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] Wow! A cop movie set in the future! That's never
been done before!
OK, so I'm being a little sarcastic. This is an "animated" film set in Paris in the year 2054. The story is about Inspector Barthelemy Karas' relentless investigation into the disappearance of an important and mysterious cosmetics scientist. (Jeepers!)
Though set in France, the version that I watched must have been watching the English translation of the film, because the actors kept using consonants. Also, there is a bit more noir
in the visuals of this detective story than you would normally see in a live action cop movie, French or otherwise.
I am not a fan of rotoscoping,
and that is really what this film is - expensive, computer generated Ralph Bakshi-esque
rotoscoping. (You can read about how the film was made on Wikipedia.
Now that I have made my self-imposed rant against all things rotoscoped and not properly animated, I must say that I really enjoyed this film. The art direction was extra dark and creepy, and the starkness of the images made the visuals very strong.
Every cop movie cliché in the book was employed throughout the film, but I didn't mind at all. The story was supposed to be like a comic book, and it was indeed very much like a comic book - deliciously like a comic book.
I especially liked the invisible corporate ninja guys, and the blatent usage of the standard science fiction film cliché a beatiful female scientist (and her beatiful sister) caught in a mysterious web of intrigue while wearing go go boots.
Some parts of the plot were kind of muddy, but the characters were interesting and the ending tied up the story nicely. I liked it!