Appleseed Ex Machina (Single-Disc Edition)
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Following the highly successful anime feature "Appleseed," heroine Deunan and her lover/partner Briareos -- who was forced to become a cyborg after sustaining injuries as a soldier in World War III -- continue their struggle to maintain peace in the utopian city-nation of Olympus. However, the arrival of a new "bioroid," Tereus, causes some tension between the two, since Tereus was created using Briareos' DNA and inherited some of Briareos' personality, including his affection for Deunan. But Duenan must overcome this distraction and focus on defending Olympus from attacks by cyborg terrorists if she wants any chance of saving mankind from having to live under tyrannical cyborg rule. Produced by John Woo "Hard-Boiled," "Mission Impossible 2") and directed by anime master Shinji Aramaki ("Appleseed," "Bubblegum Crisis").]]>
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The story is an upgrade from the first movie, although the main antagonist borrows heavily from classic Star Trek villain, the Borg. There's even a Borg like cube of sorts that serves as it's foundation. The subplot consists of a triangle between Deunan, Briareos (the main protagonists from the first movie) and Tereus, a biroid created mostly from Briareos's DNA who becomes Deunan's new partner after her lover falls in battle.
If I were to make a criticism I'd say that the main antagonist was revealed a tad too late, making the final resolution a little anti-climactic. At a runtime of about an hour and 40 minutes I felt like another 20 minutes would have been justified. When it was over, I couldn't quite believe it at first. Also, and this may be a good thing, events from the first movie go almost completely without mention. This means that you won't have to have seen the first one to appreciate this, but at the same time there is a lack of continuity for those that did.
All in all though, it's a good film and worth a watch.
Fast forward to today and we have the sequel, Ex Machina. It's pretty simple to separate what works and doesn't in Machina:
The level of detail in the graphics has improved dramatically, and characters look less like geometric objects with textures painted on and more like genuine people. The cityscapes are even more impressive. Furthermore, the action is more frequent and looks even slicker.
My two gripes with the visuals are these: First, in what is all too common in action movies like this, the best scene is the first one. Hands down. I don't understand why so many directors feel the need to frontload their movies. I will say that the movie is less guilty of this than its predecessor. Second, movement outside of action scenes still looks a bit jerky. Some might fault mo-cap technology, but for my money, Final Fantasy: Advent Children boasted some mighty believable movement.
Here's where Ex Machina falls apart. The story here isn't anything you haven't seen executed better in anime/other entertainment. Compared to the plot of the first movie- which created a unique sci-fi framework, this one felt like a filler episode. The villain was cliche, the story far less complex/meaningful than the first, and any intrigue or mystery the story might yet have held was ruined by the horrible writing.Read more ›
The year is 2133, civilization is recovering from the global war that almost devastated the world. Utopian cities are on the rise, technological advancements are dominating the world and humans have a fresh new attitude to match their new surroundings. Cyborgs are very common, machine parts are used to replace severed limbs and body parts. Bioroids are being cloned from humans to use as soldiers that lack human emotion and violent tendencies that often get humanity in trouble. Quoted as " incapable of hate and anger, will only fight and kill when absolutely necessary..." or are they? The passive bioroids are intended to keep order so that the world can maintain the peace without the hostile influences of hatred and rage.
Special forces specialist Deunan and Briareos are partners from the days that Briareos was human. Briareos is a special case, since he is the only human being who managed to survive being 100% cyborg without going insane. When Briareos was injured (or damaged), he becomes replaced by Tereus, a bioroid cloned from his human DNA.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it! Anything about Appleseed revolving around Deunan Knute & Briareos is amazing!Published 17 days ago by John D. Yandle Jr.
Great plot great graphics and great lead into other stories for out Appleseed heroes, I just want more. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anne Clarkson
A lot of action with great special affects. I hope the series and team continues.Published 5 months ago by CJ
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|Help me find an anime movie i seen in the 90s||
My guess would be Project A-ko movie 3. B-ko's Dad equips his Daughter's combat suit, and it was made for his daughter it looks rather like women's underwear and I think he may have even been wearing some underneath it. Before he revealed that he was wearing her suit he had on the classic Elvis... Read More
Aug 24, 2008 by B.Z. Kaliaila | See all 2 posts
|Curious if the 2-disc spec. edition comes with a liner booklet||
I picked up the ExMachina and mine didn't have one either... so perhaps that is the answer?
Probably not likely that they forgot two... maybe it is unlikely.. hehe
At any rate you're not alone I noticed the same thing you did when I compared the first one with the new one.
Mar 29, 2008 by Jay F. Grissom | See all 2 posts
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Yes it does. But you might want to check out the review on the picture quality before you purchase it.
Mar 10, 2008 by Watcher | See all 3 posts
|Anime is Dead||
So, you think it's cool that they made movies when they were younger (which is totally true), but you don't think it's cool that they became more successful as they aged? Their art is making beautiful visuals from nothing, so why wouldn't they want to work on some stunning action sequences from... Read More
May 8, 2009 by Robert N. Bowen | See all 2 posts
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