Tuesday, February 4th, 2003 - Warner Bros. Studios
Thanks to Joel Silver, the man that constructed so many magical movie moments in my life, Tuesday night was a night to remember. A huge press junket was held for two events which coincide with the release of this year's Matrix films, The Matrix Reloaded & The Matrix Revolutions.
Part of the action surrounded hype for the Animatrix anime series which comes to DVD on June 3rd, and which serves as a backstory to characters within the Matrix realm. We were treated to an unbelievable CGI sequence which kicks off The Animatrix, entitled "Final Flight Of Osiris". "Flight" showcased a amazing fight training simulator sequence between two characters. The characters are then pulled out of their simulation only to realize that they, along with their crew, have stumbled upon a breeding ground of sorts of thousands sentinels which are trying to make their way into the underground city of 'Zion'.
Without spoiling it for anyone, the sequence of action packed scenes that take place after the crew is discovered by the hell-bent sentinels is mind boggling. The CGI is set at even higher standard then that of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within which would be expected since the same team worked on both projects.
With the spirit of Anime intact, set against the cyber-techno-apocolyptic world of The Matrix, The Animatrix is going to prove as a very welcome companion to the world of this incredible series of movies. Catch "Final Flight Of Osiris", which serves as a sort of prequel to The Matrix Reloaded, attached to copies of Dreamcatcher which hits theaters March 21st.
Enter The Matrix, the video game coming soon to a platform near you. This was the main event, or as it would seem since this whole shin dig was put on by the folks Infogrames. I got a chance to play the PS2 version game a bit at the after party. Playing like any other search and destroy type of action game, Enter The Matrix bumps it up a few notches by adding many of the aspects of the movie into the game. The Wachowski brothers went and filmed tons of new, game exclusive footage just for the overall experience of the game. Supposedly parts of the game will fill in elements of the plot that might seem a little vague in the film.
With my actual hands on experience of the game, I can say that the fighting system could use a little bit of tweaking. I noticed as I played Jada Pinkett Smith's that I couldn't really control the combos as well as I would have liked. There was also what seemed to be a tiny bit of a glitch where a 'bad guy' would be about to be taken out, in which the game goes into 'cool Matrix mode' and does a slow motion preview of the kill, but the fight would not be over and the slow motion would still be commencing. It might have been a little too much. Aside from my pickiness, Enter The Matrix should be enthralling to any Matrix fan as well as any hardcore action gamer!
The stars walked down the black carpet to talk to the press about the game as well as the new anime series.
We'll let the interviews speak for themselves!
Take a look at some of the interviews we caught on tape!
I must speak briefly about the after party. This thing was amazing. Joel Silver sure knows how to treat the people he wants saying good things about his product. Tons of food and drink to satisfy your appetite, plenty of scantly clothed women, and Marilyn Manson eventually spinning tons records of ear piercing heavy metal. It was a night to remember.
I'd like to personally thank Ronnie over at Latino Review for collaborating with us on this project. I'd also like to thank the Hunts over at TheDigitalBits.com who were extremely supportive and very cool to hang out with as well!
Dont't forget to also check out: The Animatrix DVD