Monday, May 16, 2016

Appleseed: Ex Machina - Appurushido: Ekusu makina (2007)

Ex Machina was my favorite movie last year. It is also one of my all time favorite movies. How ever this has nothing to do with it. This came years before Ex Machina. Similar name made me watch it and endure when movie didn't work.

Appleseed: Ex Machina is sequel to Appleseed. I have not seen the first movie and am not familiar with manga movies are based on. This made me wish to know more about the world. It seemed interesting. Maybe things I wanted to know more were explained better in first movie or comics. This movie expected us to know the characters and the world. It didn't study subjects I found interesting. It felt many things were left out to make this cool action movie.

Movie happens in utopian post-apocalypse city called Olympus. Olympus has taken role of world police. It tries to bring peace to world. Counter terrorist unit member Deunan loses her cyborg partner due injury. She gets new bioroid partner who looks like his former partner. Movie follows these three and shows tensions between them. I wish more time was given to them.

Main story is interesting but movie leaves some philosophical points out. Best scene is when what is actually happening and why is revealed. After that movie goes down hill. Before that scene there were problems between humans, cyborgs and bioroids in Olympus as were with our heroes who also were human, cyborg and bioroid. I wished movie spent more time explaining dynamics between these three groups. Maybe first movie spent more time on this or maybe it was action movie like this.

After the scene everything gets resolved because of reasons. Our heroes find common cause and fight for humanity as human, cyborg and bioroid. Appleseed: Ex Machina spends too much time being cool action movie and too little time slowly showing this interesting world. Action is weakest part. Long action filled ending may make you forget stronger moments which happened before.

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