THE MATRIX RELOADED

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Release Date: May 15, 2003

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie
Anne-Moss, Laurence Fishburne,
Hugo Weaving, Anthony Zerbe,
Gloria Foster, Jada Pinkett
Smith, Monica Bellucci, Harold
Perrineau, and Lambert Wilson

Genre: Science Fiction
Thriller/Martial Arts Thriller

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Dr. Tom Snyder with Michael
Nobles and Lisa A. Rice THE
MATRIX RELOADED is a
disappointing, derivative
sequel, not only on an
aesthetic level, but also on a
moral, philosophical, and
spiritual level as well.
Despite high production values
and some admittedly "wow"
sequences, someone should have
taken a closer look at the
script and the technological
capabilities of
computer-generated images
(CGI), which clearly do not
yet match the extravagant
vision of the filmmakers. In
THE MATRIX RELOADED, Neo and
the rebel leaders estimate
that they have 72 hours until
250,000 probes discover Zion
and destroy it and its
inhabitants. As the clock
ticks down, Neo must decide
how he can save Trinity from a
dark fate in his dreams. The
sequel opens with a dream
sequence, where Neo, the hero
played by Keanu Reeves, is
haunted by the apparent death
of his lover, Trinity, played
by Carrie Anne-Moss. After she
calms his fears, reiterating
their love for one another,
Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus,
the commander of
Nebuchednezzer, return to
Zion, the last underground
city of humanity. Zion is
battling an evil group of
computerized machines which
has enslaved the rest of
humanity, who are being used
to generate the power needed
by the machines to survive.
All is not safe for Zion,
however. The machines have
sent 250,000 seeker
destroyers, one for every man,
woman and child in
Zion. Morpheus urges the
Council of Zion to send Neo,
Trinity and he back into "the
Matrix," a virtual reality
created for humans by the evil
machines, to find the key to
the mainframe computer
generating the Matrix.
Morpheus is one of the few in
Zion who believe that Neo is
the promised Messiah, the
promised One who can help them
defeat the evil machines, and
end the 100-year war that has
been raging. Neo re-visits the
Oracle, the black female
prophet from the first movie,
who turns out to be a rogue
computer program scheduled for
deletion by the machines. She
tells Neo where to find "the
Keymaker" who can unlock the
door leading to the mainframe
computer. Neo and his friends
have a couple major obstacles,
however. The Keymaker is
"owned" by a malevolent
Frenchman, who controls two
very mean rogue programs
called the Twins. The Twins
can dematerialize in the
Matrix at will, making them
very hard to destroy. Neo also
discovers that Agent Smith,
the machines' henchman in the
first movie, has become a
rogue program himself. Making
matters much worse is the fact
that Smith has found a way to
duplicate himself many times
over, which leads to a very
long fight scene between Neo
and 100 Agent Smiths. THE
MATRIX has been one of the
most influential movies of the
last five years. It has become
a major pop culture icon in
America and around the world.
THE MATRIX RELOADED will
undoubtedly continue that
influence in some respects,
but it is much too derivative
a movie. Furthermore, its
special effects, though they
are many, are not as
impressive as the media hype
would have people
believe. First, THE MATRIX
RELOADED is a bit of a rehash
of the first movie, just
bigger. The movie is not only
derivative of Hong Kong action
movies, it also has a chase
sequence on a freeway that
seems ripped off from the
chase sequences in 1991's
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY,
even down to similar sounding
music! Finally, near the end
of the movie, Neo meets an
older bearded man in a white
suit who calls himself "the
Architect" of the Matrix. The
man looks like a replica of
"the White Guardian of Time"
in an old British sci-fi
series called DOCTOR WHO,
which used to run on many PBS
stations in the United States.
The White Guardian first
appeared in a six-part series
of DOCTOR WHO episodes called
"The Key of Time," starring
Tom Baker, who played Rasputin
in NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRIA
about the last Russian Tsar
and his wife. In fact, in
another episode of DOCTOR WHO
starring Tom Baker, Doctor Who
is plugged into a virtual
reality "matrix" where he does
battle with one of Doctor's
Who's many villains. The
question arises, therefore, is
all this just homage, mere
coincidence, or outright
theft? Of course, THE MATRIX
RELOADED pulls out all the
martial arts, special effects
stops, and the movie certainly
