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Renaissance Reviewed

Published August 15, 2006 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Miramax.
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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.

Renaissance Reviews


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.


Time Out

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 characters...

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.



Film 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 stories.

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 22nd.

For the trailers and more movie info, go to the Renaissance Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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