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The Matrix Reloaded Spoiler Entry
To avoid spoilers in the comments on last night's entry, dump them in here. Unfortunately there is no good way to do a spoiler warning in LJ comments - you can't LJ cut a comment, and once you see the warning the other text is right there. (I'm not a fan of the "gobs of whitespace" method.)

So, don't read the comments if you don't want spoilers.

Do you think the Oracle was in on the scam?
I'm not sure, but I suspect she must have known about the others. The Architect seemed to indicate that he and she had both been around through several iterations of The Matrix, and I don't think she is 'reset' each time. Though I suppose it is possible, it doesn't seem likely. I'm not sure what her motives were - perhaps she really wants to see The One overthrow things and she's been waiting for one who wouldn't chose the 'logical' option of saving Zion by hitting the big reset button.

I am: tired tired
Current Media: office buzz

krellis From: krellis Date: May 15th, 2003 08:50 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Oracle & Smiths

The Oracle was the one who introduced the factor of choice - I thought that was made pretty clear. She is, in a way, co-creator of the Matrix as it stands, with the Architect. At least, that's how I understood it. Admittedly I was in pain for most of the movie with bad knees, and couldn't really enjoy the end because it was getting excruciating, but I still think I got that part.

I don't know how you could have liked Smith in this film - his character barely DID anything. I thought the uber-Smiths fight was just awful. The CGI looked like crap; in general I can't stand CGI, because we just don't have the capability to make it look right yet. And it was just too damned long. I don't really care about Neo fighting Smiths in exactly the same way for 10 minutes. Have him fight a couple up close, then have a bunch of them rush in, and then he flies away. The rest of it was just absolutely gratuitous use of CGI.

Overall I liked it - I plan to go see it again today somewhere where my knees won't kill me (or at least with an aisle seat) so I can get a better feeling for how much I really liked or disliked it and how much was the pain talking :)
matrix_dragon From: matrix_dragon Date: May 15th, 2003 07:09 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Oracle & Smiths

It seems that every time you see Smith, it's a setup for Revolutions, if what I got from the Trailer is any indication. Although I'm still trying to figure out how he got to the backdoors.
krellis From: krellis Date: May 16th, 2003 12:17 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: Oracle & Smiths

On second viewing, my opinion of Smith's role changed somewhat; the speech preceeding the uber-CGI scene that I disliked so much was actually pretty good. In general, I liked the whole movie a lot more when not crammed into an uncomfortable seat in a packed theater with lots of weirdos. An opening-day late matinee is the way to go, rather than a night-before sneak preview. And it's much cheaper, too :)