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Appleseed (2004) – His Review September 12, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Action, Animation, Movies, Sci-Fi.

I bet you're all thinking what I'm thinking. Does he have a robot penis?

Dir. Shinji Aramaki
Starring Ai Kobayashi, Jûrôta Kobayashi and Yuki Matsuoka

Based on the manga by Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell), Appleseed has been done before. There are good and bad reasons for making a remake, and a serious contender for the best excuse is “achieving the full vision of the material”. Appleseed may not take it to it’s ultimate heights, but it is a hell of a cool movie, and without a doubt the one to best match Shirow’s amazing art (may be NSFW).

Deunan is a 20-something woman who has spent most of her life as an elite soldier fighting in the World War. A war where the original reasons for fighting have long been lost, and replaced with simply “survival”. As she is plucked out of that reality and dropped into an oasis of life and comfort, the city of Olympus, she soon finds a new reason to fight – for the survival of mankind (?).

screenshots from Appleseed

Well yes, the plot is derivative and the intrigues are also quite messy. It’s not easy knowing who is with who, who’s on first and what’s the frequency, Kenneth. At least in the first half of the movie – then the red herrings get sparser, and we finally get to know the elusive “deal”. I really don’t have a problem with this. This isn’t a Disney movie where everything has to be understandable to a 5-year old, this is a movie with close-ups of people getting shot in the head. And it’s pretty, too.

screenshots from Appleseed (2004)

Amazingly enough, an animated movie completely sans-ponies can still be gorgeous. Check it out, in English if you’re so inclined, or in the original Japanese with subtitles.. It’s the eyecandy that matters most in this one anyway.

This is His review, you can read Her review here

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1. Third Opinion - September 13, 2006

I found the Appleseed remake to be inferior of the first one. Sure, it’s puuuurdy, but the character animation sticks out and their faces were simply put crap. The story didn’t grab me at all and there were, what, two short action scenes? The first one, while being cheaper and CGI-free, had better tempo and was less upfront philosophically and more to the point.
Well, at least I didn’t fall asleep like I did with Ghost In The Shell: Innocence. I’ve still to get past half of it.

2. Appleseed (2004) - Her Review « 4eyes - His and Her movie reviews - September 13, 2006

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