Saturday, June 11, 2005

Appleseed (2004)

She loves her big metal man, but the family might not like the fact that he isn't circumsized.

Genre: Sci-Fi Action Animé (Japan)

Starring: Ai Kobayashi, Jûrôta Kosugi

Directed By: Shinji Aramaki

Overview: A warrior woman is brought to a utopian city to train and assist in it's protection. She finds that the city has it's own brand of conflict.

Acting: The voice acting in this is pretty impressive. Of course with this kind of production, you wouldn't expect anything less. They do a wonderful job. Nice deliveries all around.
Rating: 7

Cinematography: This is what it's all about. A perfect fusion of a classic animation style mixed heavilly with CGI. This is such a visual spectacle that I frequently sat there saying 'Holy Hell' to myself at how smooth the rendering was. This must have used live actors as models at some point, it's too realistic. Absolutely gorgeous. From the opening burnt-out city combat scene, to the E.S.W.A.T. bar's background (even the drinks!) animations on the walls, nothing in this film will make you doubt that this style is perfection.
Rating: 10

Script: Can't complain about this either. Professional and well-scripted, we are explained the motives at the right time, delivering the suspense in time with the flow of the plot, and intelligently too.
Rating: 7

Plot: The unfolding of the story is well done. We dont linger in long explanations and the scenes end often with dramatic tie-ins to the next scene. An epic ending and an exciting action-packed ride with some nice combat and a wake of destruction makes for a fun film.
Rating: 8

Mood: There was this score that was a little over the top in its hard-rock patriotism, granted, but there really isn't that much of it. The sci-fi feel of the world and the machines and the mechanized inventions of the future, damned impressive.
Rating: 8

I guess he can be convincing when he wants to be though...

Overall Rating: 80% (Definitely Grows On You)

Aftertaste: The movie is one I would recommend to any fan of Animé, though there were those melodramatic parts, yet we've grown to accept it for what it is. If this isn't your style of film then it will be interesting to watch but I don't see it getting all that intriguing, like the Blade Runner or Minority Report Sci-Fi's could do.