Ghost in the Shell

March. 29,2017
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In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human saved from a terrible crash, then cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.

Scarlett Johansson as  Major Mira Killian / Motoko Kusanagi
Pilou Asbæk as  Batou
Takeshi Kitano as  Chief Daisuke Aramaki
Juliette Binoche as  Dr. Ouélet
Michael Pitt as  Kuze / Hideo
Chin Han as  Togusa
Lasarus Ratuere as  Carlos Ishikawa
Yutaka Izumihara as  Saito
Tawanda Manyimo as  Borma
Peter Ferdinando as  Cutter
strong woman
female protagonist
dystopic future
based on anime
inner journey


Roger Ebert

I enjoyed its visuals, its evocative soundtrack (including a suite for percussion and heavy breathing), and its ideas.

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Laura Evenson

Mamoru Oshii s direction deftly merges gritty realism with a dreamlike quality.

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Time Out

Conjures up a dazzling, futuristic cityscape that, sadly, is not matched by the human landscapes at the heart of the story.

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Susan Stark

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Tom Huddleston

For sheer mind-expanding sci-fi strangeness this is hard to beat

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Gene Siskel

The drawing style is remarkable in a story that reveals a Japanese preoccupation with roboticized culture and hard-edged sexuality.

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I was unable to make it to the theaters for this one due to traveling for work those first two weeks. And then it was gone; couldn't find it in any theaters. I'm sure glad I didn't waste my money for that and only spent $1.62 to rent it from RedBox.The trailer didn't show much, which is good. I hate trailers that give away everything about a movie. So, a hot girl is always good... And it had the teaser nudity that isn't real but is a suit - I'll let you be the judge of that.The rest is the same old overused nonsense from all other science fiction movies:A lot of fighting, shooting, explosions and destruction - way too much of that... but just about all sci-fi and superhero movies these days only contain that.The first hour was incredibly boring. After about 70 minutes, it got just slightly interesting and then all the fighting/shooting/destruction began. There is nothing interesting about that - we've all see that hundreds of times. It's ridiculous.Why can't any of these shooters hit anything? We still have that. It isn't interesting to watch. Thousands of rounds flying and everyone missing their target. With all this high tech stuff, why don't they have more advanced weapons?I have to say, I was in Arizona earlier this year and fired a handgun for the very first time. It was a 6-shooter, a Colt "Peacemaker", you know the pistol of the "West". You don't "AIM" those, you lift them to just above waist high, look at your target & not the gun, and pull the trigger. After just a few shots, it starts to become very natural. Any sane person can hit a target the size of a person at least somewhere on their body, even if they are moving. 24 rounds: I had 24 hits & 0 misses at various distances. But the people in these movies can't hit anything even when they do aim and with much better weapons. And then you have Major, her manufactured body can stretch & tear, wires breaking, and it can still function? Uh, NO, it wouldn't. That's not how mechanics and electronics work.The City: a ridiculous "Blade Runner"/"Fifth Element" type of city but with fish floating around. No, not interesting at all. Just very silly.Oh, one petty but very annoying thing: They can build an entire body and install a human brain in it and get everything to work but they can only give her a ragged, jagged wig or haircut? That's very weird. Her crooked bangs were a distraction in every scene that included her facing the viewer.In Summary: This movie has a lot of awesome CGI with a ridiculous plot and horrible acting. Great CGI alone doesn't make a great, or even a good, movie. This catastrophe is a perfect example of that.

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I boned up on this movie by watching the 1995 version and Stand Alone Complex for a bit, loved the repartée from Major Kusanagi and her crew and hoped it would translate to the big screen. The movie succeeds in displaying the setting and overall feel of the area. Everything is a grainy, low-tech with abundant neon and cyber-solidified humans. Sadly, the script is a bit of a mess. Kusanagi becomes Major Mira Killian (you'll see why toward the end the film) and Scarlett Johhansson, generally a quite credible actress, is sort of wasted here.We do not get a lot of character development for her or her crewmates. There aren't a lot of quirky, funny moments as there are in the animated versions. Worse still, a lot of the teaser from the movie are just absent here, and one feels cheated. Overall this is a fine bit of popcorn absorption but fails to live up the series's standards and fails to give any of the actors much to work with. See it on a rainy day, if nothing else.3.5/5

