One of the nice things about this music industry thing is the perks. Free gigs, free music, and film premieres. This isn't really news to anyone, but I have to start my paragraph somehow, right? Speaking of premieres, last night was one of the biggest and most highly-anticipated of the year, the screening of The Matrix Reloaded. And the massive crowd in attendance was not disappointed. The film was like Matrix meets T2 or Rush Hour, meaning that it was more of an action film than its predecessor. But, never, fear, the stark aspects and darkness are present, as well.
Without giving much of anything away, the fight scenes were dope (as to be expected, but, perhaps a bit too long in some circumstances) and the special effects were even better. Neo's new skills were mesmerizing, but the bad guys had more than a few new tricks up their sleeves. Surprises were in abundance and many questions were answered, but quite a few more posed in anticipation of the trilogy finale, The Matrix Revolutions, due out at Christmas. The new faces, including Jada Pinkett Smith, boxer Roy Jones, Jr., and hottie Monica Belluci were welcome, as were the shots filmed here in Oakland and Alameda (represent!) and there was a much more human feel to this installment. Just be aware that this is meant to be the first half of a two-part conclusion, so don't get all bent when the movie ends without closure. That comes in December. Deal with it. If you need closure, play the video game, out today for Xbox and PS2.