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“MATRIX – RELOADED” – WILL BLOW YOU AWAY

Matrix fans, you can finally relax.  Matrix Reloaded is now in theatres. I, like you have been anxiously looking forward to the sequel ever since the closing credits of the Matrix, four years ago. As the most anticipated movie of 2003 arrives, everyone is eager to find out what happens in the continuing saga of this sci fi fantasy.  And, if you thought the first was a mind bending cinema trip, better put your thinking caps back on, because this one is even more cerebral. Your appetite for thought provoking issues are about to be dished out in another well served portion.  But, it’s not  complete, since the final installment of this fascinating and intriguing trilogy won’t hit the screens until November.

When the Matrix was released in 1999, it was heralded as a revolution in filmmaking, utilizing new motion capturing camera techniques and visually astounding special effect sequences, never before seen, that has forever influenced the way  action movies have since been made. Matrix Reloaded ups the antes fulfilling the promise of enhancing the story with more eye dazzling, incredible top notch CGI action sequences, and a pulsating techno music score that will knock your socks off.  But, my advice to those who failed to catch Part One, is that you better see that episode first. Be prepared, because this second installment does not recap what came before and you are going to be overwhelmed,  if not confused, by the complex storyline. However, for you action fans out there who don’t give a hoot about using your mind, this will more than foot the bill. The fifteen minute freeway chase involving cars, motorcycles, explosions and a high flying martial arts fight aboard a tractor trailer, plus the battle between Neo and the Smith clones, known as the Burly Brawl, are worth the ticket price alone. And if you are wondering about the R rating – just wait until you see the MTV like dance sequence with limitless bodies dancing, bumping, grinding and writhing in what looks like a giant mosh pit, while Trinity and Neo are away making love. It’s pretty steamy!

The film opens where we left off.  Former computer hacker Neo (Keanu Reeves) had discovered that most of the human race has been plugged into an illusionary world controlled by machines that sap their energy for power. Only a small portion of humanity has become unplugged, seeking refuge in an underground society deep beneath the earth  called Zion.  Aware that he is the “One” prophesized to save humans from their machine enslavement, Neo has 36 hours to stop the quarter of a million sentinels sent to destroy Zion, and to try to decipher his troubling dreams and uncover the truth about the Matrix.

That’s a heavy burden.  But, he gets help from returning characters, rebel leader Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) who believes once the prophesy is fulfilled (Neo consulting the Oracle) the war will end, and Neo’s lover, the strong willed, powerful, Trinity (Carrie Anne Moss), along with newcomers to the story, Link (operator of the Nebuchadnezzar spacecraft, and Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith) Morpheus’s former lover, who has moved on to another macho rebel commander, but realizes in her heart “some things never change”.

Like Alice In Wonderland, Neo encounters various intriguing characters, some assisting him in his mission, others looking to make sure he’s stopped. Along the way, he meets up with self indulgent French speaking Matrix power broker, Merovingian (Lambert Wilson),  and his beautiful wife Persephone (Monica Bellucci). Through them, Neo must find the Keymaker (Randall Duk Kim) who possesses the key to the door of the computer mainframe, and which ultimately leads to a confrontation with the Architect (Helmut Bakaitis) of the Matrix.  But of course, Neo also has to deal with  Matrix Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) a troublesome pseudo program, upgraded since his last encounter with Neo, who now possesses the power to continually replicate himself.

The Wachowski brothers, brilliant director/writers Andy and Larry, introduced audiences of the Matrix to a world like no other.  Some may find their vision of technology mixed with religious, metaphysical, mythological and philosophical overtones too lofty to grasp, and disregard it as pretentious mumbo jumbo. But ideas such as theology, choice and destiny, cause and effect, reality versus illusion, and the nature of our universe have created timeless questions for mankind in our search for understanding and knowledge. The filmmakers have dared to explore these issues in a profound way. Whether you see  Neo as a messianic figure, or just another superhero trying to stop machines from controlling the world, the fact is Matrix Reloaded is an awesome piece of filmmaking, anyway you look at it.  Free your mind and get reloaded for the upcoming final installment of the trilogy. The Matrix Revolutions promises to be another turn on!