Appleseed Alpha (2014)

Appleseed Alpha (2014)

Released: 2014
Genre: Action, Animation, Genre, Sci-Fi
Director: Shinji Aramaki
Starring: Aoi Yûki, Jun'ichi Suwabe, Yuka Komatsu, ,
Run time: 93 min
IMDb: 6.6/10
Country: Japan
Views: 151701


Based on the comic book by the creator of Ghost in the Shell, a young female soldier Deunan and her cyborg partner Briareos survive through the post World War 3 apocalyptic New York in search of human’s future hope, the legendary city of Olympus.
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User Reviews: I’ve been a big fan of Appleseed ever since I first bought the original VHS back when I was 17. The franchise saw reprints of the Manga come and go until the reboot and the 2007 sequel, both of which I also really enjoyed. This particular movie, despite being from the same creative team, is sadly not in continuity with the others and is a "soft retelling" of how Deunan Knute and her rabbit- eared cyborg boyfriend Briareos fought their way through a post-WIII America before arriving in Olympus City.

It is by no means bad, but still a bit of a disappointment. I will chalk this up to the fact that Sony have gotten their dirty hands on the franchise since they have a long history of mis-managing pre- existing properties. This instalment honestly feels and looks more like one of the disposable CGI Resident Evil movies than Appleseed. There is a decent atmosphere in the empty cities and quiet, lifeless deserts but it doesn’t have the gloss and tech that I am used to from this series. The tech on display here is old and war-scarred, adding a riff of grubbiness to it that I’m not used to. Plus, there’s very little to identify with, Deunan seems to be the only pure human with no bio- mech augmentations. I know it’s a clichéd criticism to make of such movies, but it did honestly make me feel like I was watching a video game cut-scene. A bit more of the human element would have balanced things out and eliminating that truly, truly, utterly awful soundtrack would have pushed my final score a little higher. The soundtrack was honestly so awful I was disappointed that there was no Japanese track on the Blu-ray. I would have happily read subtitles if it meant the removal of all those terrible hip-hop sounding songs.

I don’t know what Sony were thinking. I liked the Japanese textures of Appleseed, and their attempts to Westernize it just don’t sit well with me as a fan. It’s worth watching but definitely the least appealing in the entire series so far.

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