Archon Defender follows the path of a young woman, Colette, as she seeks her way through adversity to redemption, as the world she once knew is torn apart by war and tyranny. The Empress ...
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Archon Defender follows the path of a young woman, Colette, as she seeks her way through adversity to redemption, as the world she once knew is torn apart by war and tyranny. The Empress Lucia has risen to power in Echelon, and is systematically persecuting the Shard Sensitive, and all who opposes her power. Orphaned while fleeing from Lucia's Regime, Colette seeks refuge in the nation of Archon. Having Awakened to the Shard, her abilities become fully manifest under the guidance of the Archon Council. Joining the Archon Defense Wing, she must confront her own feelings of isolation and despair, to stand against Lucia. Written by
David T. Krupicz
I was fortunate enough to see the premier screening of this film in Toronto, and if I had to sum it up in one word, it would be WOW.
There are many ways an independent feature film can go wrong, and David Krupicz has single-handedly skirted them all. The coherent and well-delivered story line set in another world walks a fine line, never delving too far into an explanation of the universe in which the story takes place, while implicitly conveying an understanding of that universes technology, spirituality and culture through beautifully drawn images and plot relevant dialogue.
Initially, the Anime inspired broken time line left me concerned, about 20 minutes into the film I began to worry the story line was not going to come together. My fears were unfounded, unlike so many other works of "amature" fiction, this story came together in a big way. The intense detail and visual quality of the artwork was unrelenting, and the climax came together in a scene that was neither boringly predictable nor over-the-top inexplicable.
There is much more to be said, particularly with regards to the excellent musical score and the unique animation style, but this review has already grown too long. See this film for yourself, you will not be disappointed!
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