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The Matrix Reloaded

The Matrix Reloaded, released in May 2003, was not what many people had been expecting from the first sequel to 1999's The Matrix. Dense with ideas and unexpected twists, Reloaded was bigger, stronger, faster, and far sexier than the first movie had been. With a pervasive marketing campaign, the public's recognition and anticipation was unprecedented leading up to the premiere. Everywhere you looked you saw teasers, trailers, very stylish posters, a video game, and anime short films. Pre-polling of theatre audiences showed an awareness level far beyond the typical action flick. These polls proved prophetic, as Reloaded broke several box office records in becoming the fastest film to reach $150 million in ticket sales (only 6 days), and also in having the biggest opening week ever. Considering the film's Restricted rating in the US, breaking these records was a huge accomplishment, and showed the public's appetite for the next installment in the trilogy.

At the same time, the complexity of the storyline, and the unexpected plot twists left many viewers a little (or a lot!) confused. We'll admit that it's taken several viewings for us to figure some things out, and that there are still lots of pieces we haven't put into place. Some answers, we're sure, will not be revealed until Revolutions, and some will never be revealed.

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Did You Know?

'The Surrender of Breda', a famous classical painting by Spanish painter, Diego Velázquez, appears at a critical juncture of 'Reloaded'. The painting shows the general of the surrendering city giving the keys to the city to the conquering Spanish general during the Spanish-Dutch war in the 17th century. And when does it appear? The painting appears only briefly while the Keymaker is running away from the Twins along a very long corridor with doors, followed by Morpheus and Trinity...in the building where the keymaker is kept and before he gives his own key to Neo to enter the Source, of course.
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