Renaissance (2006)



Critic Consensus: Renaissance attempts to blend sci-fi wonder with stark noir animation, but is often more fun to look at than to watch.

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Set in the year 2054, a policeman investigates the kidnapping of a young scientist through the jungles that are the militia-governed districts of Paris.
R (for some violent images, sexuality, nudity and language)
Action & Adventure , Animation , Musical & Performing Arts , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Daniel Craig
as Barthélémy Karas
Patrick Floersheim
as Barthélémy Karas [French]
Catherine McCormack
as Bislane Tasuiev
Laura Blanc
as Bislane Tasuiev [French]
Ian Holm
as Jonas Muller
Virgine Mery
as Ilona Tasuiev [French]
Jonathan Pryce
as Paul Dellenbach
Gabriel Ledoze
as Paul Dellenbach [French]
Marc Cassot
as Jonas Muller [French]
Romola Garai
as Ilona Tasuiev
Kevork Malikyan
as Nusrat Farfella
Rick Warden
as Pierre Amiel
Bruno Choel
as Pierre
Marc Alfos
as Nusrat
Pax Baldwin
as Nusrat Farfella
Nina Sosanya
as Reparaz
Sean Pertwee
as Montoya
Wayne Forrester
as Administrator
Sean Barrett
as Naghib
Leslie Woodhall
as Elderly Man
Robert Dauney
as Barthélémy Karas (Mocap)
Crystal Shepherd-Cross
as Bislane Tasuiev (Mocap)
Ilona Tasuiev
as Van Waess, Isabelle (Mocap)
Max Hayter
as Paul Dellenbach (Mocap)
Marco Lorenzi
as Dr. Jonas Muller (Mocap)
Jerome Causse
as Pierre Amiel (Mocap)
Clémentine Baert
as Nurses (Mocap)
Chris Bearne
as Parisian (Mocap)
David Benito
as Naghib (Mocap)
Tsuyu Bridwell
as Raparaz (Mocap)
Alexandre Degli Esposito
as Young Farfella (Mocap)
Boutros El Amari
as Goran (Mocap)
Marcia Fantin
as Parisian (Mocap)
Logan Feierbach
as Théo (Mocap)
Raphaël Fuchs-Willis
as Claus Muller (Mocap)
Paul Jenkins
as Security Force (Mocap)
Radica Jovovich
as Woman Hostage (Mocap)
Christian Kmiotek
as Vord Lover (Mocap)
Sophie Knight
as Farfella's Woman (Mocap)
Anouk Lenorman
as Little Girl With Balloon (Mocap)
Salomé Lenorman
as Little Girl (Mocap)
Kumar Motiani
as Farfella's Security Force (Mocap)
Julian Nest
as Parisian (Mocap)
Daniel Plier
as Montoya (Mocap)
Tim Probyn
as Policeman (Mocap)
Vladimir Radovic
as Nightclubber (Mocap)
Jessica Reavis
as Avalon's Hostess (Mocap)
Arnita Swanson
as Nora (Mocap)
Neil Underwood
as Homeless Man (Mocap)
Chas Warlow
as Woeller (Mocap)
Robert Watson Barr
as Dr. Nakata (Mocap)
Linda Woodhall
as Elderly Woman (Mocap)
Jean-François Wolff
as Nusrat Farfella (Mocap)
Isabelle Van Waes
as Ilona Tasuiev (Mocap)
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Critic Reviews for Renaissance

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (21)

It's a testament to the production design that one quickly gets caught up in the story without ever completely losing the "ooh-ahh" factor. Ominous, wall-to-wall music bolsters the appropriately uneasy mood, and the bittersweet conclusion is satisfying.

Full Review… | July 21, 2008
Top Critic

For its retro-futurist look alone, this outdated thriller set in 2054 Paris is worth seeing.

Full Review… | November 3, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Its dark images echo in the mind's eye. And for that alone, it's worth seeing.

Full Review… | October 12, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

An empty experience; lots of shadow and noise, adding up to very little.

Full Review… | October 6, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's unfortunate that it's all in the service of a story as dull as it is complicated, though if you can make it to the end without drifting off, there is a small reward.

October 6, 2006
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

The sophistication of Renaissance is all in its ultracool appearance, with little of interest beneath its glittering surface.

October 5, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Renaissance


Beautiful, stark images and a wondrous score do a lot to sell this French made sci-fi/detective hybrid (ala Blade Runner) that's unfortunately undercut by a script that's too standard film noir. The medium is stunning ... if only they'd concentrated a bit more on the story ...

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


An interesting script but the high contrast black & white animation is distracting and tiresome. Slightly above average graphic novel-ish sci-fi crime noir.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


A graphic novel in movie form that works really quite well in providing a cool, dark, film noir atmosphere. It helps having the new James Bond to provide the lead voice too. The sci-fi story is a fairly good one and quite appropriate to the style of the movie. However, the plot can drag a bit at times.

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

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