Now, is the overhyped Matrix Reloaded worth the criticism and/or praise? There's not an easy answer, since it's in fact only half of the movie and depending on the Matrix Revolutions to lift it up there with the Back To The Future II or sink it to Speed II (which is why Speed III wasn't made).
Let's examine the evidence bit by bit and make a conclusion of the whole...
Story - good, although it could be a lot better. And those 15-20 minutes after the initial action, including the sex-scene and Zion dancers should've been cut. Thanks to the DVD chapter system, that will be avoidable now!
Characters - some small development here and there (Neo as Jesus, Morpheus' beliefs a minority), but nothing worth writing home about. Some new characters (Niobe, Architect) clearly haven't played their whole role yet. And if Merovingian doesn't appear in the Revolutions with a significant role to play, I will feel cheated - not because he's a wonderful character (he is not) - but because it'll be clear he was put there to "look cool and speak some french" and not serve any higher narrative purpose. Also, it'll be a shame not to see a little more of Monica Belluci...
Action - the best directed and choreographed action you've ever seen. Outdoes the original Matrix, which is a tall order by itself. Finale on the freeway is unbelievable!
Dialogue - Machines are keeping us alive, while blah, blah, blah... Cause and effect... blah, blah, blah... Pretty boring when you hear it twice, but it's the same for the original.Read more ›