Friday, November 22, 2013
The Matrix Retrospectived: Enter The Matrix (2003)
In addition to The Animatrix, The Matrix sequels had a video game tie in as well. And no, this wasn't some generic LJN type thing, this was the real deal. This had the actors from the movie in a plot with scenes written and directed by the Wachowskis. It was a pretty big deal. The story didn't follow Neo, Morpheus, Trinity and the gang though. It followed the exploits of Niobe and Ghost aboard the Logos. When playing for the first time after seeing The Matrix Reloaded, one can go "Ohhhh, so THAT'S where Jada Pinkett-Smith's scenes went!" She was a big casting announcement for this movie back in 2002 and when you see the film you're left kinda like "That was it?" with her. But come the video game, she gets far more meat to chew on.
All in all, the scenes, depth and extensions here are all superfluous and just kinda expanded universe/easter egg type material. It all amounts to jack and shit, to be blunt. I'm not saying its not neat, i think a majority of it is because I'm a Matrix fan, but I also can see that is totally unnecessary and quite inferior to everything else regarding The Matrix. I give them props for the effort, but the execution could have been better and meant a little more. Some of this could have gone into to the film and not been held back for an inferior piece that not everyone is going to venture to.
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