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CGI laden adventure,
This review is from: Appleseed: Ex Machina [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)Appleseed Ex-Machina is a sequel which also works well as a standalone title. It is based during a future where a Third World War has left the world fractured into a set of nations who are highly suspicious of each other - however, it is hoped that a plan to unify the various satellite communication systems of the globe will promote peace through a mass gesture of togetherness. Counter to the peace movement is a strong terrorist presence who have stooges in high places, their new system of biological control threatens the whole of society.
Like the first Appleseed film, Ex Machina uses completely computer generated imagery. The visuals are often mindblowing and take on a near photo-like quality. The amount of detail visible in this Blu-Ray release is incredible, the cityscapes look almost real and the buildings consist of intricate architecture. One of the first scenes of the film involves light beaming out through the windows of a church and it looks spectacular.
The actual Characters are more basic and sometimes slightly cartoony. In contrast to the backgrounds, they look more akin to graphics from a console game. Their movement is sometimes a little stiff and occasionally looks unnatural. However, they certainly don't look bad, they just stand out as they are a very different style to the background - it works brilliantly during action scenes though, the fight scenes are fast paced and wonderfully smooth.
You may remember the lead characters Deunan and Briareos from the first film, here their relationship is tested when Briareos is hospitalised after a battle leaves him in need of repairs. Deaunan's new temporary partner looks eerily familiar - he is a clone of Briareos, but for the first time in years Deaunan can see his physical form without the metal exterior she is used to. Being set in a society where humans live alongside varying levels of cybernetically modified people gives the film a chance to explore any discrimination which may exist and it briefly tackles the 'racism' which is an unfortunate part of life there. One issue more prevalent in Ex Machina is capitalism, the film subtly attacks the power of large corporations who influence the governments of the world. It's good that the film has something to say and infact consumerism is used as a tool by the terrorists to tap into the masses and get control.
In a nutshell: A film with impressive action scenes, some fairly decent character development and a faithfulness to the first film which rewards those who have seen it. I do however feel that there are two distinct visual styles in this film, both are great - but I think that they clash at times.
Location: Doncaster, Yorkshire, UK.
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