Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Trinity and a flying Ducati 996 in The Matrix

I have been holding off on this one because it really has nothing to do with Motards, Nakeds or Streetfighters but I decided to make the exception after watching the footage again, for a few reasons.
Firstly because it has to be one of the most influential change points in film making history of my generation, and secondly because the 996 was in my mind the ultimate superbike at the time. It oozed sex appeal. It was, at the time, the most lust worthy iconic road registered weapon of all time. This film was of course the sequel to the original Matrix which was released in 1999 but it's worth revisiting because at the time I thought it was the most exciting chase scene ever seen, it had effect, it had a Ducati 996 and of course it had Trinity in a black leather body suit. But now it looks kinda slow and with the advent of YouTube I can study it frame by frame looking for irregularities like the way she locks up the front brake to miss the first truck that tries to side swipe her, yet the back wheel smokes up. Or the ridiculous flying leap off of the truck in the first place. Or even the ridiculous looking key that the Keymaker hands over to start it, before that. But nonetheless it is a classic piece of film history and I could watch it over and over. I love the last tip in she does just toward the end of the scene, cutting across four lanes of traffic and switching directions. She epitomises Ducati cool. Not a hair on her helmet-less head moves.
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