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Total Crap: 6.67%

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Final Flight of the Osiris, The
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by Brian McKay

"Okay, so it's basically a marketing gimmick - but damn, what a great one!"
5 stars

The new computer-generated short MATRIX film was designed with two things in mind: Putting asses in seats for the disappointing DREAMCATCHER, and to further whet our collective appetite for the upcoming MATRIX sequels (as if the hard-on I have to see these films could get any bigger than it is already). However, it also manages to deliver a slick CGI vision of the MATRIX universe that accomplishes more in ten minutes than FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN could accomplish during it's seemingly eternal hour and forty five.

Final Flight of the Osiris begins with two blindfolded people swordfighting in a computer-generated Dojo. They are Thaddeus, the scarred and muscular black captain of the Osiris, and his second in command and lover Jue, a stunning Asian woman. Yes, I'm fully aware that she is composed entirely of polygons and vertices, but she still looks damn fine. They fight playfully, in a scene that combines high-leaping bullet-time action with sensual swordplay as they strategically cut away at eachother's clothing until their perfect polygonal physiques are revealed. Their fun is interrupted, however, when the Osiris is set upon by a swarm of sentinels (those cybernetic octopus things from the film). After a thrilling chase through the tunnels, they emerge to find an even greater and imminent threat to Zion, the last bastion of human freedom.

Created by Soft, Inc., the makers of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, it looks every bit as good as that film – no, scratch that. It looks even better (although if I had to choose which computer-generated fantasy babe I’d like to nail, I’d still be hard-pressed to decide between Jue and Aki Ross). The visual style fits the Matrix universe like a glove, the voice acting is excellent, and while the characters are under-developed (after all, what can you do in a ten minute film when nine of those minutes are devoted to action?), they fit well within the templates established by the original film. These obscenely high production values are what sets Flight of the Osiris above the other “Animatrix” short films – which, while very cool in their own right, are in a more traditional anime’ vein and lack the visual style of the film. While it’s doubtful that we will get to see more of the Osiris crew in the future, we can always hope that they will show up in a feature-length CGI prequel. When the Animatrix series is released on DVD (coinciding with the release of Matrix: Reloaded), this short film will be the reason to own.

I guess I couldn’t really blame you for walking out of the lackluster DREAMCATCHER once you’ve seen OSIRIS. While it may seem a bit much to spend nine dollars to see a ten minute feature, it will bring you infinitely more value for your dollar than the likes of BOAT TRIP or VIEW FROM THE TOP on this premiere weekend. And for God’s sake, people, STOP GOING TO SEE BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE!

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User Comments

4/12/08 Fercho Amazing 5 stars
1/16/05 Naka Hahaha, "Sucks like fuk". Damn, kid....anyway. Good movie! 4 stars
4/07/04 fuckdsd this MOOVE SUCKS LIKE FUK 1 stars
11/08/03 The One Pointless "Final Fantasy" ripoff 1 stars
10/04/03 Chris Leaps ahead of Final Fantasy 5 stars
9/29/03 Snickers Jue had a fantastic ass 5 stars
6/26/03 spacecowboy i thought it was pretty shit. 3 stars
5/21/03 Tom Way better tha Dreamcatcher 5 stars
5/07/03 anders totally amazing 5 stars
5/06/03 Tobler Estupenda, otro punto de vista, sale de lo común 5 stars
5/03/03 Gray not the matrix 4 stars
4/26/03 Steve Burke The graphics were even more detailed than in Final Fantasy! 5 stars
4/26/03 Ariel Es genial, digna de su predecesora. 5 stars
4/25/03 Ryu Tenshi The Best CG film I've seen. 5 stars
4/25/03 Enrique David soy un cantor de ispalis 5 stars
4/25/03 pablo muy buena 4 stars
4/22/03 Mad Hatter AWSOME RIDE!! oh yeah, and Jue was hot 5 stars
4/22/03 Yotz von Frell That´s the frelling coolest thing in ages !!! GIMME MORE !!! 5 stars
4/12/03 TheMatrix72370 This will win the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film 5 stars
4/10/03 Travis OMG, this was great... 5 stars
4/06/03 neo_freestyler *orgasm noises* 5 stars
4/02/03 Brian Shows what could have become of SQUARE's film division. 5 stars
3/31/03 Jon Oh yes... VERY SWEET CGs...I WANT MORE!! 5 stars
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  23-Mar-2003 (PG-13)



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  Andy Jones

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  Larry Wachowski

  Jada Pinkett Smith

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