A 'Matrix' 'Reload' before 'Revolutions'

Posted: November 03, 2003

To help you get ready for the "Revolution," which opens Wednesday, here's a recap of the first two "Matrix" films.

In "The Matrix," a computer hacker named Neo (Keanu Reeves) discovers that life is an illusion created by machines that have taken over Earth and enslaved all of humanity, keeping them in pods where they produce electricity for the machines and live their lives inside their heads as part of the Matrix. This is not good. A dude in a black leather jacket named Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) turns Neo on to the truth, telling him he is the "chosen one" to free humanity. Neo is then freed from his pod, his body rehabilitated, and he joins Morpheus, Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and other freedom fighters in a struggle to reclaim the Earth. At the end of the film, Neo starts to exhibit superpowers within the Matrix, indicating that he may indeed be the "chosen one."

The battle continues in "The Matrix Reloaded," with Neo learning more about his superhuman powers. Those powers come in handy because the Machines are boring in on Zion, the last human outpost, with plans to crush the resistance. Meanwhile, Neo's nemesis, Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), has figured out how to replicate himself infinitely, and Neo keeps having dreams about Trinity's death. Throughout the wild special effects, audience members must cut through dozens of philosophical musings and strange metaphors in their own quest for the truth. At the end of the film, Neo shows he has powers beyond the Matrix into the physical world. *

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