I'll keep my review brief as I can add little to many of the comments made. I personally loved the animation and the storyline. I'm not =familiar with John Woo, so I can't really compare his work and also he only produced it, he didn't direct it. That was done by the same guy who directed the opriginal Appleseed film.
Where I am annoyed and disapointed, and why I have only given it it 4 stars is the lack of the original Japanese soundtrack. I have a lot of Japanese Anime and all, but this one, have the original soundtrack. I can only think that Warner Brothers had something to do with this. The original Appleseed was done by Optimum Asia.
The japanese had taken so much trouble with the lipsink, it's ashame we cannot completely appreaciate it now the Japanese soundtrack is missing!
Thank you Warners!!!