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KAENA - THE PROPHECY MOVIE
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The film starts with one of the most arresting and unusual reveals I've seen in film. Flying through an immense fortress of a ship in space, it mysteriously explodes around us ultimately wrecking onto an unknown planet. The action continues, 600 years later. A village of primitive humans is in the jungle, collecting an offering for their gods. Kaena, a rebellious young woman is clearly above her primitive people, and instead proceeds to explore her jungle-above-the-clouds, traipsing through trees and sketching bizarre creatures. If you have ever read Larry Niven's -Integral Treas- or -The Smoke Ring-, then Kaena's world, Axis, will seem pretty familiar to you. She later finds herself in trouble, running from the power-hungry village priest and cast out into the jungle. The "gods'" minions are also in pursuit of her. Eventually, she comes to meet the sole survivor of that ill-fated ship, and they embark on an adventure to obtain an important relic of his people, which also holds the fate of Kaena's and of the (apparently evil) Selenites - those the villagers worship as gods.
Is the plot a little "done"? Perhaps. But, there's a reason certain storylines return - they work. It is well-executed and the story is internally consistent. There are a few technical flaws in the CG rendering. But the visuals and the world are truly beautiful. Some is left unexplained - the different creatures, the Selenites, etc. Other reviewers have criticized this. On the contrary - this mystery shows a depth of universe and a story broader than a single 90 minute feature. Those reviewers have been weaned on easy American film that does all the thinking and imagining for you.
Go and grab this off that bottom shelf in Blockbuster on your next visit. You'll enjoy it!
1) Kaena -is- admittedly rendered by someone who doesn't get out enough.
2) The Amazon review is factually off on a number of points. Google it for a better description.
3) This should not be PG13. I have kids of my own - this should be PG.
Focusing on a scientific plot, the world of Axis is the center for the story. Following the main character Kaena, the story envelops the themes of false truths, standing for what you believe in, and enveloping a free future. Obviously being used many times before, I thought this would be another modern repeat of eastern world views. I was actually very surprised by the story.
Featuring the voices of Kirsten Dunst (Kaena), Keith David (Sap People), Richard Harris (Opaz), and Angelica Huston (The Queen), the voice emsamble delivers it very nicely. The emotions were definitley apparent but I could not help but think the voice acting of Kirsten Dunst was forced. There were times where it seemed she struggled to present Kaena's character and keep her voice in check.
Out of all the ensamble, Keith David's voice stands above all. Being a veteren voice actor from such cartoon series as Gargoyles, Keith David's exquisite voice brings the enemies to life in a fashion hard to master. You cannot help but hate the creatures presented in the movie because his voice acting is so good.
The animation of this movie was absolutley astonishing. It is of no question that a lot of work and time went into making this movie. Someone's heart and soul went into itty bitty details and it works. Graphically, I give it a standing ovation.
All in all, I would recommend this title to DVD/anime collectors. It is a nice addition and it does play the part for occassional viewings. If a sequel does show itself, I will buy it. "Kaena: The Prophecy" delivers a nice popcorn movie feel while somehow leaving you wanting more.
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