contains several awe inspiring
moments that don't compare to
anything else. Even so,
however, the martial arts
fighting becomes repetitive
after a while. Also, some of
the special effects during the
fight scenes and in the big
freeway chase scene look like
a cartoon computer game rather
than a live-action movie. This
artificial, fake quality may
destroy many discerning
viewers' enjoyment of these
sequences. The CGI effects of
the Gollum character in THE
LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO
TOWERS have nothing to fear
from THE MATRIX movies. The
storyline plays on the concept
of choice and the
ramifications of choice, i.e.
- since we, as humans, are
imperfect, we make imperfect
decisions. This is confirmed
when we meet the Architect of
the Matrix. He allows Neo to
choose between two doors, and
the maker is sad that he makes
an imperfect choice: love over
ending the war between the
Matrix and Zion. The Architect
also says that this is the
sixth time that the messiah
has been in front of him. So,
a subtle message of
reincarnation is slightly
evident along with the fact
that even if Neo chooses the
"love" door, he might be back
to try again. The Oracle is
also important to this
storyline. There is a line
where they say, "The prophecy
cannot be fulfilled unless we
meet with the Oracle first."
Later, the importance of the
Oracle is emphasized when it
is said, "The Oracle can do
anything." So, this message of
an allegorical "God" continues
in the second as it did in the
first. However, the most
telling worldview scene is
short, but to the point. Upon
visiting Zion, all these
people (at least a hundred, or
so) are waiting for Neo in a
long line. They initially
appear to be of eastern
descent, but upon looking
longer, they appear to be from
many different Middle East
countries. They are coming to
Neo as people would come to
Christ in Jesus' day. One
says, "I have a son... can you
watch over him?" Neo says
"sure." Another has a similar
"prayer-like" request, and Neo
also agrees. They are all
holding artifacts which are
given to Neo as gifts or used
as "points of connection" to
the ones for whom they are
praying. Knowing that Neo is
"the one" shows him briefly as
some sort of savior to these
people in Zion. The acting in
MATRIX RELOADED is
professional, but sometimes
hampered by uninspired
dialogue. Character actor
Anthony Zerbe, who some
readers may remember from many
television programs in the
1960s and 1970s, plays one of
the councilmembers in Zion and
provides a spark of humanity
in the movie, as does the late
Gloria Foster as the Oracle.
The villains, however, get
most of the funny lines, which
makes them seem almost more
real than the heroes do. Most
disappointing of all, however,
is the movie's failure to
create a convincing portrayal
of Zion, the last human city.
There is no depth or
character, much less variety,
to this one-dimensional city's
culture, which leaves one to
ask the question: Why is this
city worth saving? Also, in
the big sequence that occurs
in the city, Morpheus gives a
speech to all the Zion
multitudes gathered in a huge
cavern. One of the other
characters calls his speech "a
prayer," but there is no
prayer whatsoever in the
speech. It's just a hopeful
political speech about
Morpheus's belief that Zion
will be victorious over the
evil machines. "This is Zion,"
he shouts, "and we are not
afraid!" Whoop-tee-do. After
his pep talk, which does not
further the plot, there is a
lengthy sex scene between Neo
and Trinity, who are both
nude. As Neo and Trinity
become more passionate, the
movie intercuts images of
their nude bodies with images
of the crowd in the cavern
dancing wildly and somewhat
suggestively. It's almost as
if the dancing is a prelude to
an orgy that, thankfully, does
not occur on screen. There is
no reason whatsoever to
include this silly, offensive
sex scene. The scene does not
further the plot one iota. In
fact, it makes the inhabitants
of Zion look like mindless
animals, which again raises
the question, Why is this
city, and its inhabitants,
worth saving? The scene also
makes Neo and Trinity seem
less heroic and their
relationship more sleazy,
which is nearly a fatal blow
to these characters and their
heroic, redemptive actions in
the rest of the story. Another
sexual scene is a mix of a
"real" view and "green
character" matrix view. A few
times before this scene, the
audience "sees" the matrix the
way Neo did, with the green
letters flowing around shapes
of items or people in the
room. Well, they meet up with
this "new" bad guy, and he
tells a tale about cause and
effect. He says he "wrote" the
slice of pie a girl was about
to eat. The audience is
"shown" the pie as "matrix
