RENAISSANCE VAN D: Christian Volckman w/ Romola Garai, Jonathan Pryce. France/Luxembourg/UK. 105 min. Tuesday, September 12, 7 PM PARAMOUNT 2; Thursday, September 14, 12:45 PM PARAMOUNT 2 Rating: NNN Rating: NNNNN
French animated filmmakers have the same sort of science fiction/film noir obsessions as their American counterparts, which suggests that most of them never got over seeing Blade Runner when they were 12.
Renaissance is about a cop investigating the disappearance of a young genetic researcher in a futuristic Paris. It's got the black-and-white styling of Sin City, though Volckman's tastes are less lowbrow than Robert Rodriguez's, if no more mature.
A great deal of talent has been expended on this adolescent fantasy, and as the mainstream's use of digital technology expands exponentially, the animation camp's claims that they can do things regular movies can't has a lot less force.