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Kaena - The Prophecy

4.4 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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Product Description

On the distant planet Axis, a gigantic coiling plant stretches above the clouds. At its center is a village whose people are in mortal danger because Axis is withering...its sap is drying up. The people beg their gods for help...to no avail. Compelled by a mysterious force, Kaena, a rebellious, high-spirited teenage girl, will defy the High Priest and her people's ancestral beliefs to take the perilous journey through Axis and discover what dark secrets lie beyond the clouds: a dying world, anevil force, a terrible secret...

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Originally a computer-generated, animated feature presented in 3-D, the French-American Kaena: The Prophecy still looks eye-poppingly spectacular in a regular, two-dimensional format. The post-apocalyptic tale concerns an adventurous young woman, Kaena (voiced in English by Kirsten Dunst), who is a member of a race--one of many--that inhabit an enormous tree called the Axis, rising 100 miles from Earth's surface. While her people's leader, Opaz (Richard Harris), insists his tribe's sole purpose is collecting sap and honoring the gods who provide sustenance, Kaena is more interested in exploring. Signs that the Axis might be dying sends Kaena on a mission to find out why; along the way she encounters a slavemaster race, the Selenites, and their vicious queen (Anjelica Huston). Fantastic to look at, Kaena: The Prophecy is graphically dense, constantly moving, and truly inventive when it comes to designing creatures that appear equal parts vegetable and animal. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • Making-of featurette
  • Virtual interview with Kaena

Product Details

  • Directors: Chris Delaporte, Pascal Pinon
  • Producers: Marc du Pontavice
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002LJTF4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,373 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kaena - The Prophecy" on IMDb

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By Eric J. Kristoff on December 11, 2004
Format: DVD
Several reviewers here have panned this movie, and it is unfortunate. Give it a chance, and here's why: This film was produced by a small team of originally-game developers in Paris. Using off the shelf equipment and software they have created a stunning visual feast, and a world you want to get to know.

The film starts with one of the most arresting and unusual reveals I've seen in film. Flying through an immense fortress of a ship in space, it mysteriously explodes around us ultimately wrecking onto an unknown planet. The action continues, 600 years later. A village of primitive humans is in the jungle, collecting an offering for their gods. Kaena, a rebellious young woman is clearly above her primitive people, and instead proceeds to explore her jungle-above-the-clouds, traipsing through trees and sketching bizarre creatures. If you have ever read Larry Niven's -Integral Treas- or -The Smoke Ring-, then Kaena's world, Axis, will seem pretty familiar to you. She later finds herself in trouble, running from the power-hungry village priest and cast out into the jungle. The "gods'" minions are also in pursuit of her. Eventually, she comes to meet the sole survivor of that ill-fated ship, and they embark on an adventure to obtain an important relic of his people, which also holds the fate of Kaena's and of the (apparently evil) Selenites - those the villagers worship as gods.

Is the plot a little "done"? Perhaps. But, there's a reason certain storylines return - they work. It is well-executed and the story is internally consistent. There are a few technical flaws in the CG rendering. But the visuals and the world are truly beautiful. Some is left unexplained - the different creatures, the Selenites, etc. Other reviewers have criticized this.
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Being the very first French CGI movie I have ever seen, I bought it knowing I should not have any expectations and to keep my mind open. After watching the movie, I felt refreshed and bored at the same time.

Focusing on a scientific plot, the world of Axis is the center for the story. Following the main character Kaena, the story envelops the themes of false truths, standing for what you believe in, and enveloping a free future. Obviously being used many times before, I thought this would be another modern repeat of eastern world views. I was actually very surprised by the story.

Featuring the voices of Kirsten Dunst (Kaena), Keith David (Sap People), Richard Harris (Opaz), and Angelica Huston (The Queen), the voice emsamble delivers it very nicely. The emotions were definitley apparent but I could not help but think the voice acting of Kirsten Dunst was forced. There were times where it seemed she struggled to present Kaena's character and keep her voice in check.

Out of all the ensamble, Keith David's voice stands above all. Being a veteren voice actor from such cartoon series as Gargoyles, Keith David's exquisite voice brings the enemies to life in a fashion hard to master. You cannot help but hate the creatures presented in the movie because his voice acting is so good.

The animation of this movie was absolutley astonishing. It is of no question that a lot of work and time went into making this movie. Someone's heart and soul went into itty bitty details and it works. Graphically, I give it a standing ovation.

All in all, I would recommend this title to DVD/anime collectors. It is a nice addition and it does play the part for occassional viewings. If a sequel does show itself, I will buy it. "Kaena: The Prophecy" delivers a nice popcorn movie feel while somehow leaving you wanting more.
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I popped Kaena-The Prophecy into my DVD player. WHEW! I was blown away. This is one trippy movie! Imagine H.R. Giger & "Dark Crystal" era Jim Henson working together on a CGI fantasy / adventure & you'll get an idea of what this is. One of my biggest surprises was how great Kirsten Dunst's voice acting is in this film. She's required to say some pretty crazy sci-fi dialogue & she manages to make it all seem quite natural & believable. Perhaps Kirsten should overdub Natalie Portman's dialogue in the Star Wars prequel special editions. Anyway, the story for Kaena-The Prophecy is actually interesting & requires an attention span to follow. (A very rare thing for modern animation) Essentially, this is everything the Final Fantasy movie from a few years ago should have been. If you love animation & sci-fi / fantasy, check it out as soon as possible.
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This is one of the most interesting animated movies I've seen in 2004 (I bought it in Oct) and although it was released in 2002 I must say that I'm very very impressed with the work this French studio in Paris did. The story line is very well writen and the animation is as impressive as the one from Final Fantasy.
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Wal-Mart must have made a mistake on street date because I bought this on August 25th, oh well. I'm a big fan of CGI animation and this one delivers. I mean the textures of some of the characters are unreal it's like you can reach out and feel them. A very cool story and the voice talent was quite good. The only problem I found was some of the animation has slowdown almost like when playing a video game and there is too much going on on the screen. I highly reccomend it if you are a Sci-fi fan who likes animation.
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