Newsweek has completed a huge article on the upcoming sequels to 1999's The Matrix. In the article many details were revealed by the movie's producer, Joel Silver, who vividly described some key action sequences in the film. Here's a glance:
The climax of "Reloaded" is a lengthy freeway chase that, like the original "Matrix" in 1999, will redefine action filmmaking and visual effects for years. Two familiar heroes, Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), have captured a critical pawn in mankind's struggle against the Machines: the Keymaker, a tiny Asian man who has access to all the doors into the Machine world. Now they must safely get the Keymaker out of the Matrix and back into the real world, and the only way to do that is through a hard telephone line. The closest one is a few miles down a nearby freeway. The trouble is, in the Matrix, a freeway is the last place you want to be. There are people everywhere, meaning the bad-guy Agents have an unlimited supply of bodies to jump intoeach behind the wheel of a guided missile. "You always said never get on the freeway," Trinity reminds Morpheus as they race up the entrance ramp. "You said it was suicide." Morpheus grins. "Let us hope," the rebellion's Zen-calm leader says, "that I was wrong."
Silver also commented on the 2500 effects shots that will be in the film:
Between now and next November, Gaeta's visual-effects company, Esc (as in the "escape" button on a keyboard), and six other FX houses will have to deliver more than 2,500 separate shots, many of which will have taken nearly three years to complete. (By comparison, the first "Matrix" had 412 FX shots.) The price tag: a whopping $100 million, a figure that includes a new facility for Esc on the base in Alameda. Gaeta's previous company, Manix, won a visual-effects Oscar for the first "Matrix"an upset victory over George Lucas's "The Phantom Menace." But Manix was far too small to handle what the Wachowskis wanted for the sequels. "Reloaded" and "Revolutions" required technology that, at the time, hadn't been invented yet.
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