One animation that has popped out of nowhere and
now looking to kick all our asses is Miramax's Renaissance.
After bowing to the international audience, the film that features absolutely
no gray area between the high-contract black and what is ready to show domestic
audiences what it is made of.
I have been stoked on Renaissance ever since the film's
first trailer. We have recently been alerted to two separate reviews for
the film to appear online and both are positive.
Plunging familiar film noir archetypes into a monochrome retro-future world,
French director Christian Volckman’s bleak and boldly experimental
animated feature mixes the paranoid technophobia of Phillip K Dick with
the hard-boiled melancholy of Raymond Chandler. Although superficially similar
to Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s ‘Sin City’, it
does not indulge in masturbatory, misogynist fantasies about sadistic men
and willing women. Au contraire: while seemingly driven forward by the tough-guy
hero’s quest, the film’s real engine is a pair of strong female
For this Anglicised version, the original French dialogue has been re-voiced
by some classy British thesps – Daniel Craig, Romola Garai, Catherine
McCormack, Ian Holm and Jonathan Pryce – all of whom lend texture
and weight to their well-drawn characters.
Focus Sin City, Philip K. Dick, Blade Runner,
right back to the film noir detective stories told as cinema was growing
up. All of them thrown into the melting pot to stoke the stylistic fire
of Renaissance, one of the year's most exciting sci-fi
Another film keen to combine key-frame animation with real life, Renaissance
does away with the live action elements of Sky Captain
or Mirrormask instead capturing actors digitally and placing
them in a monochrome world that's quite unlike anything we've seen on the
big screen. Even Robert Rodriguez found shades of grey in Sin City, but
here jet black and bright white are the only two colours in the spectrum.
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.
Check out the early reviews for Renaissance by clicking
on the bold links above.
Renaissance has a limited release on September