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The Matrix Reloaded

Sarah and I saw "The Matrix Reloaded" last night.

Okay, c'mon. Opening with a suspenseful oh-no-how-awful-she's-been-shot! scene that turns out to be a dream? I mean, sure, it fits with the plot, but ... how cheesy.

The ten minute massive-Zion-orgy porn bit was ridiculous. Even the music was porn music. Okay, we get it, Neo and Trinity are really hot and heavy.

Way, way too much really obvious CG in some of the fight scenes, but I can forgive them for that, for the most part.

I didn't like how they introduced the obviously-evil human guy in the beginning ("I am going to go stab Neo now oh wait never mind") and then didn't deal with him at all until the last five seconds DUM DUM DUMMMMMMM!! (and the fact that they really did do the dum-dum-dummmm sound effect was hilarious). What a blatant way to introduce a cliffhanger.

The twins were really cool. In fact, everyone involved with the Merovingian was cool. However, when the twins' truck was turning over, why didn't they ghost and escape? They obviously have quick enough reflexes to do it in a split-second, as shown in the parking-garage fight sequence with Morpheus. It doesn't make sense for them to stay in the truck in human form until it explodes, and only ghost once they're a couple hundred feet in the air. Although, since they can heal instantaneously in ghost form, maybe they find big explosions fun.

I enjoyed the whole highway scene, but Superman-Neo swooping in to save the day was a cop-out. In fact, flying Neo struck me as dumb the whole time, but it's a logical extension from the huge-jumping in the first movie (and his takeoff at the end).

When I saw Agent Smith, I did not think, "Hee hee, Agent Elrond." But when I see Elrond in the LotR movies, I always mentally add "..., Mister Anderson." to his lines.

I am not impressed by the heavy use of the clever "tell-not-show" plot device. Let's stick people in a room and have them carefully explain lots of stuff to each other! That's a neat and original way of exposing ideas! Pfft.

Comments

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mangofandango
May. 15th, 2003 08:10 am (UTC)
I liked the movie a lot, Mister Critical. ;) On the other hand, I wasn't really watching with a critical eye at all - I was mostly caught up in the cool factor (and the gooey Neo/Trinity stuff, I admit), which was sort of what I wanted anyway.

And I vote yes for the Zion porn scene - I even liked the music. But um, I guess I would, wouldn't I?
rfreebern
May. 15th, 2003 08:16 am (UTC)
Oh, I guess I didn't mention that I actually did like it a lot despite my criticisms. Heh.

And I never said there was anything wrong with porn music. I liked it. It's just that it was blatantly porn.
mangofandango
May. 15th, 2003 08:22 am (UTC)
What did you want them to have sex too, hmm? Elevator music? Classical music of the Baroque period? Maybe a little hot hot easy listening? ;)

I'm glad you liked it, anyway :)
rfreebern
May. 15th, 2003 08:30 am (UTC)
Two words: Neil Sedaka.
aussie_nyc
May. 15th, 2003 08:10 am (UTC)
When I see Hugo Weaving I still think "that bastard." But that only makes sense if you saw Bodyline.
rfreebern
May. 15th, 2003 08:27 am (UTC)
I have not seen Bodyline. Do I want to? Will it make me curse Hugo for the rest of his days?
aussie_nyc
May. 15th, 2003 08:31 am (UTC)
Bodyline is an Australian mini-series from 1984 chronicling the English cricket tour of Australia in 1932-33. To cricket fans, that was the tour that nearly ruined the game and relations between the two countries. To you, it probably wouldn't mean much. But Hugo Weaving was very good!
westernactor
May. 15th, 2003 10:10 am (UTC)
BOO!
I want your review of The Matrix Reloaded using just the letters in the movie title! :)
rfreebern
May. 15th, 2003 10:18 am (UTC)
Re: BOO!
I've been off that hobby for a few months. And now I'm so far behind that I'll never catch up. Sigh!
westernactor
May. 15th, 2003 10:23 am (UTC)
DOUBLE BOO!
No time like the present to get started up again! And you don't need to catch up, just do this one. :)
tablesaw
May. 16th, 2003 05:26 am (UTC)
I didn't like how they introduced the obviously-evil human guy in the beginning ("I am going to go stab Neo now oh wait never mind") and then didn't deal with him at all until the last five seconds DUM DUM DUMMMMMMM!! (and the fact that they really did do the dum-dum-dummmm sound effect was hilarious). What a blatant way to introduce a cliffhanger.

Unless I am mistaken, there's more to it than that. I believe that person is the some person whom Smith "assimilated" before leaving the Matrix. It's implied that some part of Smith's code escaped and is now in this human.

Still, that aspect was not done very well.
rfreebern
May. 16th, 2003 06:38 am (UTC)
Aah, I must have missed that detail. I would like to read the script to see if I can pick up on some bits that I didn't catch during the film, but I don't think the script has made it onto the web yet. Maybe it'll show up in a few weeks.
fourcoffees
May. 22nd, 2003 01:59 am (UTC)
Also ultra-belatedly:

Am I the only one who liked the Eyes-Wide-Shut-esque orgy, dammit?

As for Elrond Half-Agent: One of the only comments I heard in trying to not learn anything about this movie beforehand was "Neo is fighting a hundred Elronds!"
mangofandango
May. 24th, 2003 10:39 pm (UTC)
I liked it. See above. :)

(Also, every female I've talked to about it really liked it. A lot. So we're not alone in this. ;))
fourcoffees
May. 24th, 2003 11:18 pm (UTC)
Re:
Does that mean I'm really female?!
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