FREE YOUR MIND.
As Neo’s (Keanu Reeves) powers are growing stronger, the humans must find the Keymaker who could lead them to the machines’ mainframe. There are moments in this costly sequel to The Matrix (1999) when you begin to wonder whether this is a computer game or a movie. But the non-stop action sequences do indeed have astonishing visual effects, with the freeway chase as the pièce de résistance. New characters making welcome contributions include the ghost twins, and Hugo Weaving is once again outstanding as the now multiplying, renegade Agent Smith. If only the directors wouldn’t take everything so damn seriously.
2003-U.S. 138 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Joel Silver. Written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers. Cinematography: Bill Pope. Visual Effects: John Gaeta, and others. Cast: Keanu Reeves (Thomas ”Neo” Anderson), Laurence Fishburne (Morpheus), Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity), Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gloria Foster.
Trivia: Foster, who plays the Oracle, died before shooting any scenes for the third and final part of the series, The Matrix Revolutions (2003).
Last word: “Some of the things I had to do were a little more advanced such as some of the multi-fighting and the weapons. I just did it through basically practice and learning. Because of the experience of the first one I had some body memory. I knew what I was going into and so I could pick up the choreography quicker and I knew where I was in wirework.” (Reeves, IOFilm)