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Final Flight of the Osiris (2003)

After discovering a force of machines on its way to Zion, the crew of the hovercraft Osiris attempts to warn the city by using the Matrix.

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Andrew R. Jones

Writers:

Lilly Wachowski (as Andy Wachowski), Lana Wachowski (as Larry Wachowski)
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Credited cast:
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Thadeus (voice)
Pamela Adlon ... Jue (voice)
John DiMaggio ... Crew Man (voice)
Tom Kenny ... Operator (voice)
Rick Gomez ... Pilot (voice)
Tara Strong ... Crew Woman (voice)
Bette Ford ... Old Woman (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miyoko Asô Miyoko Asô ... (voice)
Mizuki Saitô Mizuki Saitô ... (voice)
Haruo Satô Haruo Satô ... (voice) (as Haruo Satou)
Tomotake Shigematsu Tomotake Shigematsu ... (voice)
Makoto Yasumura Makoto Yasumura ... (voice)
Atsuko Yuya Atsuko Yuya ... (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ... (voice)
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Thaddeus and Jue, the senior officers of the hovership The Osiris, have their erotic martial arts sparring session interrupted when the crew discovers a dire threat to the hidden city of Zion. The crew resolves to warn the settlement, but they are immediately detected by the machines and the chase is on. Now Jue must enter the Matrix to send the warning and hope that her comrades can hold off the enemy until she can complete her mission. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence, sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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This short film was released theatrically in the USA with Dreamcatcher (2003). See more »

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Featured in Return to Source: Philosophy & 'The Matrix' (2004) See more »

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Written by Mabi Thobejane and Ben Watkins
Performed by Juno Reactor
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Fast paced and enjoyable despite short running time and suggestion of cynical marketing
24 May 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

While practising kung fu and flirting in the dojo training programme, the captain of the Osiris, Thadeus, is alerted to an attack by a group of sentinels. Fleeing into an uncharted tunnel system the craft reaches the surface of earth where they see an army of sentinels and a machine for burrowing. Realising that Zion is directly beneath that site the crew realise that the machines are preparing an attack on Zion. As the sentinels close in on the craft one of the crew enters the matrix to deliver the information to one of the drop off points and warn Zion – but is there enough time?

I was wanting to see this short so much that I almost went to see Dreamcatcher to get it! Happily it came onto TV a few days before the second Matrix film opened. The plot is quite simple and feeds into the sequels quite well. Being cynical you could say that this is yet another marketing tool for the Matrix and in a way it is. However I prefer to think that it performs a dual role as a trailer but also a short film in it's own right. Realistically – do you think the Matrix marketing machine NEEDS any help from this?

The film moves quickly and is quite dramatic despite the short running time. Conversely to the films the `real' world is actually more exciting than the brief entry into the matrix itself (although they do try to spice this up with fancy moves etc), the real drama is the frantic attempt by the Orsis to escape or at least deliver it's warning. It may be more style than real substance or back story but it works well for what it is.

The animation is very good. Looking at the characters faces reveal that it isn't quite as good as the real thing, but when it comes to machinery etc it does look very good indeed. I must admit to being a little sad and male by appreciating the striptease type sword fight – one example where animation can make things as good as real!! Maybe the animation is why the stuff in the matrix isn't as exciting – because we know `how they did that' – they drew it!

Overall I don't know if I'd pay to see this but it is worth a look as part of the Matrix films. It has pace and is exciting and, although the short itself has a simple plot it does fit in nicely to the wider world. Even if you view this as a cynical marketing ploy – it is still quite an entertaining marketing ploy.


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