16. The Matrix Reloaded
Watched July 4th, 2016
How do you follow up a movie that completely changed its genre? It's probably an impossibly high bar for anyone to hurdle, but for the relatively young filmmaking duo of the Wachowskis, who fresh off their unexpected success, were largely given carte blanche, it was evidently too high.
This movie is however more reviled than it deserves. There are many unbelievable sequences and concepts that still hold up years later, in the light of the better spiritual successors and the even worse threequel. But there's more bad than good, less structure or polish than its predecessor and overall little to redeem this reload.