Film Noir Reviews
Waking up in the Hollywood hills without a clue as to his identity, our protaganist finds himself with a dead police officer lying next to him and the murder weapon fitting his holster perfectly. He determines that it must be himself that's the murderer. But he has no idea of who he is or why he's killed. He sets out to unravel the mystery of his identity while crooks and dames try to thwart his investigation at every turn.
For me, one of the major attractions to this film was the animation but unfortunately that was also the biggest disappointment. It's nothing special by today's standards, and bordered on amature at times. The splashes of colour throughout were a nice touch though, in a mainly monochromatic style. What really raises this above the standard is it's perfect attention to the atmosphere of a noir, with excellent use of downbeat voiceover and sleazy saxaphone and trumpet jazz soundtrack. It doesn't quite manage to hold your attention throughout though, partly down to the substandard artwork and the fact that it goes way over a reasonable running time, meandering towards it's conclusion. Comparisons with Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City" will no doubt be made, as this is the best example of what to expect from this unexpected genre addition.
The opening is so strong that the rest of the film suffers because of it. However, if you're a fan of the film noir genre you'll find plenty to enjoy, but it somehow left me feeling that this was a missed opportunity for something really special.
This garbage is a rare mix of the elements of a classic film noir with the badass attitude of Sin City (2005). The premise and even the trailer may look fabulous, but this Serbian coproduction disguises a huge amount of lack of talent with forced excuses for showing sexual content and mindless action and violence. The plot is lame and pretty close to the most basic and retarded you could ever find. It even stops caring before you do. The animation brought mixed feelings. It felt cool, but all of the characters have videogame faces and the film itself looks like a cheap videogame adaptation, even adding real-life backgrounds instead of animated. Good fun, but completely disappointing mainly because it provides more hype and expectations than the ones it really deserves.
encuentras todo lo que esperas, con todo y el final y sus torzones de la tramaa! solo cuidado que es graficaa y contiene escenas de sexo digital
this movie got the classic ingredients for a classic film noir or more the all known cliches.
the villian is known the first time he enters the scene and the so called hero has enough time to fuck every woman he met and except the last one every one gets killed.
a enjoyable movie for every twelve year old boy.
Towards the end the plot rather gets flat and sucks and also the 3D characters are copied into real video recordings too obviously.
Through the visual style, the music and parts of the story it seems to be quite similar to XIII - with more sex...
I must admit I found the film quite fascinating, both in visual style (There are numerous photo realistic L.A backdrops with animation placed over the top) and in storytelling. The ending was a little, but not entirely predictable, however this didn't affect how much fun it was to follow the characters in their pursuits.
Film Noir is an excellent example of global movie-making craftsmanship, with its American writing, French distribution and Serbian animation crew. I am not sure when or if the film will be released on DVD, but I would certainly recommend seeking it out if you find it.