1. It suffers from "middle chapter" syndrome, and
unlike most other middle chapter movies, it is not a self-contained film. It is
merely there to provide the transition between #1 and #3.
- It begins at a point which would be completely
incomprehensible if you missed #1. In fact, if you have not seen
the first, either do so or skip this one, because you won't have
any idea what's going on. Hell, it isn't that simple even if you
HAVE seen #1.
- It ends on a cliffhanger, like one of those
old-time serials. Many people found this irritating.
2. The fight scenes are
- repetitious - same old stuff over and over
- predictable - it's a middle chapter, so we know
that Neo always wins, therefore there is no dramatic tension.
- illogical - in each fight scene, Neo seems to be barely holding his
own for a while, until he goes into completely dominant Superman
mode. We wondered why he wasted his time. Why not just do the
Superman thing right away?
Elya dissented partially on this one. I thought
all the fight scenes were too long and included too much of the same
actions, but Elya
liked the fight scene with Morpheus battling an agent on top of the
moving truck in freeway traffic, because there was some tension -
always the chance that Morpheus would lose.
3. The dancing scene goes on too long.
DVD info from Amazon
widescreen anamorphic 2.35:1.
Good transfer of good cinematography.
several documentaries on the
creation of the film
the parody of the film from
the MTV awards
the trailer from the
1. Very intricate and challenging philosophical
issues. Are the prophecies just another construct of the Matrix? Is
it possible that "The One" himself is just part of the program -
like some kind of a steam valve to control the small percentage of
humans who reject the Matrix? Is Neo really the sixth "One", or
is it a lie made up by the machines to throw him off their scent?
What is the deal with Agent Smith? Is he now outside the Matrix?
2. Imaginative concepts matched to imaginative
General UK consensus: two
and a half to three stars. Mail 4/10, Telegraph 6/10, Independent 4/10, Guardian
8/10, Times 4/10, Sun 10/10, Express 10/10, Mirror 8/10, BBC 3/5
Box Office Mojo. It was budgeted at $150 million for
production, and the distribution/advertising costs were
estimated around $50 million. It did $281 million at the
domestic box, and was a monster hit overseas with $450
million. (The original grossed $170 million)
|The meaning of the IMDb
score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics,
or a C- from our system.
Films rated below five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one
and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but
will be considered excellent by genre fans, while
C- indicates that it we found it to
be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for
fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is
recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C-
that often, because we like movies and we think that most of
them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know
that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below
Based on this description,
this is a C. It is an enjoyable, thoughtful film
with some flaws, the most important of which is that it has no
beginning or end.