There are lots of fan films out there… you know, when someone decides to pull out the video camera and make their own movie based on some well-known film. Some are bad, most are mediocre, a few are good, and then there’s Kaydara, a fan film set in the world of The Matrix. If you’ve enjoyed The Matrix, then you need to see this hour long labor of love.
A bit about the story… Kadara is a bounty hunter, independent of the human resistance we’re familiar with in the Matrix storyline. To him, any belief in The One (the foretold savior of mankind) is just as likely to keep humanity enslaved as the machines using them as an energy source. And so his main goal in life is to kill anyone claiming to be The One, hoping to quickly end what is, in his mind, a waste of time and energy better spent on active resistance.
Kadara is everything I wished the sequels to The Matrix to be: lots of action, great effects, good music, and a streamlined plot (especially a streamlined plot). The only drawback is that the translation from the original French is really clunky in spots (“The back just fell off!”). You’d think with the extreme effort in every other category they could have brought in a good writer to make sure the English version of the plot avoided the pitfalls of direct translation. Still, I’d give it a solid “A”.
Beware, the F-bomb is dropped once and sh** is used a handful of times. Plus, there is the usual amount of martial arts violence and gunplay expected in any Matrix film.
P.S. I’ve always hoped a TV-show of The Matrix would come out, set between movies one and two. I think Kaydara proves it can and should be done.