Words cannot express how disappointed I was with this film at the cinema. Four years of hype built up this wordy, boring and confusing film. Today, I merely tolerate it. I can at least say it’s not a terrible film. But that’s about it. In comparison to the lean original, ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ is bloated to the extreme (and without purpose). Both dialogue scenes and action scenes are stretched out to snapping point. Take the Burly Brawl. We get the point of it within a few minutes. There are lots of Agent Smiths. Why does it go on and on? The highway chase scene is undoubtedly impressive on a technical level, but you wish it would be cut down a five minutes.
Not only that, but people talk and talk, repeating themselves and beating us with philosophies of free will. It feels as though the filmmakers are trying to replicate what made the original great, but are trying in vain. That being, there are interesting plot points and twists, but they’re buried under so much bloat.
Hammy’s Rating: 2/5
The Architect’s Speech (purely because it flies in the face of everything you expect from a climax)
‘We’re not here because we’re free. We’re here because we’re not free’
Click here for my Quick Review of The Matrix (1999)
Click here for my Quick Review of The Matrix Revolutions (2003)