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  • Too harsh (Score:3, Insightful)

    I agree that the pacing needed work. Too much reliance on fight scenes, which is what I was afraid of. I don't worry about picking plot details apart - if you really wanted to, you could do that to the first movie, too.

    On a completely different tangent, one theory one of my co-workers had is that the French guy (forgot his name) is actually a former "the one", now digitized. It would make some of what his jealous girlfriend says later on a bit more meaningful.

    • The first movie had the right pacing and enough interesting eye candy that I never had time to worry about things like the plot or character development. And that's a fine way to make a movie.

      I have a concept about movies that know what they are. The Matrix knew what it was, a special effects festival. And it was good. Not a work of art, but a good movie. It wasn't cluttered up with unnecessarily large amounts of comic relief, drawn out romances, stirring speeches or exposition. A movie which does one thing well can cover up many, many flaws. From Night Of The Living Dead to Phone Booth.

      Other movies don't really know what they are and they try to be everything. These are the deliberate attempts at blockbusters. Pearl Harbor, the two Star Wars prequels, any Roland Emmerich movie, and this latest Matrix. These are the Action/War/Drama/Romance/with-something-for-the-kids mish-mashes that try to be everything to everyone in order to reach the widest possible audience. And its like watching mud. Everything feels bolted on, from painfully distracting slapstick (Jar-Jar) to unnecessarily sappy drama (the President's wife being saved from her helicopter only to die again later [ID4]). You wind up with a film full of distractions when, in the end, the audience just wants to see the US Navy get plastered, starships fighting in deep space, the White House get blown up, and Neo say "I know Kung Fu".

      Its better to make a good one-dimensional movie than to go for depth and fail.