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5.0 out of 5 stars
It just gets better, 1 Aug. 2008
It's no secret that one of the most impressive, and one of the most sellable, features of the Appleseed movie series is it's revolution in the artwork of Anime. For the record: this is a beautiful spectacle and the first time you watch it you may well completely ignore the plot and just take in the sheer beauty of the imagery. And not just 'ooh that's pretty, look at that explosion' but beautiful moments of emotion fuelled by an intriguing and powerful plot. In this, the second film, the animation reduces the 'anime' in favour of a more filled out 3D style. And it's better too. Characters move with more of a realistic likeness that the previous film, and the overall design of characters, environments and props is significantly improved to feel more futuristic and easy too look at.
Even if you don't like the idea of a less thought provoking plot over a more action based film (this is NOT Ghost in the Shell), then you should at least be able appreciate the sheer beauty of the films visual accomplishment.
The first film was all about the idea of the Bioroids, and how this new race of mankind fit into society (ideas of race hate for both man and Bioroids). This film touches on similar ideas, the folly of man etc, however uses the Bioroid example as a background idea to more successfully make the main story less one-dimensional with emotions you have to think about to understand. How would you feel meeting a clone of your lover before he had his near fatal, life changing accident?
My main complaint with the first Appleseed was the sloppy and heavy-handed way it went about the sentimentality of Deunan and her background. The whole 'my father!' thing wasn't very well established, and the plot just kind of stumbled along from one uninspiring idea to the next. None of this here in Ex machina (except one little bit at the end which I'm going to ignore - 'I'm just a bioroid' urgh) and every sentimental issue is believable and bounces very well.
This movie is excellent, very well rounded, much better than the first, and a must buy for any fan of Anime, animation in general, and action.