Appleseed: Ex Machina aka Ekusu makina (2007, Science Fiction Mecha CG Anime) – 6/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Producer: John Woo
Writer (Original Comic Book): Masamune Shirow
Producer: Terence Chang
Producer: Hidenori Ueki
Producer: Naoko Watanabe
Producer: Joseph Chou
Writer (Screenplay): Kiyoto Takeuchi
Producer CG: Yusaku Toyoshima
Director CG: Yasuhiro Ohtsuka
Director CG: Yasushi Kawamura
Director: Shinji Aramaki
Luci Christian: English: Deunan
David Matranga: English: Briareos
Illich Guardiola: English: Tereus
Ai Kobayashi: Japanese: Deunan
Koichi Yamadera: Japanese: Briareos
Yuuji Kishi: Japanese: Tereus
Toyoe Sekita: Motion Capture: Deunan
Moki Ogawa: Motion Capture: Briareos
Yoshiyuki Kamata: Motion Capture: Tereus

Appleseed: Ex Machina aka Ekusu makina (2007)

A.D. 2133: as the Bioroid-run Olympus (a utopian city governed by humanoid cyborg’s with troublesome emotions like anger and fear removed) invites the rest of the world to join with its satellite network to usher in an era of global peace, something or someone has plans of their own and is mind-controlling cyborgs to get it.

6/10

Once again, as with Appleseed (CG), the strongest scene opens the movie with a notably cool action sequence inside a cathedral sprinkled with neat ideas. The remainder doesn’t make much sense but at least you do know what the heroes are doing and the technical concepts come across clearly. The problem is that the baddie’s plans make no sense at all (SPOILER especially the shooting himself in the head and dying bit) but, as I say, you do know what everyone is doing so you can easily follow events. Technically, this is brilliantly designed (Deunan’s two Prada-designed outfits are impressively eye-catching) and has a lovely look that keeps itself out of the uncanny valley by having a very simple colour style, especially for character faces.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word, mild swear words and violence, brief graphic violence.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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