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Renaissance (R)





Release Date: September 22nd, 2006 by Miramax Films.
The Voices: Daniel Craig, Catherine McCormack, Romola Garai, Jonathan Pryce, Ian Holm. Directed by Christian Volckman.

BASIC PREMISE: In 2054 Paris, Karas (voice of Craig), a cop, investigates the mysterious disappearance of Ilona (voice of Garai), a scientist.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Shot with motion capture technology and then animated with black and white colors, Renaissance has amazing visuals, but a confusing and dull plot with equally dull characters. When Karas investigates the mystery of Ilonaís disappearance, he gradually uncovers a conspiracy in Avalon, a pharmaceutical company. Ilonaís sister, Bislane (voice of McCormack) has something to do with the mystery as well as Avalonís leader, Dellenbach (Pryce). There could have been so much suspense given the complex, detailed plot, but any suspense gets bogged down by bland characters and inane dialogue. Karas is supposed to be the good guy who you should root for as he gets deeper into the tangled web, so-to-speak. Unfortunately, the screenplay by Matthieu Delaporte, Alexandre De La Patelliere, Patrick Raynal and Jean-Bernard Pouy fails to make him a lively and interesting character. Moreover, the black-and-white visuals generate a cold, distant feeling toward him and other characters as well. At least thereís some slick eye candy with the very impressive, stylish visual effects, but thatís not nearly enough to keep you thoroughly engaged.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Confusing and bland.

NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 9

IN A NUTSHELL: Visually stunning and refreshingly stylish, but with a weak, confusing plot and bland characters.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: VHS/DVD


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