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Kaena - The Prophecy (Kaena: La prophétie) (2004)

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7

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 28

Though Kaena: The Prophecy is visually inventive, its story is incoherent, derivative, and dull.

8

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 12

Though Kaena: The Prophecy is visually inventive, its story is incoherent, derivative, and dull.

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 5,635

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Billed as the first European 3-D CGI feature-length film, Kaena: The Prophecy revolves around a mammoth tree that rises 100 miles from the planet's surface and provides shelter and sustenance for a variety of different races and species. Referred to as Axis, the tree has been losing its sap at a rate alarming enough to threaten the well-being of some of its inhabitants. Determined to get to the root of the disappearing sap is Kaena (Kirsten Dunst), a rambunctious teenager who leaves her village

Sep 7, 2004

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The monsters are derivative, the attempts at humor are mostly feeble and the story, in the end, lacks a certain je ne sais quoi.

August 6, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Derivative and aimless filmmaking by directors and 'writers' who know only how to craft eye candy.

August 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Simplistic writing and one-dimensional characters do in this animation film.

July 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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There are moments in Kaena that are absorbing, but too much of the time it simply becomes tedious.

July 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Augurs well for dazzling visual work but struggles mightily on the storytelling front.

July 8, 2004
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If Kaena's alternate universe isn't nearly as fully realized as Fantastic Planet's, the 3-D imagery is often gloriously turbocharged.

July 8, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A pretty terrible movie with a nonsensical plot...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Has a more genuine SF premise behind it than most of today's so-called sci-fi offerings . . .

December 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

send your 15 year old to see it first and then prepare you for it

September 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

An animated film without a hint of anima.

September 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

E-Mail This Article to a Friend KAENA: THE PROPHECY Words of wisdom: "You don't need wings to be free! There's another world with a blue sun and so much sap you can swim in it!" Maybe it sounds better in the French version.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The animation in Kaena is so ham-fisted that it distracts even from the fairly tedious story.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The images are opulent but the story's an incoherent bore.

July 25, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

My prophecy is: Kaena will play better on an X-box than at the theatres.

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

While the animation is awesome, the storyline is out-of-this-world confusing.

July 9, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

With George Lucas' lawyers eager to justify undoubtedly Jabba-sized retainers, writer-director Delaporte may want to start the tie selection now for his court appearance.

June 29, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

Its target audience will more likely watch this on DVD than in theaters...[but] only the desperate will find Kaena entertaining.

June 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The ending makes little sense, the characters are badly sketched out, and we can't really figure out what the hell is going on.

June 26, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

Audience Reviews for Kaena - The Prophecy (Kaena: La prophétie)

I found this a better-than-average science-fiction cartoon. Kaena figures out why her world is dying. You need to watch this movie twice to figure out which race is which, and how they are all intertwined.
September 22, 2007
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Titan A.E meets Final Fantasy. While the characters and their gestures and facial features aren't always convincing, the backgrounds and ideas for the world this computer animated movie takes place in are really breathtaking at times. Unfortunately the story isn't very original either. But not bad.
September 11, 2006
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The film was disjointed. I really wanted to like it, but it just felt flat.
April 8, 2010
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