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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.

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Too harsh...

...only a 2 star review? Surely abit harsh Empire, especially when you consider that it's far inferior predecessor was given a glowing 4 star review despite it being a let down to most Appleseed fans. The action scenes in this movie are awesome and the storyline is complex but involving.The films over-all look is sleek and exciting. Yes there is alot long talky bits between action scenes ...but that pretty much comes with the territory in Sci-Fi anime (no-one complains about it in Ghost In... More

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Posted by SkullKassidy at 10:35, 09 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Appleseed

It is a visually stunning piece.  There are great action set pieces but sadly I always felt that there is something missing from it.  It is difficult to define but the plot just feels shaky and it cannot hold up to the truly great manga films. ... More

Posted by sanchia at 23:22, 08 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Appleseed

I actually got to see this on the big screen a couple months AFTER I picked it up on DVD and I loved it. A truly fabulous film. If you love this kind of animation, you will love this film. BW ... More

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Posted by blair witch at 18:12, 08 May 2006 | Report This Post


This is a must see for anyone who is a fan of sci-fi. The original idea is based on Manga comics, and there has been a manga film made. This gives a massive depth to the world we get to see. This movie is different though, so very different to anything made before. The animation is spilt between CGI backgrounds and stylized manga characters in the foreground, using live actors to map the movements, so the action is fluid and centered. The CGI is state of the art, easily as pretty as Final Fanta... More

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