The Matrix Reloaded Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving Directors: Andy and Larry Wachowski The films: It must have a hard thing following up a film that turned the world on its ear. But that's what the Wachowski brothers had to do when working on the sequel to the iconic The Matrix - a film that redefined the sci-fi action genre and whose images have managed to creep into the very fabric of society. So the weight of expectation meant audiences were waiting for the same ground-breaking effects and mesmerising concepts. Perhaps, then, it was all too much to ask. The Matrix Reloaded is in no way a wasted exercise - you can bet the crowds will be lining up for the final instalment of the trilogy when it opens here on Wednesday regardless of its impact - it's just that the feeling of disappointment with the project is inescapable. What you get then is not so much of an advance on the first film, but more of the same. And it wears a little thin. Neo (Keanu Reeves, right) is still defining his role as the 'chosen one', Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) still speaks in riddles and Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) still steals the show. The dialogue is inescapably inane - in the true tradition of sci-fi - and everyone involved looks ultra cool but most of it passes you by without leaving much of an impact. Luckily, the brothers Wachowski had so much of a budget to spend that the special effects - particularly those used on the ever multiplying Agent Smith - are at times dazzling. You can just switch the old brain into neutral and stare wide-eyed. But even then there are problems. The much-heralded car-chase scene starts off in breath-taking fashion. But as the villains bounce, bounce, and endlessly bounce through the traffic, many will be left thinking of that old Frogger video game. The extras: A full extra disc means Matrix maniacs will be well served. But it's tough to get interested if the film leaves you feeling flat. There's a bundle of documentaries, which include interviews with cast and those behind the scenes and another look at the film's main car chase scene. The verdict: A bit of a let down really, but maybe it won't seem so when all the Matrix pieces can be put into place.