The Matrix Reloaded
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Zion prepares for an attack by the machines, who are boring down from the surface in an attempt to annihilate the only free humans still remaining on the planet. Although finally convinced that he is the One, Neo (Keanu Reeves) isn't sure what he is supposed to do. Consequently, he, Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) again seek council from the Oracle (Gloria Foster), and the news is not good. Neo is told that he must find the Keymaker and enter the Source, the machine mainframe, and that, at some point, he's going to have to choose whether Trinity lives or dies.

The Matrix Reloaded is the second film in the Matrix trilogy, preceded by The Matrix (1999) and followed by The Matrix Revolutions (2003). Like The Matrix before it, the screenplay for Reloaded was written and directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski. So far, there have been no official novelizations.

Six months. In the interim, the surviving crew of the Nebuchadnezzar have been protecting the people of Zion and freeing other humans enslaved in the Matrix.

Yes. Although it seemed that Neo destroyed Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) at the end of The Matrix, Smith has the ability to reboot himself. In Reloaded, he returns with the additional ability of being able to replicate himself indeterminately.

Tank (Marcus Chong) was wounded by Cypher (Joe Pantoliano) in the first film. In Reloaded, he has been replaced as Operator by Link (Harold Perrineau). When Link is talking to Zee (Nona Gaye), she says that she lost two brothers to the Nebuchadnezzar (Tank and Dozer). It can be assumed that Tank either died of his wounds or was killed on a mission in between the films. In real life, Chong demanded a higher salary for the second movie and was let go by the producers.

The Oracle explains this quite clearly, stating that Neo was not ready to hear the truth. The Oracle is described as an 'intuitive' program, implying that she doesn't see the future, but is more of a guide along the way. She never actually tells Neo what is going to happen and more often defers to "You'll just have to make up your own damn mind." She also clearly states "I'm interested in one thing, Neo. The future. And I know the only way to get there is together." This implies that she is on both sides (machine and human) but not necessarily playing them against each other; instead, attempting to find a harmony for both. War is by its very nature destructive to both sides ("There are levels of survival which we are willing to accept"), whereas peace is usually more constructive.

The Twins, (Adrian Rayment) and (Neil Rayment), are leftover programs from a previous version of the Matrix. When the Architect (Helmut Bakaitis) created the first Matrix, it was an utopian society. The human psyche rejected this environment, and it crashed. The second version of the Matrix was the complete opposite of the first. It was a dystopian society with supernatural mythological figures (including ghosts, werewolves, and vampires.) The human psyche also rejected this environment, resulting in a crash. When the third and stable version of the Matrix was created, programs from previous versions were considered obsolete, and many were purged. Some went to work for the Merovingian (Lambert Wilson), who protected them from deletion. The Twins have been variously described as ghosts, specters, or wraiths.

The Architect reveals that the original version of the Matrix was designed to be a paradise free from suffering. However this version was a "monumental failure" because humans, for whom evil is in their nature and suffering is an inherent part of their life, saw through the illusion. Instead, the Architect created a version of the Matrix which resembled a somewhat dystopian version of late 20th century Earth ("the peak of your civilization"). While this version fooled 99% of people into thinking it was reality, a small number of people were ultimately unsure of it and risked rejection. As a safety valve, the machines created Zion, a supposedly free community of human beings. Zion's role was to find and remove from the Matrix human beings who could not ultimately accept its reality. However, if left unchecked, the population of Zion would eventually grow so large as to threaten the entire foundation of the Matrix and the machines' society. So the machines would gradually 'reboot' the safety valve by destroying Zion and wiping out its population. As part of this cycle they created the idea of 'The One', a being who had special ability to manipulate the Matrix. The One contained within his makeup special code which was integral to the survival of the Matrix. He was also programmed to have a generalized empathy with, and desire to preserve, humanity. With Zion destroyed by the machines, The One would be given a choice of either returning to the Matrix and guaranteeing its continued survival or of allowing the system to fail, thus killing all of the humans plugged into the system. He would also be tasked with picking a group of people from within the Matrix to create a new version of Zion, thus starting the whole cycle over again.

After explaining to Neo his purpose in the Matrix, the Architect presents him with two doors...the door on the right leads to the Source, while the door on the left leads to Trinity, who is falling just as in Neo's dream. Flying as quickly as possible, Neo catches her just seconds before she hits the ground and carries her to the top of a building where he reaches through the code of the Matrix and extracts the bullet, but it is too late. Trinity's heart stops beating, and she dies both in the Matrix and on the Nebuchadnezzar. Refusing to accept her death, Neo reaches through the code against and squeezes her heart, causing it to start beating again. Later, back on the Nebuchadnezzar, Morpheus can't believe that the Oracle's prophecy has not come true. Neo explains that the prophecy was a lie, another part of the Matrix meant to control them. Suddenly, the proximity alarm goes off, alerting the crew that Sentinels are near. They flee the ship just in time to watch it blown apart. As the Sentinels come after them, Neo suddenly stops running and exclaims, 'Something's different...I can feel them.' He raises his hand and, like an EMP, stops them in mid-air, sending the Sentinels crashing to the ground. However, the strain is too much on Neo, and he also collapses, just as the Hammer arrives to rescue them. While Neo lies unconscious in sickbay, Trinity at his side, the Hammer crew tell Morpheus and Link about the counterattack Commander Lock (Harry Lennix) had planned but explains that someone screwed up and fired an EMP before they were in position, turning it into a slaughter. There was only one survivor, and he now lies unconscious in the sickbay of the Hammer with Neo. In the final scene, the camera pans from Neo to the patient lying next to him. It is Bane.

Bane (Ian Bliss) is/was a crewman on the Cadeusus before his body was taken over by Agent Smith the night of the Zion party.

If by 'saved,' you mean the salvation of Zion as the architect describes it (picking certain people to repopulate Zion), it would (by assumption) be what they expected to happen. If Neo attempted to save Zion and the machines were forced to destroy it ("rest assured, this will be the sixth time we have destroyed Zion, and we have become very efficient at it"), the Architect also assures Neo that "there are certain levels of survival which we are willing to accept."

The Matrix Reloaded Enhanced Story Presention, with highlighted dialogue and over 200 screenshots placed in sync with the story.

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