THE AISLE SEAT - by Mike McGranaghan


A short review for a short film.

Final Flight of the Osiris is part of something called “The Animatrix” – a series of short animated films inspired by the 1999 blockbuster phenomenon. Supposedly, this first installment will lead up to The Matrix Reloaded, the formal sequel which is due out in May. The film is entirely computer-generated and reminded of the great, overlooked Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within that came out two summers ago. It begins with a man and woman, both blindfolded, participating in a sword duel. They are not trying to kill each other, though. We quickly come to realize that they are using their skills to tear each other’s clothes off. (This film represents the first – and hopefully last – time I see someone’s computer-generated buttocks.) After this round of cybersex is finished, we learn we have been watching two crew members of the Osiris, a spacecraft trying to…well, I never did quite understand that. To fight off a band of marauding aliens who are attacking the ship, the female crew member enters the Matrix.

It’s probably not fair to give away the ending, not that Final Flight of the Osiris really has one. This is one of those short films that are more of a stunt than a story. Everything that happens here is aproppo of nothing. Or, if it does have some relevance, we won’t understand it until we see The Matrix Reloaded. That said, I enjoyed the movie as a stunt. The CGI effects are breathtaking, showing some significant advancement in technology even in the short time since Final Fantasy. I also found that Final Flight of the Osiris did was it was presumably intended to do: it made me eager to see the next Matrix movie. There’s not much substance here, but what can you expect at only 11 minutes? I had fun watching it, which is all that counts.

Note: Final Flight of the Osiris is playing exclusively in front of Dreamcatcher, which means that the stuff before the feature film is quite literally the best part.

( out of four)

Final Flight of the Osiris is rated PG-13 for sexuality and sci-fi violence. The running time is 11 minutes.

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