In an alternate 21st century, Japan advances in biotechnology and robotics; its benefits extending the lifespan of all humans. The United Nations deems the technology a dangerous threat, however, Japan refuses to abide by UN’s demands to halt research and cuts all communications with the outside world. Ten years later, an American Special Forces unit by the name of SWORD is sent to uncover the current status of the isolated Japan. Led by its female commander named Vexille they uncover shocking secrets about Japan and their technology.
What dj thinks: Seriously, how many versions of Appleseed are they going to come out with?
I had some pretty high hopes with this movie when I saw the previews. The film was written and directed by Fumihiko Sori, who was also involved with the production of “Appleseed Ex-Machina”. First of all, if you’re into CG animation, Vexille definitely delivers some very impressive visuals. Like Ex-Machina, a lot of attention was given to small little detail. The textures, explosions, landscapes, etc were pretty sweet, and the action scenes were very smooth. One of the most amazing scenes in the movie was during an encounter with these huge metallic worms. The movement was incredibly intricate and fluid while the feeling of mass and weigh of the worms was portrayed well. Kudos to the animators.
The storyline of the movie is pretty basic. If you’re looking for a “thinking movie”, then this isn’t it. Some of themes do touch upon humanity and morality, but this movie isn’t going to rack your brain like “Evangelion”. However, although the theme was straightforward, the fact that the background story of the movie was a bit fragmented throughout the film hurt the development of some of the characters, and I would have liked to see a bit more of their past explained.
The action in Vexille were above average. It wasn’t the “edge of your seat” intensity that was expecting, but it did keep me entertained. However, I couldn’t help but feel that the movie was trying to be another Appleseed. Seriously, all it needed was Briarios to come out with his massive sniper rifle and start blowing things away. Even the battle suits had a familiar feel to it. It just seemed to lack some originality to it. Also, people have been saying that there worm scene was copied from the movie “Dune”. Not a big deal to me, but the similarities are pretty uncanny if you’re a sci-fi nut.
All in all, it was an entertaining movie, but I wouldn’t rush out to buy the DVD right away. It’s worth watching if you have time online or by DL it, and the visuals of the movie provide some nice things to look at. So before I take off, here’s a little rating system that I’ll use in my reviews. 1 would be the lowest, 5 the highest.
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