Set in a different series of events, this story does not follow the previous Appleseed movie canon (despite being directed by the same director of the previous movies); it is an alternate story to their beginnings. Briareos is already a cyborg and did not become separated from Deunan to be later reunited in Olympus to join ESWAT.
Appleseed Alpha depicts the early days of Deunan Knute and Briareos in the 22nd century, as they embark on a journey throughout dystopic ruins of New York in search of the city of Olympus. They are hired by Two Horns, the warlord of the ruined city, to eliminate bipedal combat machines. During the fight, they encounter Iris (voiced by Brina Palencia) and Olson, both on a mission. Deunan and Briareos befriend them and decide to join their mission.
Iris is tasked with preventing the malevolent cyborg Talos from capturing a secret weapon humans were building. Talos uses Iris to activate the gigantic war machine.
I found about this franchise with the trailer of Appleseed Alfa post by IGN, “from the creator of Ghost in the Shell”, but is not recommendable to compare because after watching the four movies all i can thing of is “Transformers”, mediocre and disposable entertainment made for a wider audience. Don’t get wrong, the movies are not bad… just mediocre.
Have you ever see a movie and something stupid happed; something that doesn’t make sense, you ask yourself why it happens and answer is “well, y it’s a movie”. You haven realize (or don’t want to accept it) but suspension of disbelief has die
in front of your eyes, in that moment, the 30-40 minutes that the movie has left will be a tedious job ratter that an entertainment. Things like “my plan depend of this bottom, when I push it I win and you lose and … oh you fire at the bottom, now a will not be able to push it, now we will go with plan b that is the real climax of the movie”. This happens in the first movie (Appleseed 2004), without spoilers i will say that i didn’t care in what follow that scene. Every cliché of sci-fi, cyberpunk and action movies will be developed during the entire series.
The original OVA of 1988 its the best movie, its mediocre, but mediocre 30 years ago, its a masterpiece, (adding that i watch this one in third place), Deunan doesn’t fight between being a badass and a damsel in distress for Briareos, they’re just a team , there is a debate of Olympus as a necessary evil ratter OUR ONLY HOPE, even the death of nameless characters matters more, because are presented as uncontrollable casualties, and not the “people dying, shit gets serious” way.
I guess I should talk about Alfa. It’s Metal Gear (Revengeance to be specific) direct by Michael Bay, its one hour dubstep video with a couple of cool designed characters (designed, not develop), and you can’t complain about dubstep, the soundtrack of all four movies is nothing more that whatever people was hearing a that time (like I say entertainment for a wider audience). Appleseed isn’t bad, none of the for movie are bad, but don’t compare it with Ghost in the Shell, don’t compare the bioroids with the ones in Blade Runner (this ones are flat and un-dimensional, their emotions have being restricted so they have an excuse), don’t compare soundtrack, visuals, story, nothing with the big names of this genre, Appleseed will always lose, its not bad … Just Mediocre.
Appleseed Alpha is a action, explosions, gunshots adrenaline movie, if you want action with a easy to understand soft story you will like this movie, and sometimes is good to watch something were you don't have to think so much.
The plot of this movie is nothing to think about. You have seen it in one form or another a million times before, often better executed. Would've done nicely for a game though. It's the classic bad guy wants to destroy or govern the world so good guys need to stop him.
i don't like CGI but yes BUT!! this movie was EPIC the artwork was
so good that i really doubted in the beginning of the movie whether it was animation or live action. The ruins of New York look like a delight to wander around in and to just explore, the characters were so real, if only all CGI could be done like this.
Sound wise i don't find it very fiting or ear anything amazing, it was a techno almost dubstep ost witch in my opinion didn't fit very well with the action but it's just my opinion.
Alpha is a good movies to watch at night or when you don't have that much to do because it's a good watch, I can honestly say i watched this movie for the art, not the story but i did have a very good time watching it so even if it sounds like a boring movie it's not, the enjoyment level is high and i bet you will like it.
There's hate, and then there's the white hot, seething hatred anime fans have for CGI anime. Look, none's denying there have been some atrocious missteps in the past when it comes to CG in anime, but it can be done right!