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I know I wasn't supposed to love it but I accidentally did._Final rating:★★★? - I strongly recommend you make the time._

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I've watched Ghost in the Shell at the cinema 3 days ago, knowingbeforehand about the controversies that have surrounded this movie forthe last 6 months or so. Science fiction movies are probably myfavorite genre and I also enjoyed most of Scarlett's movies for thepast 8-9 years so those two factors were a plus for me going in. Regarding the whitewashing business, I think its been blown way, WAYout of proportion by social justice warriors with nothing better to dothan drag media attention over whatever they're feeling insecure aboutthis month/year. For those of you who might be on the fence aboutwatching a Caucasian actress in the role that (supposedly) should'vebeen reserved to an Asian actress, please consider this a NON-MATTERand watch it anyway. The character she is portraying is SUPPOSED tolook Caucasian/white. It was the same in the source material and eventhe creator of that anime said so in interviews.Now, is the movie any good? In my opinion, yes. Yes it was. It wasn'tamazing but at the very least entertaining. There is a good amount ofpeople who score this a 1/10 because they are butt hurt that the storywas changed a lot. Please ignore them and see for yourself even ifyou're a fan of the anime and are able to keep an open mind. I thinkmaybe I was able to judge it more objectively because I had zeroknowledge about the story in the anime going in, but, if nothing else,the movie actually made me want to watch those old ones to compare.The acting - 7.5/10 - Since Scarlett Johansson is the only big namethat the movie is being marketed alongside, I'd say she did a good job.At no point in the movie could I say she didn't belong there. Sheplayed the part of cyborg who had difficulty belonging in a human worldvery well. The cast is diverse enough in my opinion, though some ofthem get pretty little screen time.The visuals - 9/10 - If there is one point most critics/viewers are inalignment concerning this movie, that point is definitely the visuals.The movie both looks and feels spectacular, with the futuristic citylooking like a close-future mix of Blade Runner and TRON. Thecombination of CGI and practical effects looks organic, the movie'spowerful themes of excessive self-augmentation and technology almostrunning amok represented very well visually.Soundtrack - 8/10 - Sometimes pretty subdued, sometimesalmost-but-not-quite in your face, I found the soundtrack to varybetween decent and very good in some moments. It didn't MAKE the moviebut it enhanced a good deal in my opinion.Story - 7/10 - Here is where the good points of the movie kinda startto run dry. A lot of other people would probably rate it a lot lower,with 5 or 4's if they're at least trying to be objective. Yes, thestory is fairly predictable, and the fact that the movie is only around100 minutes long doesn't do it any favors either. Here is probablywhere most of the legitimate hate towards this movie stems from. Thecreators adapted a story that had a lot more depth and philosophicalinsight and turned it into a somewhat generic cyborg coming of agestory mixed with an evil corporation doing questionable things. Thevillain is also very cookie-cutter and has almost zero depth. HOWEVER,I do think that concerning this film's particular themes and narrative,a weak villain doesn't hurt it so much since its more aboutlosing/gaining your humanity through technology than any bad guy tryingto shoot you.Writing/Dialogue - 6/10 - By far the movie's weakest aspect. In fact, Ibelieve if some more meaningful dialogue and character interactionswere written into this film, it could've easily been 1 or 2 pointshigher on anyone's scoring system. As it is, the dialogue is shallowand fairly run-of-the-mill for about half the movie's length. Some bitsof good interactions are sprinkled here and there, and thankfullythat's enough to preserve the soul of the movie's central theme ofhuman souls surviving in machine bodies, BUT not enough to give Ghostin the Shell the depth it should've inherited from the source material.Overall - I gave this movie 3.5/5 stars here, mostly because Icouldn't give it a 7.5/10 which felt more appropriate to me. My advicewould be to not listen to the whitewashing nonsense, because that'sexactly what it is, nonsense. Also don't listen to the haters who ratethis movie a 1/10 or call it shit because those people should not bereviewing anything to begin with. It is a decent movie, with greatvisuals and a theme that might get you thinking for a couple of daysafter seeing it. The acting is decent, with an above averageperformance from Scarlett and a good soundtrack that might hit theright spot on occasion. The only bad aspects, like I mentioned, are thefilm's rather short running time and weak dialogue/writing which holdit back from being truly great.

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