In the second chapter of the Matrix trilogy, Neo (Keanu Reeves), Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) continue to lead the revolt against the Machine Army. In their quest to save the human race from... more » extinction, they gain greater insight into the construct of The Matrix and Neo's pivotal role in the fate of mankind.DVD Features:
DVD ROM Features:Web links to the official Matrix website
Documentaries:PRELOAD: Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew THE FREEWAY CHASE: Anatomy of the mind-blowing scene ENTER THE MATRIX: Making of the ground-breaking video game WHAT IS THE ANIMATRIX? THE MATRIX UNFOLDS: A look at the Matrix phenomenon GET ME AN EXIT: Matrix-inspired design advertising
I thought this was better back in the day but watching again you realize how downhill the plotline went after the first matrix. The CGI and action scores were out of this world keeping this at a 3/5 rating instead of a 2/5 rating.
Jon L. (dvlstx) from LA GRANGE, KY Reviewed on 9/8/2008...
This is a fantastic sequel to the first Matrix as well as a perfect set-up for the last in the trilogy. A stunning continuation to the first Matrix. Just remember "where we go from here, is a choice i leave to you"
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Tina O. (Swan) from LEWISTON, ID Reviewed on 2/2/2008...
Had 2 of them, this one is not all the way opened and never played
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Only the third film can make it good
Alexander W. Dorn | Westminster, CA United States | 10/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Warning - Spoilers ahead . . .When I first saw the film, well, I didn't like it too much. It seemed to be over-packed with CGI Fight scenes and a storyline that didn't really mean anything. While Zion is under attack, Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus must find the keymaster to unlock the doors to the mainframe and end the war, thus freeing Zion.This entire storyline, to me, seemed contrived, making the fight scenes seem meeningless, their overzealous and sometimes long running effects just becoming tiresome.But, then I got it. Weeks after seeing it, it finally clicked.They symbolism of these films is much deeper than the average action-movie viewer is usually given. Yes -- the entire "The One-Saves the world" storyline is meaningless, and that's the point. While paying too much attention to events within the computer-generated fantasy world of the Matrix, the real world, and Zion, fall into greater danger.We are introduced to two 'french' characters, programs, which exist simply to experience life. While they are among the long list of villians in this piece, they are also the key to the story. They describe the situation in as much in the film, seeing our heroes as mere puppets in a meaningless plot, which, in fact, they are.While are main characters are engaged in a meaningless task, struggling to achieve goal after goal in a virtual world, events of the real world are dire, and, just perhaps, if more attention were paid to the real-world events, perhaps the situation would not be so dire.It is not until Neo discovers that his existance as 'the one' is simply another level of control set in place by the machines, that the entire struggle within the virtual world of the Matrix has no real meaning, only then does the truth come to light, just in time for this second chapter to come to a close.Think about it, how many people do you know who obsess on politics, or sports, or their favorite television show, or even the Matrix itself? We engage in meaningless struggles to achieve goals that, in the end, really have no meaning but to feed our own ego.A very profound statement to be made by an action film, that is, if the third and final installment draws this observation out.As I see it, the value of this second episode is entirely dependent upon the content of the third chapter, but the potential is much greater than most people give it credit for.Thank you for your time."
The Movie no One Understood
vaarko | Broomfield, CO United States | 06/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've seen Matrix: Reloaded twice now and I'm convinced that a great many people simply didn't understand it. The first Matrix was great, but was understandably less intellectual than its sequel. I know that a lot of people have stated the reverse, but they have missed the point. The first Matrix gave us a premise that the second movie had to call into question. This is a sequel in a trilogy. The movie has to, by its nature as the second film, dash the answers presented in the first film and raise questions to be answered in the third. Matrix was self contained, allowing it to present all information and spell out the elementary philosophy in a manner that Reloaded cannot. Quite contrary to having less philosophical content than the first movie, the second begins asking questions of far more philosophical import. That being said, I loved this movie. The freeway chase was the most exciting chase seen I've seen. The albino twins were great to watch and Zion was truly impressive. I was instantly won over by Morpheus' new operator: Link. He acts as a kind of fellow viewer, pulling for Neo and the others along with the audience.Finally, the Neo flight scenes were visually stunning. No Superman movie will be able to compare with Neo's final flight in the movie.My advice is, if you haven't seen the movie yet, to go and watch it with no preconceptions. Don't worry about the special effects being better than the first movie. Don't wait for the "meaning" of the film to be laid bare at the end. Just watch it and actually listen while it begins a tale that will end in Matrix: Revelations. If you do this, you will enjoy the movie immensely."
Dislike of this movie was a product of confusion
the_ecclectic_element | Reno, NV | 07/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent movie, just like the first one, except this sequel was intended to deliver messages rather than mind-blowing special effects. I can understand why some people didn't like it: at times, the movie's messages were confusing, given the speed with which the characters were speaking, but that's why people either go to see it again, or buy the DVD when it comes out. I will try to clarify what kind of messages they were attempting to deliver.One, the misunderstood Zion scene is not simply what it seems to be (just like the rest of the movie). If you look closely at the background, you will notice A LOT of earthy colors because, obviously, they are in a cave. Compare these colors to the machine-dominated world above them, and you have a subtly stressed contrast between humans and machines. What I mean is the sensual, even sexual dancing set against this particular background emphasizes the humanity of this lost city without saying it upfront. Neo and Trinity's intermittent sexual scenes is meant, in a way, to connect them both to each other and to everyone else. It also emphasizes on Neo's humanity, which so many people in the movie doubt.Secondly, references to choice, control, and free will are often misunderstood as well. With choice, remember one line when going to see the next movie: "Choice is an illusion." That pretty much sums it up. Control is ambiguous in this movie and can be attributed to either the Matrix or Neo, depending on the viewpoint. And free will, which is a definite part of the movie's obscurities pertaining to moral sense, should be kept uppermost in one's mind when watching this movie.I hope I've somewhat helped any who felt confused when they watched it.This was an amazing movie and will be a part of the Matrix legend indefinitely. This was a true sequel.Another thing... think about how far the Matrix extends and then reconsider control, to those who have seen it."
