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Appleseed

Rotten to the Core

In a post-apocalyptic future, a lone warrior wages ceaseless battle against foes in a barren wasteland. The fate of humanity is tenuous at best. Said lone warrior is the key to the survival of mankind. Appleseed offers up a premise that bears a striking resemblance to countless Japanese anime films. One could consider Appleseed a step or two above the average Japanese anime film. That is, if you dig exaggerated melodrama, emotionally overwrought dialogue, a convoluted storyline, and a painfully contrived message.

Our heroine (aforementioned lone warrior), Deunan Knute (where the hell did they come up with this name?) finds herself in a dire situation on the field of battle. A deux ex machine arrives in the form of the 'E-SWAT' team that extricates her from certain death. Why she is rescued is unclear, but then again very little in Appleseed is clear.

Deunan is brought to the enormous utopian metropolis Olympus. Apparently, the global conflict that Deunan was a part of never resulted in a clear winner and now all the power is concentrated in the city of Olympus. What? Why? How? Don't bother asking.

Half of the city is populated with 'bioroids', a genetically altered human life form with little capacity for emotion. The 'roids' (as I affectionately refer to them), lack the propensity for anger and violence, hence are ideal citizens for this new utopia. But, they can't reproduce and they die very quickly. Huh?

Anyway, you get the gist.. An overly complicated mystery unfolds, none of which really makes any sense. Director Shinji Aramaki did some wonderful things with CG animation creating several awe inspiring shots and sequences, but this visual artistry cannot overcome a woefully confused story and characters whose intentions and motivations are equally as confused.

Rating: 1 star out of 5