Monday, August 29, 2005

Kaena: The Prophecy

Kaena: The Prophecy
Finally saw Kaena: The Prophecy -- and it was a superb movie. It is a French produced, SciFi, CGI-animated movie, that uses classic themes to deliver a nice adventure story. The visuals are spectacular -- graphically rich, with constant, fluid motion -- it's a feast for the eyes, and can probably only be appreciated on a large screen. The imagery is so intense, that it will bear watching multiple times -- even without sound.

The plot: Kaena is a young girl living with a tribe of humans on the Axis -- a world above the world -- a world that is a huge entanglement of vines, supporting an entire ecosystem. The human tribe harvests sap from the vines for offerings to its gods -- gods that hide a terrible secret and will kill to keep it so. Things are not well with Kaena's world -- the vines are drying up, and there are constant quakes. Where are the gods that the people, led by their priest, pray to? Kaena doesn't believe the gods care about her people. She keeps dreaming of a blue world, beyond the Axis, that waits for her. The dreams lead her to escape from her village in search of the blue world. Along the way she will meet the last of an alien race that crashed into the Axis over a hundred years ago. She will meet worms that are far more intelligent and advanced than anything from the village she came from. She will find her destiny -- given charge of vast knowledge, the future of her people and the Axis.

A truly marvelous film, with a great story that will keep you watching. Definitely worth the rental.
Kaena: The Prophecy

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