Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith, Harold Perrineau Jr., Gloria Foster, Randall Duk Kim, Harry J. Lennix, Adrian Rayment, Neil Rayment, Anthony Zerbe, Monica Bellucci, Lambert Wilson, Helmut Bakaitis
Synopsis: The second instalment of The Matrix trilogy where Zion is in danger from a direct attack by the machines.
Waaaaay too much kissing. Really. Too much. blech.
I was very glad to have seen The Animatrix first because it answered a lot of questions and provided a bridge for some subplot elements.
The scenes in Zion were stunning. They were perfectly comic book, of epic proportions, and reminiscent of the work of H.R. Giger. Really amazing. I could have done without having religion rammed down my throat for two hours though. And I'm not sure that besides being visually stunning and an incredible exercise for the CGI department that there was much plot substance here. It probably could have been a twenty minute movie if it was plot driven, but hey, were in it for the action, right?Added 19 July 2003 at 6:52 PM
Ice and I managed to catch The Matrix Reloaded: The IMAX Experience and wow. I mean, wow. It was bloody amazing. The freeway scene blew me away and even the much maligned rave scene wasn't so bad at five stories high. It was dizzying though.
Another advantage to seeing the IMAX version was that I could completely ignore the story. During the far too many speeches, I could count the pores on everyone's faces and during the far too many kissing scenes, I could count the strands of saliva. Hey, it was much better than listening.
If you ever get the chance to see this version, I highly recommend it.