Appleseed Review

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A female warrior from a future wasteland is brought into the fold of a utopic city. It's not long though, before she begins to see something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

★★★★★

Originally a manga (Japanese comic), this property was filmed in 1988 as an anime (traditional cartoon), and has now been upgraded in a technically innovative remake which mixes impressive CG backgrounds with characters who look at best like 3-D versions of old-fashioned cartoons and at worse rotoscoped (live-action ‘cartoonised’ by tracing over the image).

The characters might physically appear rounded, but are otherwise paper-thin, and the amazing scenes keep stopping dead for hard-to-follow, overly earnest conversations about why things are so rotten in the world and what has to be done about it.

It’s an impressive effort, packed with ideas and good action scenes, but still trots out a clichéd plot about a super-soldier babe, a race of meek artificial people, giant robot suits, confusing conspiracies and a lot of explosions.