Just to be clear: this is an info for fans, not an actual review. But please hear me out (since the IMDb message boards are gone, this is the only way to reach fellow film fans on IMDb because I'm not on other social media): When I was looking through comments about the new GHOST IN THE SHELL on several different websites and boards, I stumbled upon a user who compared the early trailers to the latest promo material. He found a very significant change had happened. In the first trailer from a couple of months ago there are some clearly visible blood spurts when the Major shoots some bad guys (at 0:28 minutes in the trailer), but in the new 5 minute clip which shows the exact same scene, the blood spurts are gone (at 3:50 minutes in the clip called 'Building Jump' which you can find on Youtube). This is evidence that the film was shot as an R-rated film and was later edited down for a PG-13. The original was an R-rated film, so perhaps there's hope we'll get a non-sanitized version for the home release. As for myself, unless this new film gets stellar reviews, I won't watch it in the cinema.
Ghost in the Shell
In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, "The Ghost in the Shell."