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Awesome visuals battle a sluggish script in this computer-generated Japanese anime. The 2-D characters are delicately drawn and anatomically precise, and the cel-shaded animation, which involves constructing a 3-D model for the character, beautifully mimics the interplay of light and shadow. Equally impressive is the smooth integration of drawn characters and digitally photographed backgrounds. Unfortunately all this craft serves a familiar space opera about a freedom fighter who arrives on a planet uneasily shared by humans and cybernetic clones. The stock characters and leaden stretches of expository dialogue are welcome evidence that there's still no computer program capable of telling a decent story. Shinji Aramaki directed. Dubbed in English. R, 103 min.

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