Parents' Guide to

The Matrix Reloaded

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Second Matrix movie is violent but still exciting.

Movie R 2003 138 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 15+

This film deserves many is quite good.

I saw this film when it was released in theaters in 2003. I, like many people before me was not very impressed. I thought the film had some bright spots, but in general I lamented how it was "not as good as the first one". I recently re-watched it in preparation for The Matrix Resurrections and I have to admit that I was a silly 27 year old that did not appreciate storytelling and character building. Although it is clear that they had a much bigger budget that they expeditiously used to make a lot of very long fight scenes it is also clear that the Wachowski's had a vision for their world that they created and had generously invited us all to observe. I appreciate this film a lot more on the re-watch.
age 14+

Really Good Movie.


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This movie lives up to fans' expectations in many ways, serving as a bridge between the chapter that sets up the conflict and the chapter that resolves it. The Matrix Reloaded has some narrative weaknesses, but there are electrifying fight scenes, an audaciously dystopic vision, zillions of explosions and car crashes, a steamy love scene, and visual effects that continue to raise the bar.

Some of the action sequences will simply knock your socks off. The Matrix's Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) has learned how to multiply, and Neo has to fight a hundred Smiths, each with its own version of Weaving's magnificently cocked eyebrow. Real-life twins (and black belt karate instructors) Adrien and Neil Rayment play dredlocked albinos who can turn themselves into ghost-like wraiths out to destroy our heroes. And there's a heart-stopping 14-minute chase and crash scene on a freeway. But the movie's most powerful scene doesn't have fancy special effects or explosions. It's the conversation between Neo and the Oracle (played with endless warmth, wit, and spirit by the late Gloria Foster). The movie also taps into epic questions of destiny, causality, identity, and choice.

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