But there were a couple (okay 4 or 5) times when I wondered what the h*ll the Wachowski brothers were thinking... or maybe _IF_ they were thinking. Those few scenes aside, I liked it. Lots better than George Lucas' last few disastrous efforts.
Warning for those who haven't seen the movie, I'm discussing some details now. If you don't want to know, stop reading...
1. Morpheus' speech and the rave dance in the "temple" of Zion. Simply stupid, and even mushier than the final scene of Star Wars Ep. 4. Yuck.
2. The whole bit about "understanding your choices"... is this some kind of moral message? Nope. It's cr*p.
3. The lame crotch-zoom in the restaurant with Msr. Merovingian. Grow up. Or maybe that was there for all the 13-year-olds who snuck in...
4. The entire scene with the Architect (who reminded me of Col. Sanders, by the way). Wasn't this gobbledy-gook from both a technical & spiritual perspective?
All that being said, it's not a waste of time to see. Hope they don't make the same kind of mistakes in part 3!
What the box didn't tell me was that this interesting idea would get ruined by the absolutely awful character development, a disjointed plot, and an incredibly annoying little shaman/mystic who keeps showing up throughout the movie.
Like "The Killing Fields," it creates tremendous tension in the viewer by portraying sympathetic, likable characters within an environment of tremendous evil.
The acting and cinematography are both excellent, making a direct connection with the feelings of every character.
My only criticism is very slight (I did rate it a 10, after all), but I wondered a bit at the persistance of Sanchin's naivete. While this is central to his character, I found it a little difficult to comprehend based on what he went through.