- Film 1: The Matrix
- The Animatrix:
.. - The Second Renaissance
.. - Kid's Story
.. - Program
.. - World Record
.. - Beyond
.. - A Detective Story
.. - Matriculated
.. - Final Flight of the Osiris /
.........Enter the Matrix
- Film 2: The Matrix Reloaded
- Film 3: The Matrix Revolutions
- Return to Source Documentary:
Philosophy and the Matrix
- Doctor Who
- Star Trek:
. - The Original Series (TOS)
. - The Animated Series
. - The Movies
. - The Next Generation (TNG)
. - Deep Space Nine (DS9)
. - Voyager
. - Enterprise
The Animatrix: Program
10-disc box set
for North America
10-disc box set
for the U.K.
|(The Animatrix, segment 5)
- written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri
- produced by Larry and Andy Wachowski, Michael Arias,
Eiko Tanaka, Hiroaki Takeuchi
- music by Don Davis
- 7 min. action plus 8 min. credits
Story: A female warrior receives a bizarre proposal from
her mentor during a training exercise.
In-Depth Analysis Review
by Martin Izsak
WARNING: This review contains "SPOILERS", and is intended for
those who have already seen the story.
This is probably the most unmemorable story of the entire Animatrix.
It seems to take longer than most before
you can orient yourself and figure out who the characters are, where they are in their
lives, and what they're all about, much less invest in their prolific battles. But once
that's done, the answers are quite disappointing.
The entire thing feels like a re-run of Cypher's subplot from the first movie,
only this time it's shorter and less fulfilling. On top of that, you won't really
be able to understand it on its own without having seen the first Matrix movie,
so its re-run status is inescapable.
Effort seems to have gone into its extravagant visuals, which apply
a very Japanese style to the usual Matrix tricks. But all this is window-dressing,
and the core concept doesn't seem to have any new or original twists to it.
The ending is one that has grown to be a bit of an overused and disappointing
cliché from many a 1960's episode of Star Trek. As usual, it deserves the
groan it gets.
Will the Animatrix pick itself up from these depressing and pointless stories
and start to make us feel like there's a point to it somewhere? Thankfully,
beginning with the next segment, the answer is yes.