A major letdown. The most fascinating thing about the first film were the ideas it presented. This film wasn't really interested in exploring those further, choosing instead to focus on an overlong and somewhat boring fight between humans in mech-suits and the machines. The final confrontation between Neo and Agent Smith is good (again, goes on for a little too long) and the way that Neo defeats him is pretty clever, but it can't save the film overall.Phaneron
Agent Smith: Why, Mr. Anderson? Why do you do it? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you're fighting for something? For more than just your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom? Or truth? Perhaps peace? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. The temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desparately to justify an existence that is without meaning or porpose. And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson. You must know it by now. You can't win. It's pointless to keep fighting. Why, Mr. Anderson? Why?! Why do you persist?!
Neo: Because I choose to.
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