Matrix Re-Linked, The
By cutting out bits and pieces of repetitive dialog. For example during the “Burly Brawl” Smith walks in while black crows fly away in fear, there is a cut that goes to the Neb with Link Saying “whoever it is he is not reading like an agent” this line was delivered before and the line Morph says “Smith?”. Of course its smith the audience knows it’s smith and that he is not reading like a standard issue agent. Lines and scenes like this distract from the moment so I removed them.
By moving the revelation that Smith is copying himself to much later in the film. This makes the Bane incidents more powerful and mysterious. By removing the mentioning of more versions of the matrix and predecessors to Neo. These hints and other things make the architect scene less significant. It takes the punch out of finding out that the “One” is just a version of control and that they now have to fight for their lives. The architect is the only one who tells neo this and he finds out when he gets there. Numerous other small cuts here and there and by removing as many cut aways as possible to the crew watching matrix code screens.
Cut opening dream sequence of Trin fighting agents and moved to later on and replaced it with a shortened version of flight of the osiris from the animatrix.
Shortened all but essential dialog between Link and anyone else.
Cut Neo flying into clouds in front of the moon
Cut out Morpheus Lock Niobe love triangle
Cut/shortened Zion scenes
Shortened Morpheus and Commander Lock encounter
Cut out rave in the cave
Shortened Kiss in bathroom with persephone. Neo doesn’t screw up the first kiss.
Rearranged the scenes during the freeway fight when the semi’s collide and Neo rescues Morph and Keymaker to make it seem more like a last second save.
Rearranged architect scenes a little bit for better flow
Rearranged Neo catching Trinity sequence
A pretty good edit of RELOADED. It’s a fairly straightforward cut with few major changes, but a lot of nice minor edits that add up to an enjoyable experience. The only complaint I have is the inclusion of the Anamatrix footage at the beginning, but that’s just a personal preference – it works fine if you don’t mind the transition from animated to live action. Video and audio work is top notch.
I’m looking forward to checking out RIVALS.
Review by TV's Frink — May 10, 2010 @ 12:02 AM