- 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: A Detective Story
10-disc box set
for North America
10-disc box set
for the U.K.
|(The Animatrix, segment 8, starring James Arnold Taylor as Ash,
with Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity)
- story by Manjiro Ooshio
- written and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe
- produced by Larry and Andy Wachowski, Michael Arias,
Eiko Tanaka, Hiroaki Takeuchi
- music by Don Davis
- 10 min. action plus 8 min. credits
Story: A mysterious caller hires private investigator Ash to
find an elusive computer hacker named Trinity.
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 a very atmospheric and subdued entry in the Animatrix. While it isn't
quite as emotionally charged as many other segments, partly by its own artistic choice,
it is perhaps one of the most healthily thought-provoking of the segments, as it tugs
at the flaws in the Wachowski's world and begins to highlight areas of concern.
"The Second Renaissance", the imagery of this segment never feels
inappropriately distasteful, which will allow it to achieve a healthy rank amongst
Our main protagonist is an easy-to-like private investigator named Ash, and
through him the audience gets a slightly different perspective of the activities of
the main characters of the live-action film trilogy. At first, Ash simply seems
to be portrayed using the best parts of cliché detective story
conventions like jaded narration, black and white cityscapes suffering unpleasant weather,
and grudging descent into seedy nightlife looking for clues, but all now updated
to include the world of computers and cyberpunk stylizations.
But the really poignant portions come into play when we begin to see the conflict
between Trinity and the agents through the eyes of plugged-into-the-Matrix third
parties like Ash and the private eyes that have investigated her before him. One dead,
one vanished, one crazy. It comes together on the train, when Ash actually meets Trinity
and once again we see several passengers get taken over by agents. Out come the guns,
and the self-centered battles begin. And though it is perhaps a bit late,
"A Detective Story" follows through on the plot logic that escaped
as the agents proceed to try to take over Ash. Nowhere else in the film trilogy
have we seen this happen to a character that we're so invested in, so it has a power
here that is significant. And we see Trinity's reaction, which is pretty much policy
for all the other "heroes" of the live-action films. She shoots our guy - a guy who
was on her side - and after a heartfelt talk, leaves him to the mercy of the agents.
Talk is cheap, while action speaks volumes.
Thus the callous nature of the film's "heroes" is put under a spotlight here
that it never really gets anywhere else, which really helps this story earn its
worth in the saga.
Bizarrely as was the case in
"Kid's Story", though we get actress Carrie-Anne Moss
recreating her character of Trinity, it's hard to tell that it's actually her by voice
alone. I think this has to do largely with the way most main characters in
The Matrix films are conceived, spending so much of their time hidden behind sunglasses
and punk outfits, and hiding their emotions underneath a veneer of "cool", that not
very much personality shows through. There's not enough there for Trinity or Neo
to be recognizable by voice alone. In the films, there are very subtle visual things
going on that can identify Trinity as a character, but as good as the animation is
in this story, it didn't quite go into all the detail that would have made Trinity
definitively the woman that Carrie-Anne Moss portrayed on screen.
This story opens up a fascinating can of worms, and ties up Trinity's involvement
with it, but it leaves things hanging open as far as Ash is concerned, and a little
too open for my tastes. I would have easily loved this story to continue, to see how
things turn out for him. It is really a bit bizarre that it ends where it does.
Once again, this is one of the better entries of the Animatrix, and one that
all fans of the Matrix movies should see and think about.