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"The Matrix Reloaded"

SHE IS leather clad and thinks nothing about diving from a high rise window and falls several stories below — and he is the gravity defying Chosen One who soars, punches, kicks an exile agent, who turns himself into a computer virus and multiplies at will. And then there is He, who must continue to lead the revolt against the machine maniacs. Its been four years since The Matrix made its appearance and gave audiences something to think about.

In this sequel, freedom fighters Neo (Keanu Reeves), Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) have to continue their battle against the machines, which get meaner and more virulent with the passing of time. They come to the last human city of Zion. Theygather to hear Morpheus who tells them about the battle that will happen, thanks to the mean machines. And also, The One who will fulfil the prophecy and end the war. The citizens are emboldened and their morale is boosted (which gives the directors excuses for the costumes, grim looks and groaning background score.)

They must be quelled and Zion must be saved. In the midst of all this is the love shared by Trinity and Neo. And the trio is soon off to cyberspace to find solutions. And before they start Neo has to visit the Oracle who tells him that he has already made choices. All he has to do is to discover why. She has more riddles about free will, more information about The Matrix, and a few more clues to Neo's final destiny. From start to finish, Warner Bros' "The Matrix Reloaded" is a feast for the eye.

The special effects include a 15-minute car chase sequence , the fight between multiple agent Smiths (Hugo Weaving) and Neo, and the startling costumes plus some interesting new characters like the morphing dread locked ghostly Twins, Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith).

Of course there are many loose ends to this tale. The third and final part, The Matrix: Revolutions that should be on view by the year-end can provide answers to the questions.

CHITRA MAHESH

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