EXCLUSIVE: Script Review - THE MATRIX RELOADED
by Carl Lazarevic
Matrix is one of the most popular movies of the MTV generation featuring as it does a lot of cool effects and music video direction. However for the time being that is all that The Matrix can boast, at least until the sequel is released.
The script for The Matrix Reloaded deals with the story taking place a few days after Neo destroyed Agent Smith and deals with the crews next mission. At the start we get to see our first real glimpses of Zion which is described as a sort of futuristic sailers port complete with old dingy bar for the group to swap stories. This is really just used to introduce the new characters and to give a brief explanation of the events of the first film, but to be honest I think the script could have done without it as it features a little too much of the cheesy dialogue that plagued the original film. Morpheus noble presence from the original has been reduced to an almost teenager like presence as he jokes about fighting with Neo, and Trinity makes a few sexual references to Neo that seemed way out of character.
That about describes the dialogue throughout the film but this is the only dialogue heavy scene so it doesn't really effect the story as a whole, meaning that as long as the actors can resist ad-libbing too much cheesy stuff then it could turn out to be an incredibly exciting blockbuster. If you thought the action found in the first film was good then trust me you haven't seen anything yet because this script features some absolutely incredible action sequences, such as the moment where Neo faces off against agent Smith who proceeds to multiply himself a thousand times, or a bullet time bike crash featuring a member of a biker gang who'm the agents have taken a special interest in. Given the right direction these scenes could be absolutely brilliant and given the original films action I tend to have faith in the Wachowski Brothers ability to pull off the Bullet Time effects, however I hope that in the real time action that they can make the camera a little more sedate than the original. There is nothing in the script that really calls for a hyperactive camera and if these scenes are pulled off well enough, and the right soundtrack is chosen then the potential in these scenes will be fulfilled.
Saying that though there still is a few cheesy moments such as Neo taking flight but these can be forgiven due to the high standard of the other action scenes and the story has finally been purged of a lot of it's quasi religious nonsense that made the original feel so pretentious. Now it is finally a blockbuster that deals with a serious subject while never going out of it's depth. What it deals with though is infinitely more serious than the original as Neo starts to realize the consequences of destroying The Matrix and starts to wonder whether or not it's really worth it. It would have been nice for this subject to have been developed a bit more than just a few comments at the end but I am greatful that they have avoided the temptation to fake depth that they used in the original because this has made The Matrix Reloaded much more enjoyable than the original. Unfortunately I do suspect that the writers have made a few touch ups to this script in order to heighten the cheese factor on the action scenes but from what I've seen so far the story has remained what I've read here.
So while I am not commenting on the film itself I am awarding the script 4 stars and definitely recommend script fans check this one out while it's still available.