The Matrix Reloaded

February 20, 2021 - Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Laurence Fishburne continue their battle against Artificial Intelligence in this R-rated sequel from 2003. This time, they have help from Jada Pinkett Smith, but the AI army of Agent Smiths has also upped its game.

As best I can tell, about six months has passed since the end of the first film. Neo, Trinity and Morpheus pay a triumphant visit to Zion, the last community of humans on Earth. Zion is preparing to defend itself against an impending attack by machines called Sentinels that are intent on destroying Zion. While Zion musters its defenses, Morpheus believes that the only way to save Zion is for Neo, a.k.a. "The One," to go deeper into the Matrix than ever before.

Overall review: ** The characters and the fantastic special effects featured in the Oscar-winning original are back. Also back are fight sequences and chase scenes. But here, they seem to go on and on and on, serving mainly to fill large gaps between limited plot points. As the second film in The Matrix trilogy, this sequel has a bad case of middle child syndrome. It exists mainly to bridge the gap between the first movie and the third one yet to come.