Matrix sequels 'meaningful'
by Garry Maddox
It is deep into the shoot for the two sequels to The Matrix in Sydney, but producer Joel Silver says the toughest leg is still to come. "The most complicated sequence of the entire movie will not start shooting for two or three weeks," he says. "That is a 14-minute sequence that is the most complicated sequence ever put on film."
Given the secrecy surrounding the sequels since directors Larry and Andy Wachowski started filming late last year, it was not surprising that Silver was keeping quiet about the details of this ambitious sequence.
But he did suggest The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, due for release in May and then December next year, aimed to be about something meaningful rather than just escapist action.
"It's so weird to say this but it's a treatise on our times and where we're going and how to not go there," he said in response to a question about how the terrorist attacks on September 11 affected film-making. "It's about global warming and the Catholic church. It's about all that stuff that's going on in our lives that we can't really grab onto."
A press conference also featuring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving and other key actors was a rare glimpse into a production that has monopolised Fox Studios this year.
Such is the international interest in the sequels that a teaser trailer released on the Internet earlier this month was downloaded more than two million times within 72 hours.
Silver continued the hype by saying that some of the visual effects were so expensive and time-consuming they will never be repeated for a film. One visual effect for a single shot took two-and-a-half years to create.
"I really think that the bar has been raised so high that there is no more bar."