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Appleseed Ex Machina (2007)

Appurushido: Ekusu makina (original title)
With Brialeos convalescing after a mission, Deunan is assigned a new and remarkably familiar partner as a strange wave of terrorist attacks plague Olympus.

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Ai Kobayashi ...
Deunan Knute (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ...
Yûji Kishi ...
Tereus (voice)
Kong Kuwata ...
Aeacus (voice)
Shinpachi Tsuji ...
Commander Lance (voice)
Gara Takashima ...
Athena (voice)
Rei Igarashi ...
Nike (voice)
Rica Fukami ...
Yoshino (voice)
Takaya Hashi ...
Dr. Kestner (voice)
Miyuki Sawashiro ...
Hitomi (voice)
Yasuyuki Kase ...
Yoshitsune (voice)
Takaya Kuroda ...
Arges (voice)
Naoko Kouda ...
Dr. Xander (voice)
Atsushi Imaruoka ...
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When a paramilitary task force called E.S.W.A.T. and its operations in the year 2133 Olympus, a futuristic utopia where humans, cyborgs, and bio-engineered human beings called "Bioroids" are attempting to live in perfect harmony. However, a series of random terrorist attacks perpetrated by cyborgs and humans alike threaten to throw Olympus into total chaos. As it turns out, these humans and machines have come under the influence of an unknown electronic signal that hacks into their nervous systems and they then become the unwilling servants of a malevolent computerized entity. Thrown into the action is the plucky female E.S.W.A.T. warrior Deunan Knute and her cyborg lover/partner Briareos as they investigate these bizarre occurrences with the other members of their unit. Things become complicated when a bioroid named Tereus, who resembles Briareous in his human form, joins their unit and threatens to come between their relationship. But these three must put aside their differences to ... Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Rated PG-13 for action/violence and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Music supervisor Haruomi Hosono is a founding member of famed Japanese band Yellow Magic Orchestra, pioneers of the techno and electro-pop genres. See more »

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Appleseed vs the Borg
8 August 2014 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

Deunan and Briareos are police in the ESWAT team. Having saved the world in the previous installment, they have been awarded a life of danger and anguish. That's the new world for you. Anyway, somehow they get tangled with the villain in an improbable sequence of events, then he pretty much takes over the world, even if he was dead, only to be defeated in the end in a huge battle with a Borg cube. What is not to like about that?

Anyway, to me it seemed like the animation style didn't progress at all since the 2004 film, perhaps it even went to worse for some reason I can't just put my finger on. Also the story, as action packed as it was, seemed lazy. The typical Woo action scenes didn't impress either, as they go against any reasonable military training I can think of.

There were some interesting parts, though. The Briareos bioroid and the interactions between the characters were funny enough, the villain method of capturing the minds and hearts of consumers (now you know where the Apple in Appleseed comes from :) ) and some hidden gems like the quote "A human, a cyborg and a bioroid working together... Only in Olympus". It was nice to get a glimpse of the world outside Olympus, too.

Bottom line: they tried too hard. I also watched the English dub version, which may or may not have taken some soul out of the film. It was enjoyable to watch, but a simple story dragged on by useless action scenes (and by useless I mean not furthering the story) can only go so far.


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