Mechanised sex dolls slaughtering soldiers with their bare hands, a cyborg cop looking after his pet Basset Hound (also cybernetic) and lots of quotes from various philosophers. Does it all mix well? You decide.
INNOCENCE's stylish, gorgeous look kept me glued to the screen despite the deliberate pace and fractured, cryptic story.
Even during the well-thought-out action scenes there's not much sense of dynamism.
As a rule I dislike use of CGI in cinema. INNOCENCE uses 3D modelling to a striking effect, which couldn't have been achieved without the use of computer graphics. My favourite aspect of production design was the cars, which, when on screen, eclipsed the sullen protagonists.
A version of Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjues (a piece which Mario Bava used in LISA E IL DIAVOLO ) plays on the closing credits.
INNOCENCE is not a thrill ride, but a visual stunner and one of the most intelligent and ambitious animated films I've ever seen.