2006-03-30 12:36

Axis, the "tree world's" life is in danger. Its sap has almost all run out and its people's efforts to implore their gods for mercy are in vain. Kaena, a young girl with the heart of a rebel, will defy her tribe's taboos and the Grand-priest's supreme authority. Kaena has strange visions and she is convinced that Axis is calling her for help.

And so begins her dangerous journey to Axis's deepest roots. She is helped by a mysterious creature from another world. The frightening truth that Kaena will discover at the end of her quest will profoundly change her forever.

What the critics are saying:

"Feeling for all the world like an extended video game made by teenage boys with no girlfriends and a lot of free time, this sci-fi fantasy doesn't exactly make sense, but it sure looks cool."
- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

"While it occasionally lands upon moments of near brilliance, combining its decidedly environmentalist bent with a standard-fare hero story, too often does the film feel like a collection of ideas that never quite graft together into a cohesive whole."
- Todd Gilchrist, Sci-Fi Weekly

"...this French animated feature was hatched as an idea for a video game, and it shows: with its hasty computer rendering and thin stew of New Age mysticism, Judeo-Christian messianism, and Dungeons and Dragons geekism, Kaena is better suited to a smaller, more forgiving aspect ratio."
- Mark Holcomb, Village Voice

A voluptuously animated sci-fi adventure that is too thin on plot and character to hold the audience's attention for its entire length.

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