The Wachowskis direct Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne in this sci-fi sequel where the survivors of Zion make a final stand against the machines.
This was released simultaneously around the globe, some countries getting it at 3AM in the morning if their time zone was unfortunate. We saw it in the Czech Republic in a wooden seat cinema under a main road, the trams occasionally rumbled overhead creating a primitive 4DX experience. All I remember is being very restless and needing to pee a lot. Welcoming a break each time. Hard to say I was disappointed as my expectations were low, but this really sank the franchise. A good hour is spent following nobodies, which you might say is a sly undermining of the series’ blatant messiah dynamics. The action feels really inconsequential, whether there is a star or a no-hoper centered in the frame. The big finale is juvenile and ultimately, given the reboot, ignored in the grand scheme of things. Both watches: boring, and surprisingly overlong for a mere two hour film.
Perfect Double Bill: The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
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