The Animatrix

Year: 2003
Cast: Clayton Watson, Olivia D'Abo, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne Moss
Part of the marketing juggernaut that was the early 21st century's biggest cinematic (or rather, multimedia) experience. Along with the video game et al, this collection of anime-inspired shorts was (if you're cynical) designed to leach even more money out of the fanboys.

To those who believed the studio PR, it was the connection between the original and the first sequel. The first film of the collection, Final Flight of the Osiris, was actually intended to bridge the gap between the two directly.

Incorporating a range of styles and genres, some of them are actually pretty imaginative. Smart little stories like the Sam Spade-inspired detective on the hunt for Trinity sit side by side with ones like Osiris, a story more concerned with the kung fu, sentinel chases and sexual connotation of the movies.

So despite the shamelessness of it's existence, The Animatrix is thoroughly entertaining even if you're not a diehard fan but understand the concept behind the series.

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