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  Film Reviews: The Matrix Reloaded: It’s Even More Than Before  

Thursday, May 29
The Matrix Reloaded: It’s Even More Than Before
Once upon a time, “The Matrix” was this word-of-mouth blockbuster about folks clad in leather that could do really cool things with bullets. Then again, it was a lot more than that – so much so, that we’ve got two sequels coming this year. Call it the completion of what will be the new holy trinity of Sci-Fi.

Much will be argued about “The Matrix” for years to come. Sure, much of it will happen in Comic stores and at certain conventions, but there will eventually be a course listing called “The Discussions of Religion, Race and Sex in ‘The Matrix.’” The Wachowski Brothers have thrust themselves out of the hip-indie world and taken the head of the cultural icon table. They are to the new millennium what George Lucas was to the seventies.

Figuring out what “Reloaded” is supposed to be will be the test of time. While the Judeo-Christian trinity, Hindu highlights, the equality of the subjugated sexes and races are all surface themes readily explored, there begs an even deeper question…

Isn’t this just a cool film with awesome effects?

Of course it is! There’s no reason a film can’t be both fun and serve as the easiest slam-dunk paper on symbolism in film. Besides, this gives the uber-geeks even more reason to be superior. For those that see nothing but a special effects film, the uber-geeks will gleefully laugh at your ignorance. For those that see symbolism in the film, the uber-geeks will denounce them as being too ignorant to not have had a complete understanding of the philosophies by the age of eight. For the uber-geeks, it’s win-win.

For the rest of us, it’s another chapter in a fantastic series that seeks to answer the question about our place in the universe. This is what all good Sci-Fi really does. Let’s face it, we’re all just accidental heroes waiting to happen – the question is whether we’re a one-shot wonder or whether we’re the real deal.

Is Neo the real deal? Well, that’s a question left with some ambiguous answers. He is the real deal, but is it the real deal as we assumed the real deal was? Is he the real deal IN the Matrix, or can he also be the real deal outside of the Matrix? Is he the real deal for love or because he knows it is his destiny?

Most of these questions will be answered in six months – just enough time to get the DVD out and purchased to fuel the Matrix well into the holiday season and beyond. For those of you wanting to fill out your Oscar ballots early, expect “The Matrix” to win in the special effects category.

Sadly, I feel it is my public duty to inform people that Keannu Reeves does, in fact, have more lines in this film than in the last. Fortunately, most of the lines seem to center around Neo’s confusion – a seemingly natural state for Mr. Reeves.

The Usual:

What It’s Worth: You definitely want to pay full price for this one. In fact, you may want to pay twice. The first time, see this in a regular theater (make sure that the sound is digital and you have access to stadium seating), the second time, you’ll want to see the IMAX version.

Annoying Theater Goer: First, I’d like to lecture the father that decided a great father/daughter outing for his thirteen-year-old would be a night at “The Matrix.” NO thirteen-year-old girl wants to see that much Sci-Fi. Keannu is sooooo last millennium. Seriously, ask her what SHE wants to do! Secondly, when she continuously pops her gum for ten minutes straight, tell her to stop. The fact that I did it AND the fact that she immediately stopped indicates that it is not at all possible to get through to your daughter.

Main Reason To See This Film: If you’ve ever found yourself surrounded by a second family that became as important as your first family, this is a film that’s about you.

Main Reason Not To See This Film: You can’t stand Roberta Flack.

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Nudity: Yes.

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