The Animatrix review

“Hand over your flesh, and a new world awaits you. We demand it.”

The Scoop: 2003 NR directed by Andy Jones, et all and starring Clayton Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Keanu Reeves

Summary Capsule: A series of nine short animated films examining various corners of the Matrix universe. Also, robot bosoms.

Drew’s Rating: Umm… not as good as the first movie, but way better than the third? Or does that go without saying?

Drew’s Review: Okay, a bit of explanation is in order — as some of you may know but others not so much, The Animatrix was a series of 9 short animated films released as a DVD collection at around the same time The Matrix Reloaded hit theaters. Overseen by the Wachowski brothers with a variety of directors, the shorts are meant to explore the Matrix universe in more detail, expanding on things only touched on in the movies; with the exception of one 2-parter, each stands on its own and has no connection to the others. Thus, rather than trying to judge the entire package as a whole, I’ll instead be looking at each segment individually and judging it on its own merits. Clear? Cool. Let’s do this!

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Komodo vs. Cobra

kvc-poster“Is there anything on this island you didn’t supersize?”

The Scoop: 2005 PG-13, directed by Jim Wynorski and starring Michael Paré, Michelle Borth, and Ryan McTavish

Tagline: The Ultimate Battle.

Summary Capsule: A group of meddling environmentalists finally get what’s coming to them in the form of giant, scaly, fanged death. It’s less interesting than you’d think.

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Rollerball 2002

rollerball-2002-poster“Smile and take the money. Smile and take the money.”

The Scoop: 2002 R, directed by John McTiernan and starring Chris Klein, Jean Reno, LL Cool J, and Rebecca Romijn

Tagline: Get In The Game.

Summary Capsule: In a not-too-distant future, Chris Klien and his big metal ball defy the nasty evil corporations of Russia by not playing a really violent game when they tell him to. Hang on, that sounds kinda familiar…

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Logan’s Run

logans-run-poster“You’re sad enough. You’re beautiful. Let’s have sex.”

The Scoop: 1976 PG, directed by Michael Anderson and starring Michael York, Richard Jordan, and Jenny Agutter

Tagline: Welcome to the 23rd Century: A perfect world of total pleasure, With just one catch…

Summary Capsule: Seventies utopias-never-work movie about a society in which everybody can do whatever they want, provided whatever they want is to die at thirty.

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