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Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss The Great Computer
the Block of Wood
Hugo Weaving returns as a program gone rogue,
Carrie-Anne Moss is back as beauty
and Keanu Reeves returns as a lump of oak

"The Matrix Reloaded"

Reviewed by Carlos deVillalvilla

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Movies like this create a lot controversy by their very nature. A messianic figure, cutting-edge special effects and an overall hipper-than-thou feel. All of this and being the most eagerly-anticipated movie of the year, sure to be a box-office bonanza. No pressure here.

Hugo Weaving, Keanu Reeves
Those who saw the "Animatrix" episode that played before the theatrical version of "Dreamcatcher" (or downloaded it off the internet) know what is revealed early on in the picture. Some time has passed since the events of the first Matrix movie, and changes are coming to both the computer-generated world of the Matrix, as well as the bleak world of reality. Neo (Keanu Reeves) is responsible for the "awakening" of an unprecedented number of humans, swelling the population of Zion. However, one of the hoverships has discovered that the machines are drilling -- directly above Zion -- and hundreds of thousands of Sentinels follow the drills. Should the drills arrive at Zion, millions will die. Possibly the entire human race will be wiped out.

The Oracle (the late Gloria Foster in her final role; she died in 2001) has urgent information for Neo, but Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) is close on Neo's tail, and Smith has become a rogue program in the Matrix (a virus, maybe?), out of control and self-replicating, leading to a spectacular sequence in which Neo takes on hundreds of annoyed-looking Agent Smiths.

There are others who don't want those questions answered, but Neo knows that the only way to save humankind is to access the machine world's mainframe, source of the Matrix, and take it on. There, we discover information that calls into question everything we knew, or thought we knew about the world of the Matrix.

The movie ends on a cliffhanger note, which leaves the viewer vaguely unsatisfied. Still, there's a lot to digest, a very complex storyline and some of the most amazing visuals imaginable. As action movies go, this one may be the one that takes the cake.

On the minus side, Reeves continues to be one of the most wooden actors ever. He's unconvincing as a messiah, and his relationship with Trinity (Carrie Ann Moss) generates no chemistry. Thankfully, the other players - Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne), Link (Oz's Harold Perrineau), Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith), Persephone (Monica Belluci), Seraph (Collin Chou), the Twins (Neil and Adrian Rayment), Commander Lock (Harry Lennix), the Merovingian (Lambert Wilson) and Councillor Hamann (Anthony Zerbe) - more than make up for Reeve's lack of emotions.

Everybody's going to see this movie, and quite frankly, so should you (as if you haven't already). It may be the best action movie ever made. That said, it isn't perfect, and go in knowing there are some fairly major flaws. However, I'm left anticipating the final chapter - "The Matrix Revolutions" - in November, and therefore, this movie has accomplished mostly what it needs to.

By all means, the big screen. The effects - which are VERY special indeed - demand it.

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