In combination with the final film, due out in November, my only hope is that it's able to complete what the first groundbreaking film started.

See this movie if you're a fan of:

The Matrix (1999)

The Animatrix (2003)

The Terminator Series (1984, 1991, 2003)

X-Men/X2 (2000, 2003)


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Box Office Info:

Cast:
Keanu Reeves (as Neo)
Carrie-Anne Moss (as Trinity)
Laurence Fishburne (as Morpheus)

Directed By: Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski
Written By: Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski
Produced By: Warner Bros

Release Date (US): May 7, 2003

Length of Movie: 2h 18min

MPAA Rating: Rated R for sci-fi violence and some sexuality.

Budget: $127,000,000

Opening Weekend: $91,774,413

Matrix Reloaded Soundtrack

Matrix Reloaded Soundtrack

1. Session - Linkin Park
2. This Is The New Sh** - Marilyn Manson
3. Reload - Rob Zombie
4. Furious Angels (Instrumental) - Rob Dougan
5. Lucky You - Deftones
6. The Passportal - Team Sleep
7. Sleeping Awake - P.O.D.
8. Bruises - Unloco
9. Calm Like A Bomb - Rage Against The Machine
10. Dread Rock - Oakenfold
11. Zion - Fluke
12. When The World Ends (Oakenfold Remix) - Dave Matthews Band

Disc: 2
1. Main Title - Don Davis
2. Trinity Dream - Don Davis
3. Teahouse - Juno Reactor Featuring Gocoo
4. Chateau - Rob Dougan
5. Overdrive - Juno Reactor/Don Davis Mona Lisa
6. Burly Brawl - Juno Reactor vs. Don Davis
7. "Matrix Reloaded" Suite - Don Davis

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