Director: Andy and Lana Wachowski
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Monica Bellucci, Harold Perrineau, Jada Pinkett Smith
The Wachowski brothers certainly had their hands full with The Matrix Reloaded, the first of two sequels released in 2003, four years after The Matrix pretty much revolutionized cinema and reenergized the science fiction genre. Dropping two movies back to back was a daring move, no doubt, but the ambitious plan ultimately backfired.
Though The Matrix Revolutions is by far the worst of the trilogy, The Matrix Reloaded set the stinky precedent with its multitude of problems. Keanu Reeves, whose dialogue was wisely kept to shorter passages in the first movie, delivers a series of overlong monologues filled with pretentious jargon; the grandiose action sequences, while admittedly impressive, are too lengthy, with the Wachowski deflating their own stylistic highs before each one is even over; and whole mythology, so delicately introduced in The Matrix becomes a convoluted mess.
The Wachowskis thought they had the next Star Wars; someone in Hollywood should've reminded them that George Lucas turned himself into a fanboy pariah through overindulgence.