Appleseed Alpha (2014)


More a showcase of animation technology than a satisfying story for a feature-length movie, it's a prequel to the two movies. It's got some good things going for it:

This time around, there is no noticeable 2D/3D fusion, which helped made me notice how sucky we still at at doing convincing human faces, unless you have a massive budget I suppose. The movie doesn't represent any noticeable advancement of animation capabilities, even though it has its moments. As regards the story, it's interesting enough, but really has nothing new. The giant robot thing is just stupid, and the leading lady, who is not as a major a character as she was in the first movie, still has unexplained physical prowess. She also too damn lucky, brushing off highly dangerous situations like they are nothing. Sad.