code," and then they show her
take a bite of it in "real"
mode. As she finishes the
bite, the bad guy describes
what she is feeling. She gets
flush, gets excited and gives
into her feelings. At the
point of "giving in to here
feelings", the camera zooms in
to what would be a shot of her
genitals, but the audience is
looking at the girl from the
waist down through the "green
character" matrix mode. A
small explosion of yellow and
white characters comes from
between her legs as he
describes her "giving in." She
quickly excuses her self from
the table, slightly
embarrassed by what has just
occurred. Another strange
scene involves a nice looking
lady, named Persephone, with
large breasts, with some
cleavage exposed, making a
pass at Neo. She is married to
a new "bad guy," and she wants
to help Neo out. However, she
has one request, made in front
of Neo, Morpheus and Trinity
(and this is after the major
sex scene). The request is an
"indecent proposal"-like
request to have Neo kiss her
like he kisses Trinity.
Persephone says that she could
tell Neo and Trinity were in
love, and Persephone's husband
just didn't make her feel that
way any more. So, if he kissed
her correctly, she would help
them out. He agrees, and after
the kiss (in front of
Trinity), Persephone helps
them out. There is only one
brief drug scene where
Morpheus is in the ship and
gives Trinity a shot in one of
her "matrix connectors" of
something that was to "keep
her from giving up" while she
is in a battle "in the
Matrix." As to violence, this
sequel has a little more gore
than the first, including
three instances of bloodshed,
including a direct gunshot to
the forehead at point blank
range with the blood appearing
on the wall behind. Another
scene has a person falling
from the top of a banister
where a close up of a bloody
shirt and a saber in the chest
is shown. In a third instance,
a guy is cutting two lines in
his hand, and blood is coming
from his self-inflicted cuts.
There are many more fight
scenes in this one over the
first. The first fight scene
is with Trinity against about
eight guards. This is fairly
graphic as heads are flopping
over after being hit. There is
a minute and a half basic
Matrix Kung Fu fight scene
with Neo. The longer Kung Fu
scene is with Neo and the
multiple copies of Mr. Smith.
This is a longer scene (around
5.5 minutes) with Neo fighting
most of the time with a pole
from the ground. Another scene
is when Neo has to take on
three "more trained" folks
from within the Matrix. One of
these is a woman who is
"speared" to the wall for a
short time. This is the first
time Neo has fought with a
female, and it's somewhat
disturbing as audiences might
assume he would always fight
men. So, when he kills all
three foes, it seems
strange. Despite talk about
good versus evil, some
redemptive elements and a
mention by Morpheus of
"Providence," THE MATRIX
RELOADED contains cryptic
philosophical discussions
about choice, fate, control,
and purpose. No answers are
really reached, but the movie
seems to be leaning toward a
humanistic view of such
matters, although viewers will
have to wait to find out when
the third part of the trilogy,
THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, opens
later this year on Nov. 7. The
character of the Architect
that Neo encounters has some
God-like qualities, but he
seems to be malevolent, rather
than inherently good. Neo's
discussion with the Architect
also leaves one with the
impression that Zion itself
may be some kind of illusion.
If so, the third movie may
ultimately lead to the
monistic notion that all of
reality is an illusion, which
is an abhorrent Eastern
philosophy rejected by
Christianity. It's hard to
tell from this movie, however,
which direction the trilogy is
headed. Thus, viewers will
have to wait until the third
movie to see what kind of
religion and philosophy the
filmmakers want us to consider
or believe. Until then,
parents who want their
children and teenagers to have
healthy minds and spirits
probably should keep their
children from venturing into
this MATRIX, which, to
reiterate, contains gratuitous
sex, nudity, strong foul
language, and many violent
images. The worst of these
elements could easily have
been eliminated, without
sacrificing any of the
required thrills that
moviegoers demand of such
blockbuster summer movies. X2:
X-MEN UNITED remains the best,
most enjoyable, most
redemptive action flick of the
summer in 2003 so far. Please
address your comments
to: Barry M. Meyer,
Chairman/CEO Warner Bros.,
Inc. 4000 Warner
Blvd. Burbank, CA
91522-0001 Phone: (818)
954-6000 Website:
www.movies.warnerbros.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 138 minutes

