The Matrix Reboots

It's an action film that wants to be a philosophical treatise. But Reloaded can't have it both ways

Deponent herewith stipulates that he will not challenge the Wachowski brothers' claim to have read Hesse, Homer, the Gnostic Bible and the comic books of Geof Darrow. Philosophes as diverse as Cornel West and Keanu Reeves have testified to the range of the Wachowskis' erudition and their devotion to high-minded subtextual references in their action movies. Witness is also prepared to admit that Neo, the character Reeves plays in The Matrix Reloaded, may very well be a Christ figure, devoting himself to the redemption of a humanity so far fallen that what remains of it lives scuzzily in caves near the...

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