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Rated R · 138 minutes · 2003

Action, SciFi/Fantasy
The first of two sequels to The Matrix released in 2003, courtesy of the original writer-directors, the Wachowskis, who have amplified the camp elements of the original—including the ultrasolemn performances of Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss—while retreading the same metaphysical conceits. Lines like “We're all here to do what we're here to do” reverberate more than long enough for us to ponder their full profundity, and the martial arts choreography is neither graceful nor exciting—it's worthy of a video game. Only after cars, trucks, and a motorcycle join the action—easily outclassing all the actors—does the movie take on a modicum of vitality. But if you're 14 or younger in age or sensibility, you may giggle at some of the bons mots.

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