In March of 1999, audiences encountered The Matrix. Five years later, the much anticipated saga continued with The Matrix Reloaded. With The Matrix Revolutions set to immediately follow, teenage boys, grown men, and even a few females flocked to theatres to watch the story of Neo conclude.
On the upside, both sequels achieved a substantial increase in budget compared to the original. On the downside, both films have been stapled as less favorable than the original. While the latter statement is true, The Matrix Reloaded is still a highly recommended engagement and a monumental keystone to the series.
Reloaded skillfully restates The Matrix’s main themes: everything has a purpose, everything happens for a reason, and there are no accidents or choices, only causality. In doing so, Reloaded makes for a kinetic blast of outstanding action and delectable discourse that will blow your mind in more ways than one.
Neo (Keanu Reeves) returns to fulfill the prophecy in being “The One” to save all of mankind. With a swarm of 250,000 sentinels approaching the city of Zion, Neo must meet the expectations of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and The Oracle (Gloria Foster) and end the battle of man vs. machine. In doing so, Neo must escape his recurring dreams of Trinity's (Carrie-Anne Moss) death.
The Matrix Reloaded is an intelligent, intuitive, and near flawless feature.The film combines sophisticated dialogue and superb special effects (aka godly-astounding effects), which make this movie more than ear and eye candy, but ear and eye ambrosia, a bliss to the big-screen, and a powerful cinematic experience. Well-choreographed fight scenes and a lengthy car chase (that is far more advanced than any other in history) provide the cherry to an already appealing sundae.
If you come equipped with an education in philosophy and religion, Reloaded is all the more enjoyable. A vast number of underlying religious and messianic aspects cannot be overlooked. For example, some say that the trilogy is a facsimile of the story of Christ, with Neo representing Jesus of Nazareth (Neo translates to “new,” as in the “New Covenant”), while others only acknowledge the obvious allegories of Gnostic philosophy. Either way, it is evident that there are undoubtedly deeper undercurrents to be aware of, which are ever so cleverly interwoven and masked as the story’s main plot.
Reloaded comes with one caveat: the sequel leaves you with a few gaping holes and unanswered questions. However, with the final chapter in the trilogy, one can then accurately assess Reloaded as being the bridge between installments. Taking both The Matrix and now Reloaded into account, the trilogy is well on its way to becoming the ultimate holy grail of thrilling science fiction and astonishing action-adventure.
Compared to the typical lackluster science-fiction/action appetizers of meager rations (that Hollywood creates in infinite quantities), Reloaded is a dessert that provides sustenance. The aftertaste is pleasing, and the action is filling. Die-hard Matrix fans – buckle-up for an intense ride, and join in on the major frenzy for more Matrix.