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Not so long ago, I came to the agonising, pain-staking conclusion that I quite like The Matrix Reloaded. As a whole film it's not that great, even if it is leaps and bounds better than the threequel, The Matrix Revolutions. When speaking about the second entry to The Matrix trilogy, there are so many scenes I bring up that I genuinely like, and think are proper bad-ass with echoes of its predecessor, that I find it hard not to defend Reloaded. By no means is it close to The Matrix, but it isn't a travesty either.
There is a scene in Reloaded that I couldn't possibly defend even if I was drugged and beaten into doing so, though. I've been trying to wipe this scene from my memory ever since I first saw it.
So, there is this big celebration going on in Zion, the only place left with inhabitants of the human race. Morpheus has just given a speech, empowering his people, and now it's time for Zion to get their groove on. Those guys have been living in fear for so long, and with the arrival of 'The One' Neo, maybe they do have a chance of surviving after all?
Though a couple since The Matrix, this is the first time that we see Neo and Trinity go, in a pre-teen way of describing it, 'all the way'. The sex scene itself isn't actually that weird, it's what surrounds it that makes it horrendous to witness. The music, the dancing, all of that bring your average run-of-the-mill shag to levels of, "WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON HERE?". It's like an orgy without there being an actual orgy. You could say it gets pretty close to that territory.
I've mentioned my love for Trinity before on this blog (when under the Feminising Film name), but have probably skipped pass how much I love her and Neo as a couple. They're the epitome of two people who are destined, quite literally, to be together. Ever since first watching The Matrix, I've always taken a shine to this pairing and thought that they bounced off together nicely, there was chemistry going on.
I have absolutely no qualms whatsoever with them taking the sex-step - hey, I don't think anyone would have been against seeing Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss banging -, I just have no idea what the fuck the Wachowskis's were thinking when they married an inmate moment between Neo and Trinity with the whole of fucking Zion grinding up against each other in a sweaty tirade to music that wouldn't be out of place if it were played at Cyberdog in Camden Town.
Passion, I am going to go ahead and assume, is what the Wachowskwis's were going for here, but they completely miss the ball. It feels like Zion are in on the whole Neo and Trinity act, that it's not a heated moment between two people. If they wanted to go for an intense sex scene, all hot and heavy, this certainly wasn't the way to go about it. Anything would have been better than this, fucking anything.
The Matrix Reloaded is incredibly flawed, yes, but there is enough good mixed in with the crap to defend it. That's before I am reminded that this scene exists; that it is not apart of my warped imagination, and then I find my defenses crumbling down. I have no excuse for this, I really don't. It's one of the most scarring things I've seen, and I hope to God that I am not the only one who feels that way.
Side note: If this was the first time that Trinity and Neo sealed the deal, would this have, technically, been both of their 'first times' since they were reborn when entering the real world?