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May 16, 2003

Emily's roundup of Matrix Reloaded

Daniel Radosh

Emily's roundup of Matrix Reloaded reviews. I have to count myself among the disappointed. But it's an uneven movie. The first 25 minutes are strictly dullsville. Then there's an hour and a half of slick, fun, sometimes fake-y action sequences that, as everyone has pointed out, ultimately fall flat because there's not much of a plot behind them. (Or rather, the plot is highly inorganic. The characters are assigned arbitrary goals, and artificial obstacles are thrown in their way. Ho hum.) But here's the weird part: the last 20 minutes -- after the action stops -- are great. Suddenly, just as Reloaded ends, the Matrix trilogy gets interesting again. Good thing there's a third chapter in the wings.

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