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Renaissance (2006)

Renaissance

Overview


Genre

Animation, Action, Drama

Release Date

September 22, 2006 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

105 min.

Studio

Miramax Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Christian Volckman

Producer

Aton Soumache, Alexis Vonarb

Screenwriter

Alexandre de La Patelliere, Mathieu Delaporte, Jean-Bernard Pouy, Patrick Raynal

Starring

  • Daniel Craig as Barthelemy Karas (voice)
  • Jonathan Pryce
  • Romola Garai as Ilona Tasuiev (voice)
  • Ian Holm
  • Catherine McCormack
  • Rick Warden

Story


In 2054, Paris is a labyrinth where all movement is monitored and recorded. Cut off from the world for its own protection, the city has nonetheless continued to expand. Now, 21st century skyscrapers overlay centuries-old architectural masterpieces. And below street level, a sophisticated network of streamlined plazas push up against the city's ancient, deteriorating tunnel systems. Casting a shadow over everything is the city's largest company, Avalon, which insinuates itself into every aspect of contemporary life to sell its primary export - eternal youth and beauty.

When 22-year-old Ilona (Romola Garai), one of Avalon's most promising scientists, is abruptly kidnapped, Avaloncalls on Barthélémy Karas (Daniel Craig), a Paris cop with a hard-fought reputation for finding anyone, no matterwhat sacrifices he has to make along the way. As the trail gets hot, Karas senses he's not the only one looking for thebeautiful enigma, and every witness he digs up seems to turn up dead.

To find Ilona and unlock the secrets of her disappearance, Karas must plunge deep into the parallel worlds of corporate espionage, organized crime and genetic research – where the truth imprisons whoever finds it first and miracles can be bought but at a great price.

"Renaissance" is a bold never-before-seen vision of a stark near future drenched in hidden secrets and technological frontiers. Directed by Christian Volckman, Renaissance takes film noir to its most stylized edge, utilizing live actionmotion capture, animated in 3D and rendered in high contrast black and white to create a graphic novel come-to-life.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..Breathtaking visuals aside, Renaissance never fully engages..”
by Tim Knight [Reel]
“..tragically dull..”
by Robert Wilonsky [Village Voice]
“..worth going a few extra miles to seek out..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]