"The Matrix Reloaded" (2003) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #151 Gem Mint 10


"The Matrix Reloaded" (2003)

Director: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski

Writer: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Monica Belluci, Daniel Bernhardt, Jada-Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, Harold Perrineau, Gloria Foster, Randall Duk Kim

Rated: R for sci-fi violence and some sexuality

Runtime: 2h 18m

Genre: Action | Sci-Fi

Country: United States

Language: English | French

Available on: Various VOD platforms

"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."


You might like this if you like: Action, Sci-Fi, Martial Arts, 'The Matrix', Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Monica Belluci, Daniel Bernhardt, Jada-Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, Harold Perrineau, Gloria Foster, Randall Duk Kim


Laurence Fishburne in "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003)


As I mentioned in my review for “The Matrix” (1999), I saw parts of this one first which was what drew me into ‘The Matrix’ in the first place.


My favorite aspect about this film, and most sequels in fact, is how they play with the new technology. At times, I wished the first one looked like this, but overall I think the first film is near perfect, whereas this one feels like it leans more on its set pieces and visuals.


Carrie-Anne Moss in The Matrix Reloaded" (2003)


It’s still one of the most exciting rides I’ve ever been on! If you’re just a big action fan like me and have a soft spot for martial arts, it’s incredibly enjoyable! It’s over-the-top good and delivers some of my favorite action scenes of all time.


From the opening sequence, to the courtyard with Agent Smith(s), the weapon wall scene pre-twins, the highway scene with the twins and Morpheus, it’s a visual masterpiece much like it’s predecessor.


Neil Rayment & Adrian Rayment in The Matrix Reloaded" (2003)


The originality of the story and where are characters go is less interesting to me for sure, but most of what I loved about the first one was there and amplified to 100.


Side note - Hearing ‘Rage Against the Machine’ in a film again was almost all I needed.


Jada Pinkett Smith in The Matrix Reloaded" (2003)


Jada Pinkett Smith was a great addition, I just love her. I’m not necessarily praising the story here, but she did do a fantastic job. Monica Belluci and Lambert Wilson were interesting characters thrown into the mix that I enjoyed.


The Matrix Reloaded" (2003)


I still just love watching this film. It’s like hopping on a really fun rollercoaster and it just gets your adrenaline going! Martial arts of all kinds, a visual effects feast and a wonderful universe to play in. Again, the first will still remain the true favorite, but “Reloaded” comes pretty damn close for me.


Written by Sam Gall on Dec 21, 2021


CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0


"The whole film may be more than a bit suspect cerebrally, with dime-store philosophy, potted mysticism and cut-price otherworldliness, but visually it gives full value as a virtuoso workout for your senses." - Alexander Walker, London Evening Standard


"Indeed, if you loved the first Matrix and its mix of comic-book angst, martial arts, virtual reality, video-game punch-ups, pop philosophy, biblical subtext, romance, tragedy and pathos, then you won't be disappointed." - Barbara Ellen, Times (UK)


"While not the all-guns-blazing 5-out-of-5 its predecessor was I still find The Matrix Reloaded a fun film, full of a fun sci-fi plot and plenty of crazy action sequences." - David Hogan, hoganreviews.co.uk


"Everything I wanted in a Matrix sequel" - Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures


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