Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stunning, but Confusing Too

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stunning, but Confusing Too

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The Chronicle's Young Reviewers were among the first in the region to see The Matrix Reloaded. Here, two give their opinions on the film

THE MATRIX RELOADED (15, 138mins) Action/sci-fi. Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Cyber-thriller The Matrix is one of the most innovative and successful films of recent years.

The mind-blowing second instalment, The Matrix Reloaded, has finally arrived, so strap yourselves in, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

The Matrix followed the journey of computer whiz-kid Neo (Keanu Reeves) as his uber-cool mentor Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) as he set his mind free from the Matrix. But what actually is the Matrix? It's an illusion, a fabrication and a deception"of epic proportions.

It resulted from a war of man against machine sparked by the growth of artificial intelligence.

To secure their power over mankind the machines created a computer programme (the Matrix) wherein the minds and souls of mankind are trapped in a virtual reality.

Neo's quest to save humanity is foretold by the elusive Oracle, who declares him to be "the one".

The Matrix Reloaded centres on desperate attempts to prevent the all-powerful machines from destroying Zion, the only remaining free human city.

The originality and magnitude of the special effects are pushed to the limit in the longest, and arguably best, car chase in cinematic history and in Neo's fight with 100 clones of the sinister, sneering Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) in one of the most elaborate action-packed fight scenes ever.

But the film is not all genius. Reeves's acting is cool or wooden, depending on your perception. Either way it is one-dimensional.

Neo's superman-style flying is too convenient and too cliched. The use of technical computer jargon adds more confusion to an already chaotic storyline and without watching The Matrix first you will probably find it very difficult to follow.

But the film is breathtaking and is a must-see movie.

But be warned - you are left wondering about the Oracle's role in the creation of the Matrix, who the bad guy really is and whether Zion will fall to the evil Sentinel robots. …

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