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Appleseed 2 (2007)
This sequel to the 2004 film adaptation of Appleseed appears no different from any other movie I've seen with style over substance. The movie breezes through events without taking much time to properly explore new elements introduced as the elements are only brought up to push along the show's plot. Deunan and Briareros get a new partner in the form of Tereus which had its potential to create tension as Tereus was cloned from Briareros and causes Deunan some discomfort and mistrust of him at the start of the movie. However, the movie quickly establishes them to trust one another thus killing whatever potential this story element could have had. In addition, the revelation concerning the acts of cyber-terrorism is another typical case of what I would like to call "SEELE syndrome" as the antagonist behind the whole thing is shallowly evil and desires humanity to become one consciousness. And the Ex Machina found in the movie title seems appropriate considering the deus ex machina ending that comes along when Deunan and Briareros deal with halting the baddie's plans.|
In terms of visuals, Appleseed Ex Machina is definitely good on the eyes sporting excellent CG animation in the renderings of character designs, mechas and scenery. The character designs are improved from the first movie as facial features look natural and move about naturally compared how stiff they looked when cel-shaded animation was used. Action scenes are plentiful in this movie and they don't disappoint as there are a wide range of sequences to get out of this movie from aerial battles in mecha to a car chase scene to melee combat.
Still however, Appleseed Ex Machina proved to be a weaker film in quality compared to its 2004 prequel as this movie chose to resort more to its style in action scenes than putting together a cohesive plot. If you just want to see this film for the action, then it is definitely worth a look. But anyone looking for anything more will be disappointed.
Last updated Wednesday, October 05 2011. Created Tuesday, October 04 2011.