I saw matrix reloaded on the first day it was released, with my fingers glued by bondo glue.
I've not written a review of Matrix reloaded anywhere, so here goes. I never went to see Matrix (the first one) in the theaters, even when my geeky friends came and claimed it was the shiiiit, I just ignored it thinking nothing could be close to true cyberpunk (Neuromancer). But, I was kinda wrong, when I first saw Matrix, it must have been off a DivX
And so I was a fan of Matrix Reloaded and I really wanted to see it, and I knew I'd go the first day it gets released. I was thinking of driving up to Chicago to see it with my pal there, but it turned out that his boss already baught tickets for all his co-workers and him. So, I would not get to see Matrix Reloaded with a Matrix Reloaded Virgin. This sucked. I din't want some geek sitting beside me explaining the whole movie while I watched it. So, as the days drew closer for the Matrix opening, I started to ignore Matrix as much as possible.
The day Matrix Reloaded opened, I was fixing my car, putting bondo on the rust my car had through years of driving in the snow and salt. I was using a cool product called bondo to create a fibreglass replacement for any rust holes in my car. Now this stuff is very sticky and I was using gloves to put the bondo on, but.... I ran out of gloves and I used my hands to stick the last piece of fibreglass with bondo. And this was one of biggest mistake I've made this year. My fingers got glued, I tried to wash them but it wont come out, I tried everthing at home, I tried gasoline too, but it wont work. So my fellow bondo conspirator (and resident expert on bondo work) said I should get some industrial strength hand cleaning stuff, so we went to Walmart to get it, on the way back we passed this new Theather Complex at the mall beside my apartment. My friend and I got into an arugment, I told him the theater was not open, but he said it's open and they are going to show Matrix Reloaded there today, I was like @QWE!@$? Anyway, we stopped by a person beside the theater and asked if it was open and he said yes, the theater was open just for Matrix and it's the first movie going to be shown in this new theather!!
So, we got tickets, and I cleaned my hand enough so that they would not be stuck together and we went to the see the 10:45 pm show. We went at 10:15, there was line, but it wasn't that big when we came there, we just stood around, I was showing off my Matrix screensaver on my Sanyo 4900. Anyway as the time for the show drew closer, more people started joining the line, (BTW they had about 10 showing of Matrix that day), and the people who just finished watching Matrix from one of the theaters just joined our line (quite illegaly) and started talking about spoliers. I waited paintely trying not to listen to any of them.
Then the moment came and we walked into the theater. Me and my friend sat at one of the best possible locations. This theater has stadium seating (so that everyone has a very good view of the screen). The screen was the usual supersize screen you find in most new theaters in the US. I was quite pleased (this is what I wanted to see in Chicago, and now I didn't have to go to chicago). Anyway the first preview was of Finding Nemo from Disney (Which just opened today) it was pretty funny, I'll watch it tomorrow.
One thing I should mention is that the girl at the ticket counter told me that Matrix Reloaded was digitally projected in this theater (like Star Wars ), but I later heard that they were using film projection and also they were using the same reel at the same time for two or more theaters (they just spooled it from one projector to the other -- -that's the amount of demand Matrix Reloaded had).
Anyways.. now to the review bit . Matrix Reloaded starts off with the pretty ok (I cant remember how it started!). In first acts of Matrix Reloaded we see the human city of Zion, which is cool and kinda what I expected, it's run by a team of old people Here we find that the city has it's usual poltiical stuff going on in the background, you see people conning and trying to take over and stuff. Anyway, that was fine and I didn't mind it at all as long as Morpheus's crew got their ship up. The whole deal was
Zion is supposed to be 100 years old, the city is inhabitied by a very multicultural buch of citzens. It was interesting to note several distinct races among a city who's inhabitans are less then the population of Maldives.
Neo starts to have dreams (oh this is how Matrix Reloaded Started off), Neo sees trinity being killed in the Matrix and he gets all worried and stuff. Anway, he also sees Agent Smith downloading himself to a human in the realworld (part of his dream). In Zion there was a major party after the group comes back home. I felt this was totally unncessary, since there was a lot of sexually charged scenes shown here that was not needed for this movie. There was a lame tecno song being played throughout the whole dance scene, a lot of people who saw Reloaded did not like this scene at all, these scenes were of Neo's metal body plugs merged with images of semi nude women and nipples (ahem). Anyway is this the matrix or some psudo-porn! I was very disspointed at this point in the movie, and wanted things to go a bit faster. The first hour or so of the movie is very slow, even though nothing new or philosophical is discussed.
And then, Neo and co gets back into the Matrix to find the Oracle. Neo finds the Oracle, the Oracle gives Neo a toffee, and then Agent Smith finds Neo.
The sweet that the Oracle give, in my opinion could be a program of some sort, she talks about how everthing within the matrix has a purpose and that everthing is a piece of code that's written to do something, eg: a pigeon, the sun and so on. She also points out the fact (huge spoiler) that's she's not human, that she's from the mahine world. Neo, is in usual..
"Uh.. dude where am I" mode and takes several minutes to assimilate anything the Oracle tells. Anyway she tells him that he needs to find the keymaker (another program), the keymaker has been locked away by a very powerful program. The keymaker is required to get to the main AI who is locked away within the Matrix.
