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3.0 out of 5 stars It Was Almost There..., March 24, 2012
This review is from: Vexille (Special Edition) (DVD)
This film is a completely stand alone film put together by the creators of "Appleseed". It had many good points...but it still felt like it missed the mark...

FOR PARENTS AND OTHER INTERESTED FOLKS:
There really isn't anything to be too worried about on this film. No nudity or other situations warranting that. There are some profanities that happen occasionally. And the violence is surprisingly tame (compared to what has been done with the "Appleseed" saga). The themes and plot are intricate, though. Still, if your kids are action aficionados, this is not the film for them...not even the right film to help expand their tastes beyond action.

MOVING ON:
Vexille is one of those niche films that will have a following...but it's still very niche. I can say, that the visuals are very good, but not as powerful or profound as "Appleseed Ex Machina" (a prior CGI film from the same creators). What do I mean from not as powerful and profound? Well, what I mean is that the CG was A GOOD RENDERING (and definitely still well within 2008 CG capability) but seemed to lack some life in it. I will say the cityscape was actually kinda cool, but...still the film was lacking the detailed vibrancy that we know the creators can put together. The music was pretty cool though. But that aside, the plot was actually pretty interesting and cool. Very intriguing dissertations on various different social issues. Also the story was not half bad at all. It had fun moments and was generally cohesive. What ultimately killed the film was weak acting and lack of strong dramatic pull. There were very few action sequences, but of what action there was, most of them weren't special...and this is coming from someone who doesn't care as much for action as some others do (in fact many of my favorite films lack it all together haha). But to be fair, 2 of them were kinda fun. Still, it had a genuinely inspiring ending even though the other parts of the film seemed to lack the potency that these creators have been known for.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
there are 115 minutes worth of extra features & a little booklet showcasing some of the screenshots as well as a "creator's interview". As far as the dvd extras themselves, there's too much to mention, but some highlights are "Sori's Work as an Animation Creator", "Voice Acting Footage - the Voice of VEXILLE", "Creating the Cities in VEXILLE", "Creating the Music in VEXILLE Parts 1 & 2", "Sori's Guest Lecture at Digital Hollywood Tokyo", and "Sori's Closing Comments". The film in general may not have impressed me much, but the special features are very intriguing and educational and worth a look.

ALL IN ALL:
This film was not as powerful as it was made out to be. It had such a great set-up, but didn't quite capitalize on it. Perhaps bad mis-advertising or something like that set it up for a fall. Still, it does address good social questions and I have no regrets for purchasing it. It's definitely not terrible, just a tad bit dry.
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