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The Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending remains semi-permanently on the horizon as it deals with funding and all the technical wizardry that usually comes with their epic-in-scope films. And with Cloud Atlas not yet on DVD or Blu-ray, we’re left with only things we’ve seen before in the same formats.
Oh wait, except there’s a minute-long version of The Matrix from Russian animation studio 1A4Studio, as told using characters only slightly more complicated than stick figures, in settings just detailed enough so you know what part of the movie you’re in. All things told, it’s more enjoyable than anything involving the “reality” in either of the Matrix sequels. And I don’t think I’m straying very far outside the lines of our reality by saying an androgynous, mostly featureless Neo is easily as convincing as Keanu Reeves. Watch the hectic madness below and remember, “There is no spoooooon!”
I’m going to get that guy from the beginning to DJ my next party. Last month, the team put together another sci-fi-connected Speedrun, which is what these hopefully recurring homages are called, and they brilliantly told the tale of Back to the Future‘s Marty McFly through a series of constant side-scrolls and location changes, flipping out of cars and through windows as he pleases. Watch out for the foul language running throughout, just in case you’re watching it in front of a group of nuns.
I’m dying to see a Total Recall or a 2001: A Space Odyssey Speedrun now. Ooh, or Demolition Man. The list continues.