I'm gonna make this review short and sweet: Of all the things I thought I'd feel coming out of the theatre, "I'm sorry I ever bothered watching the first one" was not on the top of my list. This Hollywood cliche-fest asked (and left hanging) more questions than it answered. Nothing in this film surprised me, I saw every twist and turn coming a mile away, and after all the possibilities, after all the build-up, after everything was said and done, what do we get? A standard, over-effected, drawn-out fistfight. (*yawn*)
You know what it really felt like? With all the plot holes, all the unexplained events, all the characters that had a shitload of potential but instead just showed up as functionaries...the series felt like I was watching a bad movie adaptation of what was probably a really cool book series.
Perhaps, once the DVD is out, I'll get all three together, and watch them, back-to-back, and find something, ANYTHING, that I missed or forgot, something that will make this worth the 6+ hours I feel I've wasted on it (more than that, once you count in the Animatrix and the game). At the moment, though, I merely hope the Wachowski brothers burn in Hell.
Hey, Wachowskis! Learn to tell a story...no good story builds up and fizzles at the end. In fact, here's a list of the 10 best trilogies of all time, all of which could have shown you guys what a trilogy is SUPPOSED to be like (though they didn't list the 'Indiana Jones' films among them, and added in one that no one I've ever talked to has heard of).
Scott Kurtz of the webcomic "Player Vs. Player" did an excellent job of stating why the series died, and the plot holes thereof. Check It Out and see if you agree. I certainly did.