Movie Review: Reloaded Cadillacs – Matrix Surrounded Us


The Matrix Reloaded is the highly anticipated sequel to one of the most influential, admired and popular movies. It is an elaborately choreographed, rigorously stylized science-fiction epic rife with cool heroes, intriguing villains and eye-widening action set pieces that show us the money in no uncertain terms. Without the newness of the concept as a lure, “Reloaded” increasingly relies on elaborate action and new villains to keep us interested. On the combat side, there is a stirring battle involving cars especially Cadillac ones, trucks, motorcycles and martial arts on a replica of the Harbor Freeway, built at no small expense in Northern California (the real one is kinda busy). Also on tap is a much-talked-about scene where Neo takes on something like a hundred replicas of scheming Agent Smith.

GM donated 300 cars for use in the production of the movie. All 300 were wrecked by the end. Because the twins’ Cadillac Escalade EXT was not in production at the time of the movie’s filming, General Motors had to graft together fiberglass Cadillac Accessories with prototype Chevrolet Avalanche pickup trucks, to create the black truck seen in the freeway chase. The Lincoln Continental from The Matrix (1999) makes a brief cameo appearance toward the beginning of the film. The underground garage where the characters select a car is populated with all Cadillacs, including a classic 1950s El Dorado and prototype of the 2004 XLR.

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