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The Independent Culture

Pixar may reign supreme, but if it's in need of competition it might just cast an eye over the French team, led by Christian Volckman, that put together this amazing-looking graphic thriller. Based on the motion-capture technique, which accurately mimics an actor's movements and then projects them into animated 3D, this is also notable for being composed in a high-contrast black and white that makes the setting - a Paris of floating steel and glass, c2054 - look spectacular.

Less impressive is the script, a sliver of sci-fi fustian about biogenic experiments that filches from Minority Report and other ideas of Philip K Dick. All the same, the producers persuaded a good cast (Daniel Craig, Catherine McCormack, Ian Holm, Jonathan Pryce) to do the voice work.