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The Matrix reloaded

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Movie propaganda

Free your mind.

Neo (Keanu Reeves) and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover and destroy Zion. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) from a dark fate in his dreams.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film science fiction action martial arts

Persons of interest

  • Keanu Reeves .... Neo
  • Carrie-Anne Moss .... Trinity
  • Laurence Fishburne .... Morpheus
  • Daniel Bernhardt .... Agent Johnson
  • Harry Lennix .... Lock
  • Matt McColm .... Agent Thompson
  • Jada Pinkett-Smith .... Niobi
  • Hugo Weaving .... Smith
  • Nona Gaye .... Zee
  • Roy Jones Junior .... Captain Ballard
  • Gloria Foster .... The Oracle
  • Monica Belluci .... Persephone
  • Harold Perrineau Junior .... Kain
  • Steve Bastoni .... Captain Sorren
  • Clayton Watson .... The Kid
  • Andy Wachowski .... Screenwriter
  • Larry Wachowski .... Screenwriter
  • Andy Wachowski .... Director
  • Larry Wachowski .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Ok, nothing I say is going to make you see The Matrix reloaded if you hated The Matrix and nothing I say is going to make you see The Matrix reloaded if you loved The Matrix so I won't be saying much.

The Matrix reloaded suffers from Middle Child Syndrome. A parent's first child is adored because they are the first child: everything is new, every day is a new experience. A parent's last child is adored because they are the last child: everything and every day is the last time it will happen. A parent's middle child can be loved but rarely adored because it's not the first and it isn't the last. In the panoply of offspring it's just another mouth to feed. Translating that to filmic advice is easy: The Matrix blew everyone away because it was an astounding vision; The Matrix revolutions will be the end of the story and our final dose of Matrix coolness so it will go off; The Matrix reloaded - no matter how good it may be - is a filler story to get us from Number 1 to Number 3.

For those who have seen it, The Animatrix provides some interesting background stories, filling out some otherwise inscrutable references (like the creation of the Matrix, destruction of the Osiris and The Kid who keeps hanging around Neo). Otherwise, there're a lot of bits which are just plain coolness (such as Neo fighting 20 or 30 iterations of Smith) as well as some stretching of the special effects boundary (in a non-stop action highway death duel sequence).

Anyway, you'll either see it or you'll refuse to see it, so go and do whatever it is in your mind (or heart) to do.

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence, medium level sex scene)

Surveillance time

136 minutes (2:16 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 16 May 2003

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