Sure, the Masked Reviewer has already
reviewed The Matrix Reloaded. It's been done. But
today, the film was re-released on the big big screen.
Seven stories of Keanu. Whoa.
The Masked Reviewer has never experienced an IMAX film before.
Sure, he's had the chance, but none of the IMAX offerings really reached
out and grabbed him by the mask.
The IMAX theater was in the Luxor, which visitors to Vegas will know
as the big black pyramid thing with the flashlight on top. The
Luxor would be a good hotel to have in your pocket if you dropped your
keys in the basement. The theater is, in fact, seven stories tall.
The Masked Reviewer was seated on level five, which for those of you who
aren't good at math, is five flights of stairs up. They don't have
stairs, actually, but rather a long ramp in a spiral, like a parking
garage. Once at the assigned level, people wait for the doors to
open. It's more like waiting for a theme park ride than waiting
for a movie. Also, no snacks are allowed. Originally, the
Masked Reviewer assumed that this was because the delicate IMAX
technology couldn't withstand the amino acid compounds found in your
Diet Pepsi, but more likely this is because of the way the theater is
Each row is greatly staggered in the IMAX theater. For someone
in the row below you to obstruct your view, they'd have to be seventeen
feet tall, wearing a ten gallon hat. Each row is very narrow, with
a handrail to keep you from plummeting seven stories to your death --
which makes it clear why snacks aren't allowed. An erstwhile
Junior Mint could kill someone, like a penny dropped from the Empire
State Building. Those of you who have an acute fear of heights
might find the upper levels a bit daunting.
Once seated, the handrail flashes red and then closes in on you,
again like a theme park ride. This is good, because the handrail
blocks the middle of the screen when you sit. This is bad
because...you're sealed in. You're given instructions that if you
need to leave, raise your hand. That's a bit scary.
Especially if the movie sucks. If you want to go to the bathroom,
you're out of luck...once you leave the theater, there is no return
A brief demo of the IMAX system followed. It was impressive.
There were 50 speakers (in six "nodes" spread throughout the theater.
While it looked like they weren't placed for optimal surround effect,
they sounded great. Better than great, actually. Arguably,
these were the best speakers the Masked Reviewer had ever heard in a
theater. The sound effects were beautiful.
The picture was also phenomenal. Any of you out there who are
thinking of becoming actors, be aware that when you have your face on a
seven story high screen, every single blemish is visible. Little
moles, pimples, pock marks, and hairs are all huge. Keanu
Reeves has really good skin.
It seems like other IMAX films are shot in a different aspect ratio
than 16:9; Matrix Reloaded didn't fill the top and bottom of the
screen (like watching a letter-boxed movie on a normal screen).
Even so, it fills your peripheral vision very well. You get a
great sense of movement and the movie is more impressive in every
respect on the gigantic IMAX screen. The acting doesn't get
any better, but it is bigger.
If only they allowed IMAX sized popcorn in the theater.
Reload the Matrix in IMAX and be blown away. Seven
stories of Keanu. Whoa.
See the plain ol' regular sized Matrix
Reloaded review if you haven't seen the film. If you have,
and you've been thinking about seeing it again, it's worth the extra
couple of bucks for the IMAX version. You'll see things you never
saw before (a six foot nose hair). You'll also be blown away by
the audio. It's made the Masked Reviewer an IMAX convert.
You can also check out the Masked Reviewer's
Matrix Contest to guess the outcome of the third film, Matrix
Revolutions. Find out how the Masked Reviewer predicts it will
all end by going here.