Matrix Reloaded, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +4

Content: -3

Spectacular special effects capture nearly every scene in this Warner Brothers Sci-Fi thriller. The movie sequels the first film simply known as The Matrix. Sometime in the future, mankind creates artificial intelligence (AI) in machines. The AI machines procreate, producing a race of intelligent robotic beings. The machines and humans wage war against each other. When the machines gain the upper hand, they enslave the human race. This is where the story begins. A small group of humans have broken free of the Matrix, a form of mind induced slavery. One of the humans, Neo (Keanu Reeves), has the ability to shape the Matrix in ways that the machines cannot. Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), and Neo strive to free the rest of the human race. They flee from the machines barely keeping a step ahead. The battles continue toward a final showdown, which could seal the fate of humanity. This is the middle movie of what will be a three-part saga. The final Matrix movie is due out in November of this year.

The amazing thing about the Matrix movies continues to be its philosophic ideals. The last movie loosely paralleled the Biblical image of Jesus Christ. This movie takes up the argument of Causation or Free Will. The movie provides an excellent starting point about the nature of Human Existence. Most people have questions about faith and life, but rarely talk about them. This movie offers a forum for these discussions. The human characters center their lives on helping others. They possess a common bond when working toward a common goal. The characters have different opinions on how to achieve their goals, but respect one other as they work through their differences. Matrix Reloaded contains the following negative aspects. The hero of the movie sleeps with his girlfriend. The machines possess the bodies of humans. The person whom all the humans trust appears to betray their faith. The action sequences contain numerous hand-to-hand combats. There are more aggressive acts per second than a professional boxing match. The Matrix Reloaded shoots itself in the foot with graphic violence and inappropriate sexual scenes.

Preview Reviewer: Blaine Butcher
Warner Bros

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (2) times - mild (1), severe (1)

Obscene Language: Many (15) times F-word (2), S-word (13)

Profanity: Few (3) times- Exclamatory G (1), G-D(2)

Violence: Many times- Severe (numerous shootings, hand to hand fighting, multiple corpses, gun wounds, exploding cars, many deaths, people attempt to run over others with vehicle, bombs,)

Sex: once

Nudity: Several: (Mans buttocks, womans back, woman and man shown together having sex uncovered)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (men talk about woman who use to be with them, couple talk about getting together, wife accuses husband of being kissed in the groin by another woman, man is excited about spending night with his wife)

Drugs: Mild- alcohol & tobacco used in moderation

Other: (Machines take over human bodies, machines have ability to turn humans into machines, vampires and werewolves try to kill people, people stick metal rod into their heads to join virtual reality world, man worshipped by others as a god, )

Running Time: About 140 minut
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

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