From the Archive: Ghost in the Shell (2017) A Review

Based on the Graphic Novel of the same name and another example of ScarJo kicking some serious Butt! 


DIRECTOR:  Rupert Sanders

STARRING:  Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano

SCREENPLAY:  Shirow Masamune (based on the comic “The Ghost in the Shell” by), Jamie Moss

GENRE:  Action/Sci Fi

RUNTIME:  107 mins

★★★ 3 Stars  

I vaguely remember  watching this film on it’s release, and feeling a little underwhelmed by it.  And I do not think on second watch, it has endeared itself to me anymore than it did the first time.

So, Major Mira Killian is a hybrid between an android and a human.  She has a human brain inside an artificial body and she works for a kind of spy organisation, which works to stop cyber crime in a vastly technologically advanced age. But she finds out that not everything she has been told is true and that her past is not as black and white as she thought.

This film was one of the most Visually beautiful things I have ever seen.  The city-scape scenes, with the cameras soaring over the top of the downtown area make my jaw drop.  Its just stunning.  All the sets are gorgeous and all the character visuals are just beautiful.  I mean we could have done without the stupid amount of scenes with ScarJo wearing little else than a skin coloured body suit thing.  I mean she wasn’t naked, but she may have well of been. The airbrushed look to her face was also a little unsettling but I guess it was done to make her look a little more inhuman that the others, to mark her as something other.

Plot wise, there isn’t a lot of plot.  It’s a pretty basic premise, uses a lot of plot points from your average soy thriller and places them in a futuristic setting.  It was interesting enough, but it was completely predictable and nothing that happened was really all that shocking.  So if you are looking for something that you haven’t experienced before, this wont be for you, but if you want some fairly interesting sci-fi then you will be entertained for and hour and a half.

Ghost in the Shell is available to watch in the UK on Netflix now.

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