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A Detective Story (2003)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Animation  -  April 2003 (USA)
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A private detective is hired to track down the computer hacker known as Trinity. But as he gets close his goal, reality takes a weird turn for him.

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Trinity (voice)
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Clarence (voice) (as T. C. Carson)
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Ash, a private detective, is quite frankly sick of his job. It's not as adventurous as he thought it was and on top of that both his fridge and bank account are empty. When the phone rings, Ash promises to his cat Dinah he will quit the business forever if this is yet another husband who wants his wife shadowed. But the caller is quite a different gentleman. He wants Ash to look for a computer hacker called Trinity. The caller refuses to say his name, but Ash is quickly persuaded to take on the job when he sees his recently updated bank account balance. When he starts investigating, Ash finds something strange. He is not the first detective looking for the hacker. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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The name of Ash's cat (Dinah) is a reference to the character Dinah Brand from the novel "Red Harvest" by Dashiell Hammett. "Red Harvest" was widely considered the first hard-boiled detective novel. Also, Dinah is the name of Alice's cat mentioned early in "Alice in Wonderland." See more »

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Ash: A case to end all cases...
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Written by Layo Paskin and Matthew Benjamin
Performed by Layo & Bushwacka!
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Stunning Animation, decent story, good short
7 June 2003 | by (Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

The detective story is not typical for the Matrix Universe. It is a film-noir-esque private eye story, with a strong narrator and a very rich feel. Rich, in terms of its visual appeal. The snowing scenes, the grainyiness, it all stuns the eye.

But what about the story? It is interesting, even if it feels a little out of place. The agents hire a privat detective to track down Trinity. He finds out that they tried the approach before, but with hazardous consequences for the hired detectives. Still, he tries to locate her and eventually succeeds, through Alice in Wonderland references and hackers and chat rooms. Then things begin to get interesting...

All in all, this is a perfectly satisfying short animated movie.

8/10


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