As a feature for cutting-edge animation this film is a great success. I often gaped at the amazing visual textures and dazzling color mixed with inventive sci-fi scenery. However, the film is extremely cold with regards to emotional connection with the characters. While the creatures and ships and battle-gear were all pristinely drawn, the expressions and walk of the human characters are stiff and mostly emotionless. This makes for more of a cerebral experience along the lines of hard sci-fi rather than sci-fi fantasy. The overall feel of the film is icy and soulless, but the animation is truly exceptional. What saves this film from being completely frozen is one of the most underrated scores of the year composed by Elliot Goldenthal. I own the CD to the soundtrack and I often play it while reading something creepy. It enhances the movie with subtlety and provides much-needed lift to many of the otherwise spiritless sequences. The song "The Dream Within" sung by Lara Fabian was also written by Elliot Goldenthal and is remarkable, especially with Lara Fabian's glorious voice soaring over the music. But the real star of this film is the animation, which is certainly extraordinary. There were many moments during the film that I forgot it was animated, the human characters look so life-like. In summation: superb animation with a cerebral sci-fi yarn, but ultimately hollow and cold.