In this animated sci-fi thriller set in Paris in the year 2054, a megacorporation known as Avalon dominates the landscape of contemporary life, selling eternal youth and beauty to a citizenry that's all too willing to consume. When a promising young Avalon scientist is kidnapped, the company hires top detective Barthélémy Karas (voiced by Daniel Craig) to find her. But as he investigates, Karas discovers a dwindling trail of witnesses.
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- Christian Volckman
RSome violent images, sexuality, nudity and language
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
French, Spanish (Neutral), EnglishClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access; making-of featurette.
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this mature motion-capture animated film features dark, typically film-noirish themes: identity theft, DNA manipulation, murder, kidnapping, betrayal, and depression. There's lots of violence, rendered in harshly black-and-white, high-contrast animation (guns, knives, car chases/collisions, an explicitly and upsettingly dead dog). The first violent scene involves a young kidnap victim, who endures shooting all around him before being saved. The plot involves genetic research on humans, including photos of sad-looking subjects. A sexual encounter is implied by kissing; it's followed by a scene in which the couple smoke cigarettes. A gangster appears in a pool with naked women (breasts are visible). Characters smoke cigarettes, drink liquor, and use foul language.
- Sexual Content
- Animated women wear tight clothes; a bar/party scene shows sensual dancing; a sex scene is insinuated by kissing, dark shadows, and post-coital cigarettes; a gangster appears in a pool with naked women whose breasts are visible; villain lists his sexual partners (wife, secretary, etc.).
- Frequent animated violence features guns and fistfights; the hero shoots a young boy's kidnappers (the boy is instructed to close his eyes before the mayhem); a dog falls from a car, dead; a woman is knocked out and kidnapped; a man is attacked by thugs and left hanging from the ceiling (the body is visible from various angles); several body bags are zipped ominously; a scientist works on bodies in a morgue; the hero knocks his informant against a wall; a reference to parents killed in "the war" chase scenes involving guns; kidnapper approaches woman with a large knife; woman tries to strangle kidnapper; character is shot in the back.
- A few "f--k"s, a "damn," several uses of "s--t" (in French, with subtitles).
- Social Behavior
- Film-noirish attitudes and betrayals; cops and villains collude as much as they contest one another; corporation wants to sell "eternal life."
- Coca-Cola Light is advertised on a billboard; "long life" is advertised throughout the film by animated, talking billboards.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Characters smoke cigarettes; scenes in a bar show drinking.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it