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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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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!
Courtesy of XL Recordings, Ltd.
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Watanabe is in home territory.
24 March 2005 | by (The back of your mind) – See all my reviews

I've seen three of the Animatrix episodes, and this is my favorite of all of them. The Second Renaissance provided a flimsy back story to the already flimsy universe. Program was a stylistically impressive number, it just felt kind of silly. I guess what gives this one it's special touch is the direction from Shinichiro Watanabe, director of the incredibly popular (and for good reason) series Cowboy Bebop. It has some of the best elements of Bebop: slick, sci-fi adventure, a no-nonsense, slightly apathetic hero working for hire, a bounty-head (more or less), and a chase scene, all wrapped up in an excellent film-noir packaging. Watanabe's Tarantino-style slickness comes through here full throttle.


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