And after she leaves, Agent Smith shows up. Agent Smith, now has the ability to replicate himself, and he seem to be real pissed with Neo for having the master program cut him loose for not getting Neo in the first movie. Anyway there is a major fight scene here with Neo and 100's of Mr. Smiths. The fight scene was ok, but when shots of Neo is shown you can make out that it's not him, that it's just a 3D model. There were lots of such imperfections in many shots. I even saw the elbow of an Agent Smith going into the body of another Agent Smith. Overall the fighting was cool with lots of Matrix effects (100x times). But, since we are so used to these effects now, it didn't have such an impact as the first Matrix had.
Anyway, after kicking Agent Smith's ass (he runs away I guess), Neo and co go to find the keymaker.
So they go to this french dude's place (who is supposed to be a very powerful program). The guy just likes power it seems and he has the keymaker locked away in the dungeons. So, he shows some cool powers (like making a girl get off with a fruit cake). I think he has similar powers to that of Neo. Anyway his wife is Persephone, the very cute Monica Bellucci. She's the only one in the Matrix world that's dressed in white (so I got her poster too -- oh she's not the only one dressed in white see below --). Anyway, Once the french dude says Neo and Co cant have the keymaker... Persephone comes and tells Neo she'd help him get the keymaker.. in exchange for a eh... eh.. kiss
This is when the french dude finds out what Peresphone has done, he gets pissed and sends his henchmen after Neo and Co. Some of the henchmen are cool.. like the two dreadlocked twins (who are real twins) dressed in white --- so it's not peresphone who's in white --- anyway these twins are scary as hell, they can become ghost like things and dodge bullets and are almost invinsible.
Trinity and Morphus grabes the keymaker and runs off. Neo stays and fights, this is a rather boring fight, there are some slo-mo sequences, but nothing great, I felt myself yawning several times, a lot of people in front of me opened up their phones and started playnig java midlet games, I myself got the urge to open my phone and ssh somewhere. Anyways, when the fight is over, Neo finds himself half the world around, and so he flies
Anyway, around the same time, Trinity, Morphus and keymaker are having to deal with the twins. This is the longest 15 minutes of highway driving you'd ever see in a movie. GM gave the Matrix ppl 100 new cars, and the Matrix ppl built a highway a few miles long just for the movie, they smashed all the cars, in these 15 mins. The twins and Morphus, Trinity and Agents fight while cars blow up, ram into each other and other neat stuff (some of which were in slow motion). And right at the end of the fight, Morphus finds himself with the keymaker on top of truck that's about to be hit by another truck and blown up, well they hit and blow up. BUT, in that little nanosecond it takes for the fire to engulf morphus and keymaker.. Neo, Superman, zooms out of the sky and grabes both of them. Dues Ex Machina!
And so now they got the keymaker. The keymaker tells them that the main AI can be accssed from the Matrix and that if that is disabled the whole matrix would die. Neo and co want to do this, in order to do this they had to inflitrate a huge building.. the same building Neo sees in his dreams.. of Trinity falling and getting killed. Neo forces Trinity to stay back, and he, morphus and keymaker go to find the main AI. They are backed by another group from Zion. But unknown to Morphus and co, there is a traitor in Zion, who tells the machines about Morphus plan, and the backup team that was supposed to help Morphus is killed by the traitor. And to get to the main building they have to cut power to a whole city within the Matirx, this could only be done by the backup team. Once that team dies, Trinity goes into the Matrix (defying what Neo said and thus fuilfilling his dream). She goes to the power plant (now some geek stuff), she sees this terminal, she runs nmap against a computer in the power plant (possibly the main server), once she finds port 22 open she ssh's into it as root. OK! At this point, the 4 geeks in the whole theater of about 100 people.. screamed out aloud and had to be hushed! HEH. She turns off the power.
Neo has another fight with Agent Smith, and then the keymaker finally gets the right door opened and Neo gets to meet the main AI. Who tells neo that he's the architect of the Matrix.
The architect tells Neo, that Neo has been following a pre-destined plan, that everthing Neo has done was expected. He also tells Neo that the Oracle is there to guide Neo to the Architect, that's she's part of the evil machine empire and possibly a major AI (She's unique in that she has some fuzzy logic that can do predictive sequences
But, this time, Neo decides to say fsck you to mankind and save Trinity instead. So he flies out, and catchs her just after she gets ridden with bullets and just before she splashes on the road below (she was falling from the top of the building
WELL, Since Neo is god in the Matrix.. eh.. he just puts his hand into her body and massages her heart, and the Trinity in real life comes to life (BS^2).
They come out of the matrix and find the machines already on top of them, they run away and their ship gets blown, this time the machines follow them..
Neo falls unconcious, he's carried to the only other ship the survived, at this point we see morphus being told that everyone else in Zion has been killed execpt for one man.
This point we see Neo on a hospital bed, the camera zooms over him and onto another man who we see upside down from the camera position.
At this point the screen goes blank and it says. "To be continued" and everyone in the theater sighed or cursed.
Phew! That was one long review. Anyway, Now my thoughts. I found the action ok, there was too much sexuality, there was a lot of mumbojumbo, there was NO philosophical discussion in the entire Reloaded. If you went to the theater expecting something like the old Matrix, be sure to be disspointed, it has no intelligent toughts of any kind.
Anyway, I have to see the Reloaded another time to listen to the plot and make out just wtf happend in it.
My Idea is this, Zion itself is within the matrix, it's a safe guard, and the Matrix is acutally a matrix within the matrix, this is very likely how an AI would think and how they would have redudendent systems. I think by killing the machine in the real world, Neo has proved that it's not the real world at all, that it's also a part of another matrix. Ie. He has waken up from a level of the Matrix that no one else has woken up from.
Now that's kinda interesting and my interpretation might be faulty. Anyways, in November we'd know the truth.