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RENAISSANCE is a breakthrough sci-fi thriller for a new millennium. Dare to enter a bold vision of the future in the tradition of BLADE RUNNER and SIN CITY - drenched with state-of-the art animation and a gripping story. It's 2054 Paris and the city lives in the shadow of corporate giant, Avalon, which sells the irresistible promise of "ageless beauty." The sudden kidnapping of a gifted young scientist draws a tough-as-nails cop into a twisted underworld of corporate espionage, genetic research and organized crime. Featuring the stellar voice talents of Daniel Craig (CASINO ROYALE), Jonathan Pryce (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN Trilogy) and Ian Holm (THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy).
- "The Making of Renaissance" featurette
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I was stunned, then, when I finally rented the DVD, to see how brilliant the visuals really are. Much was made (curiously) in the film's publicity about the way it was rendered in "pure black & white", when in fact, the filmmakers have used shades of grey (as well as an incredible level of precise detail) to give the images depth and to keep the viewer's eyes from getting fatigued. Take a look at the customer images on this movie's Amazon page for examples.
The result is one of the most visually sumptuous films I've ever seen. While the overall atmosphere is dark, there are enough "well-lit" scenes to provide variety. The design and execution of the visuals are among the most original and stimulating uses of computer animation I've ever seen. After watching it once as a rental, it was a no-brainer to buy a copy for myself for any time I need a little brainless eye-candy.
The story is a standard issue crime/sci-fi thriller, but this film is worth five stars just for its visual brilliance alone.
The plot kept up the pace, but only barely so. I found it too dark, lacking in depth, higher emotions, and sophistication. It was no match for Gattaca's (my token of sci-fi/cyberpunk perfection).
Though it is easy for some to concentrate on the deficiencies of the plot, it provides an adequate backdrop for the visuals. The visuals carry emotional meaning and in some ways compensate for the deficiencies of the plot. Renaissance definitely broke new, exciting ground visually, and for that it is exceedingly noteworthy.
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Animation of this type story ought to be banded.
Animation is for kid shows.
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