The sequel to Appleseed is out with Appleseed Ex Machina, based on the Masamune Shirow manga series of the same name. The story follows Deunan Knute and Briareos Hecatonchires as they are combating a cyborg terrorist group with unknown intentions. Deunan Knute and Briareos Hecatonchires search for clues from different characters and travel through the streets of Olympus to a zero gravity factory for the final confrontation.
The introductions of the new character Tereus offers character conflict and a love triangle to the movie. The character development is paced well as we see Deunan and Briareo’s relationship is under strain. The film’s use of motion capture actors has helped greatly with gaining a connection to the characters and making the characters feel real. This helps especially with Briareos who can’t show facial expressions due to being a cyborg. The combat scenes are much eye candy since John Woo is the producer. If you’re familiar with John Woo’s work you will see exquisite gun play throughout the film, with dual wielding of guns. And a brotherhood moment between Briareos and a supporting character. The unfortunate side is that we don’t learn enough about the antagonist’s back-story, which I would have liked to see. The last action scene reminded me of the Matrix Revolutions movie which I didn’t enjoy too much, maybe its just me.
Overall the movie is well done with the help of the motion capturing and John Woo action scenes. This is a good watch and must see for anyone who follows Appleseed.