Beyond (2003)

  |  Animation, Sci-Fi, Short


Beyond (2003) Poster

A young girl and a group of children discover that an abandoned house contains a wondrous nature to it.


7.8/10
4,372

Photos

  • The Animatrix (2003)
  • The Animatrix (2003)
  • Hedy Burress in The Animatrix (2003)
  • The Animatrix (2003)
  • The Animatrix (2003)
  • The Animatrix (2003)

See all photos

More of What You Love

Find what you're looking for even quicker with the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


28 September 2003 | Jeremy Bristol
9
| Makes the whole Matrix phenomenon worthwhile.
I'm not a rabid fan of The Matrix (too many logistical flaws), though I have seen the two live action movies and plan on seeing the third (though I have to wonder why it is that so many movies lately are transition movies--Star Wars Episode 2, Matrix 2, X-2, etc).

My main reason for purchasing the Animatrix was that I am an animation lover, and not just of Disney or anime. I love Looney tunes, peanuts, Max Fleisher, Watership Down, Ralph Bakshi, Fantastic Planet, Wallace and Gromitt, Rocky and Bullwinkle, The Simpsons, etc. You get the picture. Of these nine stories, I can only say I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Not only is it beautifully animated, it has an imagination that rivals Miyazaki's. "Beyond" adds to the matrix mythology the essential element that it has been missing from the beginning: humanity in concrete terms. Unlike most of the rest, including the live action movies, it doesn't *talk* about what it's like to be human, because the characters are too busy being humans. It isn't about the mumbo jumbo of freeing one's mind to escape this seeming prison; instead, it shows someone, raised to believe the prison is not a prison, and she reacts realistically to it. Unlike the movies, it creates the sense that the people aren't automatons and are worth saving. (Not to take it too seriously, but just think of how many people they waste in all those shooting sprees--what, are they not worthy? Just because they don't buy into Morpheus' truth? Shouldn't they, ethically, knowing how these people will react to them, try to avoid conflicts with the caged humans, or at least attempt to use less-than lethal force? After all, is someone still a hero if they have to become the villain to save the world?).

The only real problem with Beyond is that it depicts animals as being as real as the humans (they're not, remember the deja-vu scene). But then, with the ending of Matrix Reloaded, perhaps there will be answers to this in Matrix Revolutions.

9/10. Seriously. You should see this even if you hate the matrix.

Critic Reviews


More Like This

A Detective Story

A Detective Story

Program

Program

Matriculated

Matriculated

World Record

World Record

Kid's Story

Kid's Story

The Second Renaissance Part II

The Second Renaissance Part II

Final Flight of the Osiris

Final Flight of the Osiris

The Second Renaissance Part I

The Second Renaissance Part I

Executions: The Making of 'The Animatrix'

Executions: The Making of 'The Animatrix'

The Animatrix

The Animatrix

The Matrix Revisited

The Matrix Revisited

Afro Samurai Pilot

Afro Samurai Pilot

Did You Know?


Soundtracks

HANDS AROUND MY THROAT
Written by Nicola Kuperus, Adam Lee Miller,
Tim Holmes (as Timothy David Holmes), Richard Fearless (as Richard Maguire), Dan Bitney,
Ken Brown, John Herndon, Douglas McCombs and John McEntire
Performed by Death In Vegas
Courtesy of Concrete/BMG UK & Ireland Ltd.

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Animation | Sci-Fi | Short

Which Marvel Series Is on Lance Reddick's Watchlist?

After starring in some of the best TV shows ever, John Wick star Lance Reddick reveals what he is watching now.

Watch now

Featured on IMDb

Check out IMDb's San Diego Comic-Con coverage, featuring Kevin Smith as captain of the IMDboat, July 18 to 20, 2019, visit our guide to Star Wars, family entertainment, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com