Matrix Reloaded

December 1st, 2003 DVD Reviews, Film, Filmink

The Film

Some fans hated it, most were blown away by the bigger, better, louder approach. Bullet time is just sooo 20th Century, so the Wachowskis give the franchise even more groundbreaking visual trickery by dropping Neo, Trinity and Morpheus in a deeper, more action packed Matrix.

The Sight & Sound

On a home cinema system, it’d be just like being there — in a film where the sound design is one of the superstars, it’s what DVD is all about.

The Extras

The extras aren’t everything fans could hope for, but nor is the double disc set a hammered-together afterthought.

Considering the multitude of big names involved (besides the publicity shy writer/director dynamic duo), a commentary or two wouldn’t have gone astray. Alas, we have to make do with only a collection of docos. They concentrate on the general making of, the enormous job of putting the freeway chase together, and production of the Enter the Matrix video game.

A short on the marketing tie-ins Warner bros cleverly signed up with the likes of Samsung and Gatorade is interesting fluff, as is an Animatrix trailer and the hilarious Justin Timberlake/Seann William Scott parody that opened this years MTV movie awards.

The Worth

Don’t despair if it leaves you wanting — along with Lord of the Rings, The Matrix franchise is fanboy paradise. Expect many more editions and box sets in years to come, but until then, this one will whet your appetite.

3.5 out of 5

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