Check It Out In IMAX....It's Much Better
David A. Dein | The Garden State | 08/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know who invented the tracking shot. But I do know that IMAX re-invented it. When you go to an average movie theater you sit down for a mostly passive experience. But with IMAX you body is immersed in a movie. I've seen a few of the beautiful nature films and sweeping films about far off planets that IMAX has brought us. But nothing prepared me for THE MATRIX RELOADED THE IMAX EXPERIENCE.If you've seen this film on the smaller movie screen and you liked it. I guarantee you'll like it even more on the IMAX screen. Great sequences are even better. The details are magnified, and the computer-generated effects are much clearer. But the best part is how as the camera tracks around the various scenes and your body moves with them.As the film opens, you are actually drawn into the Matrix. As the camera sweeps between and in and out of that green programming code, you body feels the motion. It's breath taking. It's a feeling you can't have at you're local Loews. The best scene to utilize the IMAX is the scene in which NEO is fighting the hundred Agent Smiths. When he leaps up into the air and back into the crowd of Smith's your heart jumps. As he swings the street pole around his head, your head moves along with the motion. There is also a great moment when Agent Smith and Neo fly into a wall. As they bang into it, they actually hit the screen with a huge crack. You feel like it's almost hit you. It's amazing.While many have argued that this film is a terrible movie. I think for once, they missed the point. Yes, RELOADED is full of long drawn out exposition scenes. Scenes in which characters discuss computer lingo, and programming glitches, as well as Gnostic and, Eastern Philosophies, and while many had problems with that. I had not one problem with them. (For the record the mass orgy scene fails on every count and is a major flaw in the film) They do what they are designed to do, that is to offer a lot to think about, or maybe nothing at all. At the end of the day and after thousands of scholarly papers are written on the subject. It doesn't matter, nor should it. I don't think THE MATRIX will save the word or be an important film but it will always be lots of fun.Personally I also found the movie has a high replay value. It has lots of little moments and nuances that you miss the first time. It's also fun to put the pieces together, all the plot points that went over your head the first time.I also gained an appreciation for the supporting cast. Especially Lambert Wilson as Merovingian, his speech on second viewing is really funny. It's such a small role and he has such a good time with it.I really hope that THE MATRIX: REVOLUTIONS pulls no punches and ups the ante. I hope that many if not all the ideas that surround THE MATRIX are made a little clearer. Because of course that can only strengthen the film series as a whole. But I also hope the film keeps it's sense of fun (I heard on a police radio during the freeway scene a cop calling, saying he was ADAM-12...That Made Me Smile).If you didn't like the film, I still recommend THE IMAX EXPERIENCE.[website]-To Read My Original MATRIX RELOADED Review."
What were you expecting?
Megan Tyler | Livermore, CA United States | 10/22/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There's a slew of people out there that did not like this movie (I am not one of them, however) and I think I've discovered why: if you're looking for another movie just like the first Matrix, you're going to be disappointed. The Matrix was truly a mind-blowing movie in and of itself...the plotline, the effects, the fighting style. At the time, everything about it was different and completely unique. But you have to consider that that movie was the "introduction" to the world of the Matrix. That very small universe was bound to expand, and that is exectly what happens in Reloaded. Remember, it's not called "The Matrix Rehashed." Reloaded may suffer from a bit of a "middle child" syndrome, in that the concept is no longer new, but it provides no resolution at it's end either. We are introduced to so many new charaters and locales, which can be a little disconcerting at first. But let me break some of the more major points down here:Zion: Why do people hate these scenes so much? No doubt many had already formed a picture in their mind of what the city would look like, and it probably just didn't fit in with their image. Ultimately, I think their visit to Zion was necessary though. You need to actually see the people that these characters are fighting to save. On the whole though? The Zion scenes take up so little time in the whole of the movie, who cares really?The fight scenes: The Burly Brawl IS a bit over the top...but that's what it's supposed to be. Admittedly, I was ready for it to be over, but it was still a special effects feat. Everything else is very much in keeping with the first movie.The car chase: Some people thought it dragged on...I thought it was mezmerizing. The effects were truly extraordinary and the concept of why the freeway is so dangerous to our heroes make it all that much more exciting. What's a true action movie without a big car chase? This one puts all others to shame.The big "talk": Ah yes, Neo's infamous conversation with the architect of the Matrix. Is it dry? Like a desert. Is it completely confusing the first time through? Completely. Is the rhetoric a bit puffed-up and imposing? Definitely. Is it helpful to watch the DVD with the subtitles on? Absolutely. I've watched it multiple times and I still feel like I'm missing something. I guess you either get it or you don't.You cannot take a movie like this too seriously. If you do, it suddenly becomes pretentious and annoying. But it IS just a movie, and should be taken as such. Sure, there's some potentially serious philosophical points, namely the power of choice and the power of love. And heck, that makes for some good conversation fodder. But lets get right down to it: this movie is pure eye candy, that happens to have a decent storyline and an attractive, talented cast to boot. As a side note, the second DVD has some worthy extras, especially the documentary about the making of the big car chase, and the MTV Movie Awards snippet is hysterical as well. Bottom line: If you're looking for more of the first movie, you're setting yourself up for disappointment. Viewing for pure entertaiment? Watch on!"