Distributor: Warner Bros.

Director: Andy and Larry Wachowski

Executive Producer:

Producer: Joel Silver EXECUTIVE
PRODUCERS: Grant Hill, Bruce
Berman, and Andy and Larry
Wachowski

Writer: Andy and Larry Wachowski

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Content:

(B, C, Pa, H, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, A, D, M) Light moral worldview with very light redemptive elements, including risking one's life to help others and mention of Providence, which is spoiled by pagan, humanist elements, including nod to false religion with hint at reincarnation, the power of choice, the power of Kung Fu tactics, etc.; about 24 obscenities, including about three muffled "f" words, seven strong profanities, six light profanities, and man rattles off a bunch of obscenities in French, perhaps 10-20; strong, nearly constant, action violence includes explosions, many vehicles crash, several lengthy martial arts fight scenes, villains fire automatic weapons indiscriminately, handgun fights, people crash into walls and statues, woman shoots man to death through the head, and bullets hit people in chest area; depicted fornication scenes and intense suggestive dancing; brief upper female nudity, rear male and female nudity, and upper male nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, cryptic philosophical discussions about choice, fate, control, providence, and purpose.

GENRE: Science Fiction Thriller/Martial Arts Thriller

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Summary:

THE MATRIX RELOADED is a disappointing sequel, despite high production values, redemptive elements and some admittedly "wow" sequences. Neo and his friends try to destroy the mainframe computer enslaving mankind in a violent story that contains a gratuitous sex scene, nudity, foul language, and cryptic philosophical dialogue.

Review:

THE MATRIX RELOADED is a disappointing, derivative sequel, not only on an aesthetic level, but also on a moral, philosophical, and spiritual level as well. Despite high production values and some admittedly "wow" sequences, someone should have taken a closer look at the script and the technological capabilities of computer-generated images (CGI), which clearly do not yet match the extravagant vision of the filmmakers.

In THE MATRIX RELOADED, Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. As the clock ticks down, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.

The sequel opens with a dream sequence, where Neo, the hero played by Keanu Reeves, is haunted by the apparent death of his lover, Trinity, played by Carrie Anne-Moss. After she calms his fears, reiterating their love for one another, Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus, the commander of Nebuchednezzer, return to Zion, the last underground city of humanity.

Zion is battling an evil group of computerized machines which has enslaved the rest of humanity, who are being used to generate the power needed by the machines to survive. All is not safe for Zion, however. The machines have sent 250,000 seeker destroyers, one for every man, woman and child in Zion.

Morpheus urges the Council of Zion to send Neo, Trinity and he back into "the Matrix," a virtual reality created for humans by the evil machines, to find the key to the mainframe computer generating the Matrix. Morpheus is one of the few in Zion who believe that Neo is the promised Messiah, the promised One who can help them defeat the evil machines, and end the 100-year war that has been raging.

Neo re-visits the Oracle, the black female prophet from the first movie, who turns out to be a rogue computer program scheduled for deletion by the machines. She tells Neo where to find "the Keymaker" who can unlock the door leading to the mainframe computer.

Neo and his friends have a couple major obstacles, however. The Keymaker is "owned" by a malevolent Frenchman, who controls two very mean rogue programs called the Twins. The Twins can dematerialize in the Matrix at will, making them very hard to destroy. Neo also discovers that Agent Smith, the machines' henchman in the first movie, has become a rogue program himself. Making matters much worse is the fact that Smith has found a way to duplicate himself many times over, which leads to a very long fight scene between Neo and 100 Agent Smiths.

THE MATRIX has been one of the most influential movies of the last five years. It has become a major pop culture icon in America and around the world. THE MATRIX RELOADED will undoubtedly continue that influence in some respects, but it is much too derivative a movie. Furthermore, its special effects, though they are many, are not as impressive as the media hype would have people believe.

