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The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Reloaded, released in May 2003, was not what many people had been expecting from the first sequel to 1999's The Matrix. Dense with ideas and unexpected twists, Reloaded was bigger, stronger, faster, and far sexier than the first movie had been. With a pervasive marketing campaign, the public's recognition and anticipation was unprecedented leading up to the premiere. Everywhere you looked you saw teasers, trailers, very stylish posters, a video game, and anime short films. Pre-polling of theatre audiences showed an awareness level far beyond the typical action flick. These polls proved prophetic, as Reloaded broke several box office records in becoming the fastest film to reach $150 million in ticket sales (only 6 days), and also in having the biggest opening week ever. Considering the film's Restricted rating in the US, breaking these records was a huge accomplishment, and showed the public's appetite for the next installment in the trilogy.
At the same time, the complexity of the storyline, and the unexpected plot twists left many viewers a little (or a lot!) confused. We'll admit that it's taken several viewings for us to figure some things out, and that there are still lots of pieces we haven't put into place. Some answers, we're sure, will not be revealed until Revolutions, and some will never be revealed.
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Did You Know?
The end scene in the first Matrix film when 'Wake Up' by Rage Against the Machine is playing and Neo flies into the air is the same intersection that is used in the third film for the scene when Agent Smith and Neo slam into the ground causing a crater. If you look closely, you can see the phone booth Neo used to make his call go flying as Smith and Neo crash into the ground.
- Submitted by Matthew Kellar