A few years ago I watched Appleseed at the Auckland Film Festival, it’s gorgeous visual style, action and impressive storyline all combined to make it a memorial entry into the world of Japanese animation. Now a few years later the team behind Appleseed have released another “CGI blockbuster” that “ups the ante with its state-of-the-art animation and explosive big screen action” – I was sold, Vexille would have to be on my must see list.
Unfortunately, Vexille failed to live up to its predecessor. Admittedly, when it kicked into top gear, Vexille’s action was spectacular, edge of your sets stuff, but more often than not, for a supposed action packed movie, it seemed to be constantly missing a gear or two.
It was a visual treat and the Paul Oakenfold soundtrack kept up the pretense that you were part of a gigantic video game, but a video game that didn’t make a lot of sense and had you wandering aimlessly for too much time.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Duration: 109 mins.