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At Theaters: 5/15/2003 On Video: 10/14/2003
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 18 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419905
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Freedom fighters Neo, Trinity and Morpheus continue to lead the revolt against the Machine Army, unleashing their arsenal of extraordinary skills and weaponry against the systematic forces of repression and exploitation. In their quest to save the human race from extinction, they gain greater insight into the construct of The Matrix and Neo’s pivotal role in the fate of mankind.
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Sci-Fi Action Thriller - Like the first film, this is a science fiction adventure that blends heavy duty action with heady ideas. There are a number of martial arts sequences, literally exposive action scenes, and lots of state of the arts special effects--as well as a complex story that requires careful attention.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Keanu Reeves HARDBALL, SWEET NOVEMBER, THE GIFT, THE WATCHER
Laurence Fishburne BIKER BOYZ, OSMOSIS JONES, THE MATRIX, HOODLUM
Carrie-Anne Moss RED PLANET, THE MATRIX
Hugo Weaving THE MATRIX
Jada Pinkett Smith KINGDOM COME, BAMBOOZLED, PRINCESS MONONOKE
Gloria Foster TV's - SOUL FOOD, LAW & ORDER
Wri/Dir: Wachowski Bros. THE MATRIX
Producer: Joel Silver THE MATRIX, LETHAL WEAPON 4
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Production Notes Heading
Further Down The Rabbit Hole
Ice Is Your Friend
Creating Virtual Cinema
Impossible Stunts and Combat
The Design
Hemp And Latex
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 14 S-words, 5 GD's, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief sexual situations with nudity.
VIOLENCE: Many martial arts fight sequences.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: Many fights, chases, explosions.
COMEDY: Some wisecracks.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "While some viewers will be disappointed with the movie's inability to constantly engage the intellect, few will be anything less than awed by its eye candy. If there's one area in which The Matrix Reloaded tops The Matrix, it's in the visual effects department (not a surprise, considering the budgets of the movies).''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Very  Good "It is an immensely skillful sci-fi adventure, combining the usual elements: heroes and villains, special effects and stunts, chases and explosions, romance and oratory. It develops its world with more detail than the first movie was able to afford,...''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Good "The Matrix Reloaded needs a system upgrade. And to its credit, it eventually gets one. But for all the predictably fancy footwork, the heavy-handed opening hour will prove trying to all but the most forgiving fans of this alternative universe.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "The characters are embedded in a now-familiar grab bag of religious, mythological and pop-culture references that stretch from ancient Babylon to BLADE RUNNER's (1982) dystopian future, but the allusions are overshadowed by the fists and feet of fury. More comic book-like and less intriguing than the original, the film's punch-drunk cyber-mysticism still has a darkly seductive allure that sets it apart from juvenile, STAR WARS-style space opera.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 111 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
18
Very High
94%
13-19Teens (F)
8
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
42
Very High
94%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
15
Very High
87"%
30+Adults (M)
21
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
7
Very High
100%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

These opinions don't require a lot of interpretation. As everyone was hoping, especially fans, The Matrix Reloaded is great. It received a very high percentage of "Fantastic" opinions. I can obviously recommend The Matrix Reloaded.

However, there were a few who didn't enjoy it and I've spoken to a few others who were very disappointed. These people tended to complain about the poor storyline not about the incredible special effects. So, if the story is of paramount concern to you then you may be somewhat disappointed.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
If you're a big Matrix fan you're undoubtedly going to love this latest version. However, if you're not a big fan I would highly recommend that you rent the first Matrix to refamiliarize yourself with the characters and the story. Otherwise, you may find yourself as lost as I was. Fortunately, the incredible special effects will be enough to carry the movie for most sci-fi fans. As for the story itself, I found it to be average at best.


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What if tomorrow this war could be over? Isn't that worth fighting for? Isn't that worth dying for? Thomas "Neo” Anderson (KEANU REEVES) made a costly decision when he chose to ask the question that Morpheus (LAURENCE FISHBURNE) and Trinity (CARRIE-ANNE MOSS) had asked before him. To seek and accept the truth. To free his mind from the Matrix

Everything begins with choice. Now, in the second chapter of the trilogy, Neo assumes greater command of his extraordinary powers as Zion falls under siege to the Machine Army. Only a matter of hours separates the last human enclave on Earth from 250,000 Sentinels programmed to destroy mankind. But the citizens of Zion, emboldened by Morpheus's conviction that the One will fulfill the Oracle's Prophecy and end the war with the Machines, rest all manner of hope and expectation on Neo, who finds himself stalled by disturbing visions as he searches for a course of action.

We can never see past a choice we don't understand. Strengthened by their love for each other and their belief in themselves, Neo and Trinity choose to return to the Matrix with Morpheus and unleash their arsenal of extraordinary skills and weaponry against the systematic forces of repression and exploitation. But there exist powerful figures within the Matrix who refute the artifice of choice, evading the responsibility it brings as they feed on the emotional truths of others.

Choice is an illusion created between those with power and those without. Meanwhile, there are exiles like Agent Smith (HUGO WEAVING), whose inexorable connection to Neo compels him to disobey the system that has called for his deletion. Driven by the humanity he once despised, Smith will consume everything in his path on his quest for revenge.

What do all men with power want? More power. On his treacherous journey toward further insight into the construct of the Matrix and his pivotal role in the fate of mankind, Neo will confront greater resistance, an even greater truth and a more impossible choice than he ever imagined. You didn't come here to make the choice. You've already made it. You're here to try to understand why you made it.

At the confluence of love and truth, faith and knowledge, purpose and reason, Neo must follow the course he has chosen. "What if I can't?” he asks. "What if I fail?” Then Zion will fall.

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