138 Min | Action – Sci-Fi | May 2003
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Director: Andy Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
The Matrix Reloaded Review: The Matrix Reloaded has everything you could possibly want from a summer blockbuster but it like its predecessor has a heck of a lot more and while The Matrix Reloaded is not as good as the first Matrix film it sure is close to the standard of the original. Acting wise The Matrix Reloaded is in the same kind of league as the first film of the series with a few mediocre performances, a few decent performances and one or two excellent performances. Keanu Reeves plays Neo pretty much like he did in the first movie and that is not bad. His monotone voice is canceled out by his clear and well defined body language. His overall performance is very fitting for the character which, lets face it, is somewhat square and Keanu’s acting fits that kind of character very well.
Carrie-Anne Moss has taken a small step down in The Matrix Reloaded. Her character, while still ass-kicking, is too dependent on Neo. Laurence Fishbourne shines as Morpheus. His performance is
slightly more stylized than in the first film but he steals almost every scene he is in. Other semi-known actors make glorified cameos. Actors like Jada Pinkett Smith, Monica Bellucci and Lambert Wilson are great examples. Gloria Foster returns as the Oracle in her (sadly) last performance as she died during the filming. Her one brief scene is both highly interesting and well acted. As it was with the first film Hugo Weaving provides the best acting by far. Although his screen time is somewhat limited he manages to leave a lasting impression and becomes one of my favorite screen baddies of all time. His performance is for lack of a better word fantastic.
Effect wise The Matrix Reloaded is a feast. There is literally something to look at in every scene. The “real” world has been given a face lift to make it more interesting. The real effects, however, take place inside the matrix and just like in the first film the effects are absolutely ground breaking. The Matrix Reloaded is an excellent film and it deserves a lot more respect than it is getting and it is definitely underrated.