Final Flight of the Osiris (2003)
Ebert: Not Reviewed Rolling Stone: Not Reviewed TV Guide: Not Reviewed
Warning, major plot points revealed!
What is the Animatrix? The Animatrix is a collection of several animated short films that will be released on DVD June 3rd, detailing the backstory of the "Matrix" universe, and the original war between man and machines which led to the creation of the Matrix. The Final Flight of the Osiris is the first (actually #9) of these shorts to be released and is currently playing in theatres before the movie Dreamcatcher.
I can not even begin to describe how cool this little film is! It's about 10 minutes long. It was animated with super-cool graphic design by Square Co. Ltd. The same production company that made the hyper-realistic animated movie Final Fantasy:The Spirits Within. I loved it so much that I would have actually paid the price of admission just to watch this 10 minutes of film. It's that cool!
It starts with an incredible sword fight in the dojo construct that Morpheus and Neo used to train in The Matrix. This scene will most definitely induce a Nerdgasm in all comic loving sci-fi audience members. After the sword fight we see a ship like the Nebuchadnezzar called the Osiris being chased by about 10 Sentinels. The chase leads them to the surface of the devistated Earth where 1000's of Sentinels are preparing an attack on Zion. Jue (The woman in all these pictures) is sent into the Matrix to warn Zion as the Sentinels attack and destroy the ship and it's crew. That's it. That's the whole movie.
But what a 10 minutes it is! I can't wait to see it again and again and again and again. The entire film is basically a special effect so I can't really describe what effect I liked the best. Suffice to say the movie is amazing, awesome, and incredible. It has made me so excited about the 2 Matrix Sequels this year that I can barely think of anything else! The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, the Animatrix DVD, X-Men 2 and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, to name a few, will make 2003 the greatest year in film history... period.
Even if you have no interest in seeing Dreamcatcher (which is a good movie by the way), you should sneak into the theatre where it is showing and watch The Final Flight of the Osiris. You will not be disappointed. I promise!
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