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Exiled from Paradise – 2014

Plot Summary:
With Earth now left in ruins following the “Nano Hazard,” most of humanity has abandoned the planet they once called home along with their physical bodies and rebuilt their digitalized minds into a society within the cyber universe of “DEVA.” A.D. 2400, DEVA’s central council detects an incident of unauthorized access into their mainframe. Someone on Earth was trying to hack into the system. The only information DEVA was able to retrieve was that the hacker referred to themselves as “Frontier Setter.” To investigate the mysterious hacker’s motives, the high officials of DEVA dispatch System Security Third Officer Angela Balzac to the Earth’s surface. Equipped with a prosthetic “material body,” Angela attempts to make contact with a local agent Dingo to find Frontier Setter on this devastated planet.

So last night, I needed something quick to watch before bed. I clicked on the title above without realizing it was a movie not a series. Half way through I wondered why the first episodes was so long lol.

This was an amazing movie, beautiful, thoughtful and full of action. It is far into the future, the earth is in ruin, those lucky enough to escape manage to find room on DEVA, an orbital database where people were able to upload their minds into a virtual world and live in a paradise. But Paradise is in trouble, a hacker by the name of “Frontier Setter” has infiltrated DEVA’s security system, sending forth ads about a ship to travel space and start a new wave of humanity. DEVA’s authorities see this as a breach and an attack on their system and send security officer Angela down to earth to locate this hacker and deal with him through their laws.

Angela is head strong and ambitions. She doesn’t even wait for her material body to be fully grown before she takes it down to earth. We watch her go from a grown woman of 30-something to that of a 16-year-old. With emotional ups and downs and impatience. Upon arriving to Earth, she complains about the weight of her body, the dusty air and is greeted, not only by her local contact Dingo, but a group of mutated worms that have overgrown on Earth.

Where Angela is a perfect military mind and obedience – Dingo is a layer back, street smart person who I think enjoys pissing off the DEVA security agent. After he uses Angela’s abilities and robot to take out the swarm of worms, he then deactivates the satellite link, making it useless. His reason? To catch a Hacker – you need to stay away from any DEVA satellite communications. He then proceeds to sell the robot for scrap metal lol.

The two are of course opposites, forced to team up and work together to capture this hacker. Angela is not only annoyed with Dingo most of the time, but is still getting used to her material body. She doesn’t understand hunger or tiredness as ‘old’ humans do. She even falls sick during her first day, catching a cold and fever. Yet, she is determined to succeed in this mission before any of the other agents that had been sent down. She refuses her own special tech to heal herself and ends up trust Dingo on the regular way of medicine.

The two talk about a few things during their time together and on the hunt. Music being one of the main ones – and the false freedom DEVA promotes to its inhabitants. Basically if DEVA decides a piece of culture or history is worthless, it is deleted from its mainframe. Meaning Angela had never heard of classic rock music, nor does she understand feeling music in her bones. We get a glimpse of how humans could lose touch with parts of their humanity, and become cold and cut off if living in a virtual world for so long (i.e. generations from this movie’s perspective).

Well, with hard work, the pair manage to track Frontier Setter down. But his identity becomes a surprise to both of them, the same with his overall plan. There was no aminosity when he hacked DEVA, his only wish was to inform its inhabitants of a ship ready to take off to explore the galaxy and hopefully a new home for humans. It was the plan of its founders. Frontier Setter is a self-aware A.I. For years, almost a 100 it has been working away at his founder’s dream of a ship hidden on the other side of the planet, out of DEVA’s sight.

Angela, presented with this information, and perhaps seeing how Dingo and the AI communicate so well together does not go through with the typical response – which would mean destroying it. Instead she finds her ‘moral code’, and stands up for Frontier Setter against her authorities. It causes for one of the great battles of the movie! Angela and Dingo against a dozen – and more other DEVA agents go into an epic battle to hold them off until Frontier Setter is ready to take off.

Exiled from Paradise seems to explore a few aspects of where the human race is going. Will Space exploration win out, or will the virtual world be the save haven for humanity in the future?  I really like some of the issues they discuss in the movie, and the virtual battle scenes were awesome!

I only had a few issues, one was with the ending. It was a bitter-sweet ending that I had hoped would have gone the other way. The other issue was the clothing/uniform Angela wears throughout the movie. It’s a bit revealing in my mind – but meh.

I would highly recommend this movie to any sci-fi anime lovers. It was a lot of fun!