Kaena: The Prophecy (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.
Derivative and aimless filmmaking by directors and 'writers' who know only how to craft eye candy.
Simplistic writing and one-dimensional characters do in this animation film.
There are moments in Kaena that are absorbing, but too much of the time it simply becomes tedious.
Augurs well for dazzling visual work but struggles mightily on the storytelling front.
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One line summary: Relentlessly ugly and poor animation meets nearly opaque script. -------------------------- The picture starts near a village high on a huge vine called Axis. One resident is Kaena, a young adult woman who likes to adventure, while the rest of the village is bound to harvesting sap and offering it to the gods. For sassing the priest, she is exiled. She is captured by an unfamiliar group that is very interested in her because she has curiosity, and will venture beyond the village. Opaz and his people have reconstructed a star ship to return to their home planet. Kaena sees visions of a repository of knowledge of Opaz' people. After various machinations, the repository opens itself to Kaena, with conflict all around her. Will the disputes among the groups be resolved? ------Scores------- Art/Animation: 2/10 There is seriously too much negative space is the artwork for most of the scenes, rather like the more disgusting parts of the Alien series, or most of H. R. Giger's paintings or sculptures. It is mostly dark, dull, depressing, surreal, and hideous. Other parts of the film are overly bright and washed out. Neither of these habits is attractive or 'eye candy' as I have seen this monstrosity described so often. Here and there I see serious frame jumps, the kind one sees in a flip book. Sound: 2/10 Amazingly bad leveling. Keep your hand near the volume control. This detracted seriously from the voice acting. Acting: 4/10 Richard Harris and Keith David were fine; Kirsten Dunst was much better than I expected. The queen and so many others were just terrible. Screenplay: 3/10 Next to opaque. Exposition of motivations was a distant, never achieved goal.
The film was disjointed. I really wanted to like it, but it just felt flat.
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.
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