First, THE MATRIX RELOADED is a bit of a rehash of the first movie, just bigger. The movie is not only derivative of Hong Kong action movies, it also has a chase sequence on a freeway that seems ripped off from the chase sequences in 1991's TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, even down to similar sounding music! Finally, near the end of the movie, Neo meets an older bearded man in a white suit who calls himself "the Architect" of the Matrix. The man looks like a replica of "the White Guardian of Time" in an old British sci-fi series called DOCTOR WHO, which used to run on many PBS stations in the United States. The White Guardian first appeared in a six-part series of DOCTOR WHO episodes called "The Key of Time," starring Tom Baker, who played Rasputin in NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRIA about the last Russian Tsar and his wife. In fact, in another episode of DOCTOR WHO starring Tom Baker, Doctor Who is plugged into a virtual reality "matrix" where he does battle with one of Doctor's Who's many villains. The question arises, therefore, is all this just homage, mere coincidence, or outright theft?

Of course, THE MATRIX RELOADED pulls out all the martial arts, special effects stops, and the movie certainly contains several awe inspiring moments that don't compare to anything else. Even so, however, the martial arts fighting becomes repetitive after a while. Also, some of the special effects during the fight scenes and in the big freeway chase scene look like a cartoon computer game rather than a live-action movie. This artificial, fake quality may destroy many discerning viewers' enjoyment of these sequences. The CGI effects of the Gollum character in THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS have nothing to fear from THE MATRIX movies.

The storyline plays on the concept of choice and the ramifications of choice, i.e. - since we, as humans, are imperfect, we make imperfect decisions. This is confirmed when we meet the Architect of the Matrix. He allows Neo to choose between two doors, and the maker is sad that he makes an imperfect choice: love over ending the war between the Matrix and Zion. The Architect also says that this is the sixth time that the messiah has been in front of him. So, a subtle message of reincarnation is slightly evident along with the fact that even if Neo chooses the "love" door, he might be back to try again.

The Oracle is also important to this storyline. There is a line where they say, "The prophecy cannot be fulfilled unless we meet with the Oracle first." Later, the importance of the Oracle is emphasized when it is said, "The Oracle can do anything." So, this message of an allegorical "God" continues in the second as it did in the first.

However, the most telling worldview scene is short, but to the point. Upon visiting Zion, all these people (at least a hundred, or so) are waiting for Neo in a long line. They initially appear to be of eastern descent, but upon looking longer, they appear to be from many different Middle East countries. They are coming to Neo as people would come to Christ in Jesus' day. One says, "I have a son... can you watch over him?" Neo says "sure." Another has a similar "prayer-like" request, and Neo also agrees. They are all holding artifacts which are given to Neo as gifts or used as "points of connection" to the ones for whom they are praying. Knowing that Neo is "the one" shows him briefly as some sort of savior to these people in Zion.

The acting in MATRIX RELOADED is professional, but sometimes hampered by uninspired dialogue. Character actor Anthony Zerbe, who some readers may remember from many television programs in the 1960s and 1970s, plays one of the councilmembers in Zion and provides a spark of humanity in the movie, as does the late Gloria Foster as the Oracle. The villains, however, get most of the funny lines, which makes them seem almost more real than the heroes do.

Most disappointing of all, however, is the movie's failure to create a convincing portrayal of Zion, the last human city. There is no depth or character, much less variety, to this one-dimensional city's culture, which leaves one to ask the question: Why is this city worth saving? Also, in the big sequence that occurs in the city, Morpheus gives a speech to all the Zion multitudes gathered in a huge cavern. One of the other characters calls his speech "a prayer," but there is no prayer whatsoever in the speech. It's just a hopeful political speech about Morpheus's belief that Zion will be victorious over the evil machines. "This is Zion," he shouts, "and we are not afraid!" Whoop-tee-do.

After his pep talk, which does not further the plot, there is a lengthy sex scene between Neo and Trinity, who are both nude. As Neo and Trinity become more passionate, the movie intercuts images of their nude bodies with images of the crowd in the cavern dancing wildly and somewhat suggestively. It's almost as if the dancing is a prelude to an orgy that, thankfully, does not occur on screen.

There is no reason whatsoever to include this silly, offensive sex scene. The scene does not further the plot one iota. In fact, it makes the inhabitants of Zion look like mindless animals, which again raises the question, Why is this city, and its inhabitants, worth saving? The scene also makes Neo and Trinity seem less heroic and their relationship more sleazy, which is nearly a fatal blow to these characters and their heroic, redemptive actions in the rest of the story.

