A review by Shlomoh Sherman

Director(s): Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
Also Known As: Matrix 2, The (2001) (USA: working title)
Matrix Reloaded: The IMAX Experience, The (2003) (USA: IMAX version)
MPAA: Rated R for sci-fi violence and some sexuality.
Taglines: Free your mind.
Genres: Action - Sci-Fi
Runtime: 138 min
Plot: Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.
Country: USA - Australia
Language: English - French
Release Date: May 15, 2003 (USA)
Also Known As: The Burly Man
Filming Locations: 16th Street, Oakland, California, USA

For most of us who saw and liked THE MATRIX, and patiently awaited this sequel with anticipation, the letdown is more than just an insult from the Wachowski boys.

To begin with, the movie doesn't know where to go or what to do with itself. Instead of continuing an interesting story, the film makers chose to present us with a series of ongoing fight sequences and "stunt photography".

Agent Smith, the most interesting of villains, is misused, hardly used at all except to constantly engage in supernatural martial arts with Neo, the messianic hero.

There appears to be something like an orgy scene stuck into the film that makes no logical sense.

Laurence Fishburne [Morpheus] has put on so much weight since the first film that he looks as though he's eaten an elephant, even if it is only a make-believe one in the matrix.

One can only wonder what horror awaits us in the next sequel. Not horror in the sense of scaring us but in the sense of duping and cheating us once again. My girl friend, who left in mid-showing and said that she was going home to prepare a nice dinner for me, said she was happy that we had brought two cars to the show.

Several Arab newspapers have labeled the film as Israeli propaganda because the home land of the rebels is named Zion, pronouned ZAYON.

Finally, Keanu Reeves [Neo] looked as though he couldn't wait to run out of the film and get back to TED AND BILL'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE.

Please save your money. Wait till it comes on televeision. Maybe the boob tube will enhance the movie by making it smaller.

Cast in alphabetical order:
Ray Anthony .... Power Station Guard
Christine Anu .... Kali
Andy Arness .... Police #2
Alima Ashton-Sheibu .... Link's Niece
Helmut Bakaitis .... The Architect
Steve Bastoni .... Soren
Don Battee .... Vector (as Don Batte)
Monica Bellucci .... Persephone
Daniel Bernhardt .... Agent Johnson
Valerie Berry .... Priestess
Ian Bliss .... Bane
Liliana Bogatko .... Old Woman at Zion
Michael Budd .... Zion Controller
Stoney Burke .... Bike Carrier Driver
Kelly Butler .... Ice
Josephine Byrnes .... Zion Virtual Control Operator
Noris Campos .... Woman with Groceries
Sing Ngai .... Seraph (as Collin Chou)
Paul Cotter .... Corrupt
Marlene Cummins .... Another Old Woman at Zion
Attila Davidhazy .... Young Thomas Anderson at 12
Essie Davis .... Maggie
Terrell Dixon .... Wurm
Nash Edgerton .... Security Guard #5
Laurence Fishburne .... Morpheus
Gloria Foster .... The Oracle
David Franklin .... Maitre D'
Austin Galuppo .... Young Thomas Anderson at 4
Nona M. Gaye .... Zee (as Nona Gaye)
Daryl Heath .... A.P.U. Escort
Roy Jones Jr. .... Ballard
Malcolm Kennard .... Abel (as Malcom Kennard)
David Kilde .... Agent Jackson (as David A. Kilde)
Randall Duk Kim .... The Keymaker
Christopher Kirby .... Mauser
Peter Lamb .... Colt
Nathaniel Lees .... Mifune
Harry J. Lennix .... Commander Lock (as Harry Lennix)
Tony Lynch .... Computer Room Technician
Robert Mammone .... AK
Joshua Mbakwe .... Link's Nephew
Matt McColm .... Agent Thompson
Scott McLean .... Security Bunker Guard #2
Chris Mitchell .... Power Station Guard
Steve Morris .... Computer Room Guard
Carrie-Anne Moss .... Trinity
Tory Mussett .... Beautiful Woman at Le Vrai
Rene Naufahu .... Zion Gate Operator
Robyn Nevin .... Councillor Dillard
David No .... Cain
Genevieve O'Reilly .... Officer Wirtz
Socratis Otto .... Operator
Harold Perrineau Jr. .... Link (as Harold Perrineau)
Jada Pinkett Smith .... Niobe
Montaño Rain .... Young Thomas Anderson at 8
Adrian Rayment .... Twin #2
Neil Rayment .... Twin #1
Rupert Reid .... Lock's Lieutenant
Keanu Reeves .... Neo
David Roberts .... Roland
Shane C. Rodrigo .... Ajax
Nick Scoggin .... Gidim Truck Driver
Kevin Scott .... 18 Wheel Trucker (as Kevin C. Scott)
Tahei Simpson .... Binary
Frankie Stevens .... Tirant
Nicandro Thomas .... Young Thomas Anderson at 2
Gina Torres .... Cas
Andrew Valli .... Police #1
Steve Vella .... Malachi
John Walton .... Security Bunker Guard
Clayton Watson .... Kid
Hugo Weaving .... Agent Smith
Cornel West .... Councillor West
Leigh Whannell .... Axel (as Leigh Whannel)
Bernard White .... Rama-Kandra
Lambert Wilson .... Merovingian
Anthony Wong .... Ghost
Anthony Zerbe .... Councillor Hamann

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