I love it when studios have the balls to create an animation that is made for the adult moviegoer. Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly is one such example. An even better example, however, is the animated film Renaissance. After the film kicked ass at various film conventions it is now on its way to the states. And guess what? It looks like it should kick our ass as well?
Renaissance Trailers and Synopsis
Violence, crime, science fiction, death and darkness all in a single animation? Sounds almost too good to be true. After watching the trailers for Renaissance, however, this is definitely the real deal.
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 matter what sacrifices he has to make along the way. As the trail gets hot, Karas senses he's not the only one looking for the beautiful 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 action-motion capture, animated in 3D and rendered in high contrast black and white to create a graphic novel come-to-life.
It sounds like a lot I know, but check out both trailers and prepare to have to pull your jaw up off the floor.
Renaissance has a limited release on September 22nd.
For the trailers and more movie info, go to the Renaissance Movie Page.
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