Review: Animatrix – Beyond
I’m going to review here only on the episode ‘Beyond’ from the Animatrix movies as it’s my very favorite (together with ‘Detective Story’) on there. Director Koji Morimoto had the brilliant idea to show a very different view on the Matrix by letting some children in a big city (obviously Tokyo) discover a bug in the Matrix incidentally.
On a sunny day Yoko’s cat doesn’t appear to her breakfast which she usually never omits. So the girl goes asking some kids if they saw the cat around and they decide to trespass to that ‘forbidden’ plat in the neighborhood. Things there run completely paradox! It’s raining through the ceiling from the sky where no clouds are and by jumping from the roof you start floating in the air.
The kids have some very fascinating moments on the site before actually the ‘agents’ arrive with a ‘debugging’-command … because … you might have guessed it, nothing stays unobserved in the Matrix by them for long.
This little insight on a day of living in the Matrix hasn’t much to do anymore with the Matrix movies like some of the other Animatrix episodes. Completely uninfluenced shows it the adventurous kids encountering something normally impossible while they don’t loose much words about the ‘how’ and ‘why’.
The movie offers some very lovely and dreamy scenes for example when a dove flies by in slow motion and Yoko’s dropping slowly to the ground. There’s also a view into what seems to be the ‘void’, a big – if not endless – pitch black room … I’d rather don’t step into it!
After the ‘debuggers’ disappeared again, everything’s getting normal and boring again! The spirit of the strange building is gone.
I’ve read some people’s review on The Animatrix™ somewhere else who were disappointed and gave it a very lousy grade. I can only guess that they are too ‘fixed’ on the Matrix movies and expected something more close to the Matrix(tm) movies. But IMHO exactly this is what is exciting about the Animatrix movies, that they are showing very own stories and different approaches on the Matrix universe like Beyond is doing it in an extreme way.