Franchise Weekend – The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

matrix 2Director: The Wachowski Brothers

Writer: The Wachowski Brothers (Screenplay)

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Monica Bellucci, Essis Davis, Harry Lennix, Harold Perrineau, Jada Pinkett Smith. Gina Torres


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.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Bigger Sequel


Story: The Matrix Reloaded starts as we see the humans in the real world as Morpheus (Fishburne) joins the rest of the resistance as they are preparing for a fresh attack from the robots ruling the world. Neo (Reeves) still believed to be the one is an icon within the human settlement must continue to use his training to battle the new upgraded Agent Smith (Weaving) who has become more sinister than before.

Neo leading the war inside the Matrix where he must find a way to save Trinity (Moss) from his dreams, while Morpheus must prepare for the war in the real world where his choice leaves a divide with the remaining humans.

The Matrix Reloaded does build upon the classic original film by looking deeper into the how the Matrix is run as well as looking at how the battle in the real world is going. The mix of both of these stories comes off very strong and does make sense to go in the directing the story goes. I do feel like this is the builder film which we have come to know so well know but this film does leave the conclusion ready for the next film. This is a good addition to the sequence of films go that is well worth the watch.


Actor Review


Keanu Reeves: Neo has fully understood his powers now treated like an icon in the real world with people flocking to see his return. Neo is dealing with his own traumatic dreams where he witnesses Trinity’s death and with Agent Smith reaching new levels on intensity Neo’s journey takes him deeper into Matrix coding in search for the Architect. Keanu continues to make this role his own where we do get to see how iconic this character has become to his career.

Laurence Fishburne: Morpheus continues to Captain his ship but finds himself dealing with an old rival in the real world who wants his help in defence of an impending attack from the machines. Laurence is good as we get to see him pull off more action in the Matrix along with him looking lower ranked within the real world.

Carrie Anne Moss: Trinity now the partner of Neo in the real world continues to fight the good fight within the Matrix unaware that her potential future death is driving Neo. Carrie is good and continues to show the strong role.

Hugo Weaving: Agent Smith has received an upgrade well a self-taught upgrade which makes him the most powerful agent within the Matrix. He can duplicate making him have the numbers advantage over Neo this time. He continues to have the sinister nature we have grown to know making him a more dangerous enemy this time around. Hugo is good as this villain once more as we wait to see where his character goes next.

Support Cast: The Matrix Reloaded has a huge supporting cast this time around as we delve deeper into the characters inside the Matrix as well as looking at the humans battle the machines. This does make the film slightly hard to follow rather than just a relaxation style action film the first one had.

Director Review: The Wachowski BrothersThe brothers continue their epic story looking deeper into both sides of the battle for control.


Action: The Matrix Reloaded continues to have amazing action sequences even though small parts are very CGI heavy.

Sci-Fi: The Matrix Reloaded show both sides of the war where one is inside a computer generated world and the other is in a post-apocalyptic one showing the true sci-fi side of the story.

Settings: The Matrix Reloaded blends the two worlds together to make us see the struggle from both sides of the battle.
Special Effects
: The Matrix Reloaded has moments of stunning special effects but also has a couple of mixed bad effects.

Suggestion: The Matrix Reloaded is one I do think works as an action film which could and should be enjoyed by all. (Watch)


Best Part: Freeway scene.

Worst Part: Those effects within the Smith’s Neo brawl.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene:  No


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $150 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 18 Minutes

Tagline: Reload before the revolution begins.


Overall: Good sequel but only a builder.





I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER Screening at the 60th BFI London Film Festival With Talent Christopher Lloyd and Billy O’Brien to Attend

Screening at the 60th BFI London Film Festival With Talent Christopher Lloyd and Billy O’Brien to Attend

A dazzlingly original, darkly funny and disturbing gem with a  genre-bending twist, about a small town teenager in the US,  obsessed with serial killers, who unwittingly discovers the  identity of the killer who has been slaughtering residents for  body parts.

Featuring a star-making lead performance from 17-year-old  Max Records, and an extraordinary turn from Back To The  Future’s legendary Christopher LloydI AM NOT A SERIAL  KILLER is the most sheerly entertaining and audaciously  offbeat offering since Donnie Darko hit cinema screens.

A big hit when it premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival in March, this going to be a must-see film at  the prestigious London Film Festival where it screens in the Cult strand on 11th Oct at 9pm at the Prince Charles  and on 12th Oct at 9pm at The Ritzy, Brixton – with both Billy O’Brien and Christopher Lloyd expected to attend;  and it proves that leftfield indie cinema is alive and kicking, even if the Clayton County killer’s victims aren’t. “Hit  the switch John…”