Saw The Matrix Reloaded tonite. I herby sentence the Wachowski brothers to remedial screenwriting class. You will learn PACING and how to end a scene without the use of Deus Ex Machina. I swear, if Neo swoops down out of the sky to resolve some impossible situation even once in Matrix Revolutions I'm revoking their SAG card.
As for the pacing of the film, I can sum it up like this: Speech, fight, speech, fight, speech, fight, Neo fucking something, speech, fight... To make matters worse, they obviously chopped the hell out of the movie editing for time. Anything that wasn't a speech or fight felt rushed and cropped. It isn't often that I have trouble figuring out what's going on in a movie, I had some trouble following along with this one.
There's all these chads hanging off the script. Who's that kid following Neo around? Why is he left in? Just to give him the spoon? What about the LOOK HOW EVIL I AM guy? Who's he? What's going on in his head since Smith assimilated him (I failed to make the connection until after the movie was over)? What about the Neo cult? Maybe we'd have liked to see the big Zion counter-attack? Who's the pooftah holding the keymaster prisoner? What's his story? Why are programs getting jealous of other programs? What's the keymaster's story? etc.
Finally, and here's the real killer, the special effects weren't that special. Ok, the car chase was kinda neat, but everything else... well, we've seen it all before. We saw it in The Matrix and it was neat. But since we've seen it in video games, other movies, spoofs, commercials, etc... ya gotta do a little better than just more of the same. And really that's why I enjoyed the first movie. Rediculously over the top effects made up for all the other flaws. This one didn't do it, ergo the flaws leak out.
I had low expectations, that's why I enjoyed The Matrix so much, but this is just a flawed film. If Keanau Reeves is the messiah, let the robots kill me quickly.