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I'm a big fan of the Matrix. I thought the Wachowski Bros. made something unique with the first film. When watching it, I felt Neo's anguish at being removed from the Matrix and having to adapt and face up to reality. I understood, if not agreed, with Cypher's desire to do anything to be reinserted into the Matrix. I understood Trinity's hesitance to let her guard down around Neo in the first film.In Reloaded, the writers/directors make even the human characters seem more like machines themselves. There seems to be no true emotions from the humans in the movie except for in one or two places. And the language, especially from the Morpheus character, is stuffy and archaic for no apparent reason other than theatrics.There is a 12 minute love scene between Neo and Trinity that the directors seem to use to try to compensate for the lack of emotional depth in the rest of the film. It doesn't work. The scene feels contrived and doesn't seem to fit the rest of the movie.Also, I'm a pretty smart cookie, and there were bits of dialogue that were explaining how The One (Neo) came to be that were very confusing. I'm probably going to have to see it again just to figure it out.Remember too, when you see it, that this is number 2 in a trilogy, and those always seem to be the most difficult to do and do well. This one falls short of The Empire Strikes Back, but it has some great number 2 moments.Now don't get me wrong. I still thought the movie was pretty good, the effects and fight scenes were cutting edge, but it definitely lacks something the first film had - it lacks heart.
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