Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Christian Volckman
Daniel Craig plays Karas, the tough-guy investigator assigned to the case. His work takes him into the city's least savoury locations, and into firefights on a regular basis. He's stalked by men wearing hi-tech cloaking devices. It's a fairly standard story of corporate greed, radical and dangerous scientific breakthrough, and human weakness and corruption. There aren't many surprises here, though there is a high body count.
During his inquiries Karas meets Ilona's sister, Bislane (Catherine McCormack). She's desperate to find her little sister and get her to safety, and determined to do things her way. Karas doesn't know whether or not he can trust her to help in his search. In the tradition of noir, almost everyone he meets has something to hide or some kind of ulterior motive.
In spite of the future setting, Renaissance may as well have been told in the present day because the way it's animated doesn't take any advantage of this science fiction backdrop. The monochrome tends to strip away a lot of the detail, and with that we lose any sense of wonder that the creators might have realised. What's left is the story, which is a so-so affair. The tone is as serious and dark as the visuals, the dialogue flat and humourless. Although there's plenty of action it doesn't make the characters any more likeable, so unfortunately it's not a very moving experience.
If you like this, try:A Scanner Darkly by Richard Linklater
This adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel depicts a man struggling with madness, paranoia and addiction in a near-future dystopia.