The matrix reloads again
Whoa. an unbelievable mindjob brought to you by the wachowski brothers. "reloaded" is a fast-paced movie; if you're not careful, you might get whiplashed. for starters, the special effects featured in this film far surpasses the previous "matrix" installment. consider bullet time the appetizer. "reloaded" gives you the full meal. neo's "burly brawl" with the agents include a blistering 360 degree camera swing while he spins furiously around a metal post. real? like the matrix itself, no. that scene was all done completely by cgi. the freeway chase is no picnic, either. $2.2 million worth of cars alone were trashed just for those 14 minutes- in addiiton, millions were poured into the making the freeway itself. trinity is an angel without wings here, as she rips up the road on her ducati motorcycle, with agents in tow. this chase alone is worth the $8. other visual goodies include battle scenes that resemble lethal ballets- the martial arts performed by neo, trinity, morpheus and company are heavier, more intense. so intense, i forgot to breathe at some points. many have complained about the plotline of "reloaded", critics included. no movie is perfect, but frankly, you cannot compare "reloaded" with the first "matrix". why? for one, the purpose of the first "matrix" was to build the background of neo, his journey into the unknown, his initiaion if you will, into hero-dom. while the first "matrix" focused only on a few characters, "reloaded" expands on the character cache, which can be a bit confusing at times, but will undoubtedly be effective in one way or another in "matrix: revolutions." also, in "reloaded", we see more of zion, something that is different from the first. it is here in zion that we see trinity and neo consumate their love for each other. a bit random, i have to say, and although seemingly pornographic at times, [ mild techno pounds in the background ] i throughougly enjoyed the fact that trinity and neo share that love between them- their relationship is more developed, emotional- trinity is seen as leather-clad, but more feminine and sexier. neo has taken a more christ-like role this time around. although still doubtful of himself at times, he is almost god-like, endowed with a multitude of new powers, like flying. the recurring dilliema through "reloaded" seems to be choice, free will, and fate. neo is to choose between saving humanity or saving trinity; will love prevail, or will duty? is the prophecy indeed true, or merely a hoax, a lie to disguise the truth? what was perceived to be real, is fake, and what is fake, is in actuality, real. confused? mindjob, i kid you not. don't blink, and please, use the restroom before the movie. i took what possibly was the quickest piss in history. not fun. humor is also a subtle, yet effective play in "reloaded"- dry humor, but humor nevertheless. if you're not familiar with the philosophy that serves as the frame of the movie, you probably won't experience the maximum effect of the film. following the writings of plato, the wachowski brothers shape neo as socrates, who is told that his mind will inevitably set the people free. very spiffy. eerily enough, socrates is put on trial and sentenced to death, which brings to mind another question: does neo die? religious allusions are abundant as well. the christian references are in no way hindering- all in all, the mythology, religion, and philosophy that the wachowski brothers bring in, accentuate the film's main purpose. neo is shown to have powers outside of the matrix- what does it all mean? and if things in the matrix can alter the real world, is "the real world" another matrix? "revolutions" holds the answers to these questions, and holds the final chapter in the battle for zion. it hits theaters november 5th of this year. for now, satisfy your cravings with a healthy dose of "reloaded", and do watch the first one again.