is a 2006 French CGI animated
science-fiction film featuring the voices of Daniel Craig
, Ian Holm, Jonathan Pryce, and Catherine McCormack. Set in Paris in 2054, it follows inspector Barthelmey Karas
(Craig) as he investigates the kidnapping of a brilliant young researcher named Ilona from the resident Mega Corp.
While the plot is relatively by-the-numbers, what makes this film stand out are the visuals. With one or two momentary exceptions
, the entire film is animated in pure black and pure white, which makes for some seriously stunning sequences.
This film provides examples of:
- All-CGI Cartoon: As noted above, the film is all CGI but lit almost entirely in black and white.
- Bittersweet Ending: Ilona, Muller, and possibly Karas are dead, and Dellenbach gets away with murder as well as kidnapping and torturing a cop, but Karas has kept the secret of immortality out of their hands.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Dellenbach, the CEO of Avalon.
- Cowboy Cop: Karas hits all the usual beats for this trope.
- Da Chief: An unnamed woman who only appears for one scene.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Karas used to be in a gang along with Farfalla, and at one point, the two of them ended up captured by a rival group. Karas helped Farfalla escape, but didn't manage to make it out himself. What followed was evidently quite traumatic and put Karas on the path to becoming a cop.
- Fatal Family Photo: Karas tells one of his buddies to "go home to your wife and son," and the man gets kidnapped by an Avalon agent within about thirty seconds.
- The Future Is Noir: This film is Noir design taken Up to Eleven.
- Gas Mask Mooks: Avalon's private security.
- Grey and Grey Morality: The only black-and-white thing in this movie is the art style.
- Immortality Begins at Twenty: Played with. While Klaus is permanently stuck in the body he had when he became immortal, he had progeria, which means he's trapped in the body of a boy with the body of an eighty-year-old man.
- Immortality Immorality: The movie offers a combination of "It's inherently wrong" and "Even if it was a good idea, letting Avalon control it is a guaranteed nightmare."
- I Owe You My Life: Farfalla owes his to Karas.
- Karma Houdini: Dellenbach gets off scott-free for ordering multiple murders and kidnapping and torturing a police officer.
- Mega Corp.: Avalon is a downplayed example.
- Shoot the Dog: At the end of the film, Karas kills Ilona in order to keep the secret of immortality out of Avalon's hands.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The movie is about trying to rescue someone, and ends with the murder of that same someone by the rescuer.
- Splash of Color: Klaus's crayon drawings are shown in full, vibrant color.
- Suicide by Cop: Dr. Muller goes out this way.
- Turn in Your Badge: After Karas implies that Da Chief is on the take from Avalon.
- Wham Line: "You understand nothing. She's the danger!"