Another sexual scene is a mix of a "real" view and "green character" matrix view. A few times before this scene, the audience "sees" the matrix the way Neo did, with the green letters flowing around shapes of items or people in the room. Well, they meet up with this "new" bad guy, and he tells a tale about cause and effect. He says he "wrote" the slice of pie a girl was about to eat. The audience is "shown" the pie as "matrix code," and then they show her take a bite of it in "real" mode. As she finishes the bite, the bad guy describes what she is feeling. She gets flush, gets excited and gives into her feelings. At the point of "giving in to here feelings", the camera zooms in to what would be a shot of her genitals, but the audience is looking at the girl from the waist down through the "green character" matrix mode. A small explosion of yellow and white characters comes from between her legs as he describes her "giving in." She quickly excuses her self from the table, slightly embarrassed by what has just occurred.

Another strange scene involves a nice looking lady, named Persephone, with large breasts, with some cleavage exposed, making a pass at Neo. She is married to a new "bad guy," and she wants to help Neo out. However, she has one request, made in front of Neo, Morpheus and Trinity (and this is after the major sex scene). The request is an "indecent proposal"-like request to have Neo kiss her like he kisses Trinity. Persephone says that she could tell Neo and Trinity were in love, and Persephone's husband just didn't make her feel that way any more. So, if he kissed her correctly, she would help them out. He agrees, and after the kiss (in front of Trinity), Persephone helps them out.

There is only one brief drug scene where Morpheus is in the ship and gives Trinity a shot in one of her "matrix connectors" of something that was to "keep her from giving up" while she is in a battle "in the Matrix."

As to violence, this sequel has a little more gore than the first, including three instances of bloodshed, including a direct gunshot to the forehead at point blank range with the blood appearing on the wall behind. Another scene has a person falling from the top of a banister where a close up of a bloody shirt and a saber in the chest is shown. In a third instance, a guy is cutting two lines in his hand, and blood is coming from his self-inflicted cuts.

There are many more fight scenes in this one over the first. The first fight scene is with Trinity against about eight guards. This is fairly graphic as heads are flopping over after being hit. There is a minute and a half basic Matrix Kung Fu fight scene with Neo. The longer Kung Fu scene is with Neo and the multiple copies of Mr. Smith. This is a longer scene (around 5.5 minutes) with Neo fighting most of the time with a pole from the ground.

Another scene is when Neo has to take on three "more trained" folks from within the Matrix. One of these is a woman who is "speared" to the wall for a short time. This is the first time Neo has fought with a female, and it's somewhat disturbing as audiences might assume he would always fight men. So, when he kills all three foes, it seems strange.

Despite talk about good versus evil, some redemptive elements and a mention by Morpheus of "Providence," THE MATRIX RELOADED contains cryptic philosophical discussions about choice, fate, control, and purpose. No answers are really reached, but the movie seems to be leaning toward a humanistic view of such matters, although viewers will have to wait to find out when the third part of the trilogy, THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, opens later this year on Nov. 7.

The character of the Architect that Neo encounters has some God-like qualities, but he seems to be malevolent, rather than inherently good. Neo's discussion with the Architect also leaves one with the impression that Zion itself may be some kind of illusion. If so, the third movie may ultimately lead to the monistic notion that all of reality is an illusion, which is an abhorrent Eastern philosophy rejected by Christianity. It's hard to tell from this movie, however, which direction the trilogy is headed.

Thus, viewers will have to wait until the third movie to see what kind of religion and philosophy the filmmakers want us to consider or believe. Until then, parents who want their children and teenagers to have healthy minds and spirits probably should keep their children from venturing into this MATRIX, which, to reiterate, contains gratuitous sex, nudity, strong foul language, and many violent images. The worst of these elements could easily have been eliminated, without sacrificing any of the required thrills that moviegoers demand of such blockbuster summer movies. X2: X-MEN UNITED remains the best, most enjoyable, most redemptive action flick of the summer in 2003 so far.

Please address your comments to:

Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO

Warner Bros., Inc.

4000 Warner Blvd.

Burbank, CA 91522-0001

Phone: (818) 954-6000

Website: www.movies.warnerbros.com

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