The epic war between man and machine heads for a thundering crescendo. The Zion military desperately battles to hold back the Sentinel invasion as the Machine army bores into their stronghold. Agent Smith meanwhile goes from strength to strength. Neo and Trinity embark on a dangerous journey above ground, into the heart of the machine city. There, Neo comes face to face with the the ultimate power in the Machine world: the Deus Ex Machina, and is forced to strike a bargain to ensure the survival of mankind.
129 minutes, No persons under 10 (Violence)
Action, Thriller, Sci-fi
Ian Douglas: Ja well no fine... on the plus side, there are the to-be-expected great visual and special effects. On the downside,
I was a bit lost at the beginning, since I couldn't remember how the second movie ended, and there was no ''previously on The Matrix'' to remind
the audience. About a third of the way in, the movie shifts casts and plotline to focus on the attack and defense of Zion, leaving us wondering
what Neo and Trinity are up to for quite a long while. Neo eventually does his thing for the final third.
The film is pretty light on martial-arts
action, and what there is, is often cowboy style, i.e. puching each other on the chin etc, which is a great way to hurt your hands instead of your
opponent. I still don't understand the ending, or why Neo succeeded in making the deal that he did... it feels like important plot points ended
up on the cutting room floor.
FWIW, Violet was bored out of her mind, I was trying desperately to make sense of the philosophy in the dialogue, trying
to figure out exactly what the metaphors were, mostly without success... At this point, I think the second movie was the best of the series.