It’s been a few days since I really sat down and watched a film, I’m getting back into my stride with a fanatically visual Renaissance (2006) an animated film that pushes the boundaries of what film can do. Heavily influenced by the Film Noir genre in tone and style we are in a futuristic Paris, a future that sees Paris age gracefully in the year 2054, referencing Blade Runner (1982) and Metropolis (1927), creating a landscape that unlike Avatar (2009) you want to return there. A dark world where the scientific organisations have more power than the police, who have to fight men who move around with invisibility cloaks.
No one is safe really. Especially when a research assistant Ilona Tasuiev (Romola Garai) at Avalon is kidnapped, Immediately her absence is reported, usually prompt to work, something is up when her Mentor Jonas Muller (Ian Holm) reports her missing. It’s up to Barthélémy Karas (Daniel Craig) who like many detectives in film has a dark history that haunts him even into this case.
What he founds out is far bigger than he was really looking for as we start to learn more about Ilona Tasuiev‘s world and those who are in it. Whilst her sister Bislane Tasuiev (Catherine McCormack) who just wants her little prodigy of an assistant back in her life.
At the heart of it is the future of humanity, how are lives can be extended by a years research many years ago. Something that is very much in the minds of the people of the future. Immortality is something that has been explored in sci-fi numerous times, here through failed research there is a glimmer of hope, if you could call it hope, to live forever could prove to be very boring, life should be something fragile to be cherished for what little time we have, not to be selfish and live forever.
What really stands out for me is the look of the film, in a world high contrast shadows, and motion capture figures the real of the actors and the grandeur of the design of the film, transforming a classic capital into futuristic metropolis with a uniquely French character.