Don’t get me wrong. „The Matrix Reloaded“ is very good film. Actually, it is quite remarkable for a sequel that is also the second part of a trilogy. But that said, it is not, as opposed to its predecessor, a great film.
Why is that? Well, where the first film was able to intelligently translate the existential questions which we carry around with us – whether we are able and/or willing to actually articulate them (like these scholars do) is an entirely different issue – to the digital age and combine that with a stunning visualisation, the second part sometimes gave me the impression of having been written around the visual effects, with additional elements from a motley collection of mytholgies diluting the initial brilliance of the story – I’m probably not ruining anything for those who haven’t yet seen it with these examples – the „ghosts“ and „vampires“ (remnant’s from an earlier, seemingly „medieval“ version of the Matrix), the reanimation scene.
Of course, in the Matrix, everything imaginable is possible. But it does come at a price: the Matrix overloads a little.
But then again, maybe my criticism is a little overloaded, too. Maybe I am a victim of overloaded expectations. Maybe some lack of clarity is intended, and indeed necessary for a second part of a trilogy. And maybe the Wachowski brothers will be able to satisfactorily dissolve the overloaded web they spun in this part in „The Matrix Revolutions.“
All I know for sure is I have to wait another six months to find out. And that is not making me happy.