One of the more interesting of the vast host of ephemeral film projects floating around on the web is the trailer for an “upcoming” movie called Ickerman. It gives us a wonderous glimpse of a future world and hints at an interesting story about the conflict between the new and what was good about the old.
It was directed by Seth Ickerman, who is really the French directing duo, Raphaël Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard, and leaves one in awe, particularly when you realize they put this fantastic clip together in their garage! It’s one of those clips that leaves me wondering why someone in Hollywood hasn’t shown up at their door with a contract. I suppose they’re too busy on the latest round of remakes.
Before Ickerman, they put together this amazing fifty-minute film set in a wildly re-imagined sub-world of The Matrix.
Kaydara, a mysterious bounty hunter, is an outsider in the awakened world of the Matrix films, who cruises about in a hovercraft much like the Nebuchadnezzar and her sister ships. Not only is he trying to catch the apparently mythical “The One”, who commands a huge bounty, but he also has to fight both Agents and other bounty hunters.
The end result is a fantastic film that moves between various levels of reality, from the virtual world of the Matrix, to the real world aboard Kaydara’s ship, to the videogame world of his brother’s favorite pastime, “The Ratrix”, a game featuring a rat version of “The One”, in what looks like claymation. It is visually dazzling, although it seems slightly at odds with the world of The Matrix, at least as we know it (yes, I know the Matrix sequels did add a number of characters who, while they weren’t part of the free human army Morpheus belonged to, clearly had some notion of the reality of the Matrix).
But then, who cares when you have a film that looks this good and is this entertaining? Dollar for dollar it was, without question, a better buy than the Wachowski’s overblown sequels.
And that’s probably true even if you don’t compare the costs.