The Matrix: Reloaded
The MPAA rated The Matrix: Reloaded
(2003) R for sci-fi violence and some sexuality.
Whether or not you are one of
the fanatical followers (shall we even say believers) of the
original film in this trilogy, one thing that's clearly evident
is the movies incredible marketing appeal. Ive
discussed Matrix philosophies with Christians from
Catholics to Evangelicals to Mormons along with Muslims
and Atheists. Amazingly they all claim metaphysical enlightenment
from the film.
This charismatic crossover has
sent the movies profits soaring heavenward, making it
the first film to sell one million copies on DVD. Even this
week, as I sought to revisit The Matrix prior to the release
of its much-anticipated sequel, I had to call three video
shops before I could nab a copy to rent.
If youre detecting that
I wasnt one of the many who were propelled into a new
dimension before the final credits rolled
correct. I do attest that the original Matrix was a fine piece
of science fiction writing, and the production values of the
movie were superb. But a few less gunshots would have put
it into a PG-13 category with no harm done to the story. And
for me, it was just a movie.
But the real reason youre
reading this is to know what so many have already asked: Is
The Matrix: Reloaded suitable for my children? My teens?
Ive always been astonished
at the number of 8-year-olds that can quote from the first
movie. Mine are not among them. And parents would do well
to be aware this sequel ups the body count with an increase
in quantity of violence. Most of the killings are still bloodless,
but the only time the fighting stops, is to give someone an
opportunity to make an overwrought philosophical statement
about destiny and choice.
The naked body count is also
on the rise. Unlike the first movie, which was refreshingly
void of the usual sexual encounters, this second outing displays
a couple engaged in intercourse with the usual carefully positioned
arms, legs, and camera angles. This scene is inter-cut with
a dancing party that puts the R-rating into gRind.
As for the story, The Matrix:
Reloaded is yet another victim of digital distraction. Like the recent Star Wars episodes, when the effects budget
balloons it seems boys get far too busy with their toys, and
forget to keep the lowly word processor company.
The final product may provoke
an apostasy from this Hollywood religion by those who have
eagerly awaited the chance to have their minds expanded and
make their donation to The Matrix: Reloadeds collection