=”283″ height=”400″ />In a lot of the Science Fiction genre there seems to me to be an almost philosophical view when it comes to the parts that man plays in Sci-Fi and the parts that machines play in Sci-Fi…
What do I mean by this? Well simply put, some movies demonstrate how man’s some times greed, and or irresponsibility towards it’ own technological achievements can some times be the down fall of man! A couple of examples being, A: The Matrix series: A movie about how humanity has formed a resistance movement against the Artificial Intelligence that they created… B: Another great example of this is the, Terminator series: and how again the Artificial intelligence that mankind has created has been used to take over the world, and the only people stopping the A.I. is a small resistance organization!
These are just a few examples of how technology, if not used right can become detrimental to mankind! With that said though, there are also several examples in Science Fiction movies of how Technology has been used in some capacity to catapult humanity to a new level of greatness… One example being the use of ‘Warp Drive’ in Star Trek and how that use of Warp Drive catapulted mankind in to the intergalactic community… Another great example is essentially the biopic, Apollo 13 (1995). I mean it goes with out saying that despite the fact that the crew of the Apollo 13 mission didn’t make it, it showed a great example of the history of the American Space Program!
Both examples are the reason that I really enjoyed the movie, Vexille (2007):
Written by: Haruka Handa (Appleseed), and written and directed by: Fumihiko Sori (Ichi). Starring: Colleen Clinkenbeard (Meitanttei Conan: Tsuioku No Mirajiyu), Travis Willingham (D.Gray-Man), Christine M. Auten (Devil May Cry), Christopher Sabat (Tsubasa: Tokyo Revelations), Jason Douglas (No Country For Old Men).
In the future the creation of androids becomes more and more of a reality… So much so that at one point the United Nation actually bans that form of technology… Now the interesting thing is, is that all of the nations with the exception of Japan consents to this!
With that said, Japan goes in to a state of almost total isolation from the rest of the world. They set up a sensor grid called, ‘RACE’ which makes trying to reach Japan from the outside, impossible and for people in Japan to reach the outside impossible as well! They also end up setting up a sensor network that will allow the Japanese to sense almost anything trying to reach it’s shore line!
Now we cut to over a decade later…
Japan has slowly begun to open up little by little, there is some importing and exporting done all over the world etc…
One of the things that Japan seems to be exporting en-masse is a type of Security Robot, which is what Zack (Sabat) and Leon (Willingham), who are members of a special forces unit of the U.S. Navy called S.W.O.R.D. (It is never mentioned, but if I had to guess I would say that SWORD is most likely the successor to the Navy SEALS…)
With that said, both Zack and Leon have been ordered to guard the receipt of a shipment of security robots at the San Pedro pier in California, when during this time some guy ends up highjacking a motorcycle (which prompts the two SWORDs in to action.)
While Leon and Zack are in pursuit, two of the security robots end up becoming activated and head out to attack the two soldiers and the highjacker… Now after an awesome highspeed chase, the dying highjacker warns of a meeting that is supposed to occur between the Japanese and a bunch of foreign dignitaries…
During this meeting a man by the name of Saito (Douglas) who is an agent of the global Japanese corporation, ‘Daiwa’ ends up killing most everyone at the meeting with the exception of the American government official…
Now after all of this goes down, enter in SWORD, who is trying to capture Saito… Unfortunately though they end up accidentally getting his severed leg instead.
Once the U.S. Government discovers that Saito’s limb is what they call, ‘Bio Metal’. The government decides to send Vexile and her team to find out what Daiwa and the government of Japan is up to! And when Vexille and her team get their, Vexile will comes to realize what it is truly meant when people say, ‘Be careful what you wish for’!
With that said, what I liked about this movie and what I do think makes this an awesome B movie is a couple of things.
1. Besides what I mentioned at the beginning of this recommendation, I thought that the graphics in this movie were fantastic!
2. I also loved the story line as well!
With that said, if your a fan of Animation or Science Fiction, if you get a chance, check out this one! It was pretty good!