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Matrix Reloaded in our magazines

THE MOVIE: Matrix Reloaded

THE STARS:
Keanu Reeves • Laurence Fishburne • Carrie-Anne Moss • Jada Pinkett Smith
DIRECTORS: Andy and Larry Wachowski

John Gaeta THE CONCEPT:
Following the remarkably innovative special effects unveiled in The Matrix, audiences will be expecting more revolutionary techniques in its sequel – and they’ll find them. In one scene in Matrix Reloaded Neo (Keanu Reeves) fights Agent Smith and his 99 clones, a sequence that took three years to complete.

U.S. RELEASE: May 15 2003, Nationwide • Rated: R

THE COMMENTS:

From PRODUCER: Joel Silver and SPECIAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR: John Gaeta

JOEL SILVER:
“What the Wachowski brothers have done is made a movie that can be all things to all people. It’s a science fiction movie, it’s a big action movie, it’s a love story and it’s also a very intelligent, complex, philosophical story about where we are and what we’re doing.”

JOHN GAETA:
“There are visual effects in the film that are completely computer generated, every detail from the foreground action with the lead characters’ close up shots, to every other character, every explosion, the entire environment. In the fight against the hundred Smiths, the whole final third of the fight is completely computer generated, every aspect of it. We began our research and creative development on that (sequence) in January 2000, and we delivered the final shots from that scene five weeks ago.”

JOEL SILVER on it being the most complicated movie of his career:
“You’re dealing with a situation where the Wachowski brothers had a passion for telling this story in so many mediums that it gave us the opportunity to really expand the notion of a story in a movie; you have the video game with an hour’s worth of footage with a lot more story; you have nine Animes (to be released on DVD) which in some cases directly impact the story; and, at the same time, you have two movies that are going to come out six months apart, and new technology that has never existed before – we’re not the military, so we had to figure out the best way to do it ourselves.”

JOHN GAETA:
“The visual experience is hyper-real when you’re inside the matrix, so clarity and ultra-sharpness has been the nuance that we actually have spent a lot of time working on. It makes things ten times harder when it’s there on the big screen, when it moves in ultra slow motion, you are exposed completely, every little detail is visible, but it is the visual goal for the brothers to make everything as crisp, clean, sharp and as distinct as possible.”

JOEL SILVER on why the movie is rated R:
“That’s a question for the MPAA. It’s for science fiction violence. I don’t really know what that means exactly. These are action pictures that are a little tougher than what is conventionally a PG-13 movie.”

JOHN GAETA:
“What we really wanted to do was to create a mechanism, a method that allowed us a limitless ability to show superhuman events. The approach we crafted was using virtual humans and virtual environments effectively in all digital scenes.”

JOEL SILVER on whether there will be a happy ending to the trilogy:
“It’s a story and the third act, which is Revolutions, is monumental. It ends the way it ends.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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