Ghost in the Shell

(2017)

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Title:
Ghost in the Shell
Release Date:
29th March 2017
Runtime:
100 min
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
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Directors:
Rupert Sanders
Writers:
Jamie Moss, Masamune Shirow
Languages:
English
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Storyline

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."

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 0%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 0%
IMDb Rating 7.2

Casts

Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet
Michael Pitt as Kuze
Pilou Asbæk as Batou
Takeshi Kitano as Aramaki

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by olivia siegenthaler 25th March, 2017

GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017) was shot as an R-rated film and later edited to get a PG-13

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.

Reviewed by Camila Blanco 24th March, 2017

Definitely not up to par with the original

Rupert Sanders is back again with the live action remake of the acclaimed Japanese film "Ghost in the Shell". Which talks about a future in which humans can enhance ourselves with robotic parts. The movie follows the story of Major, a woman whose body is 100% robotic, but her brain is human. Starting with Johansson's performance, her acting is quite stiff, similar to how we saw her in "Lucy" , this is comprehensible, since in the original film, Major's speech and mannerisms are very "robotic", however, it doesn't feel like Johansson achieved that, and her acting ends up looking forced even, which wouldn't be much of a problem if she weren't the main character and we saw her 99% of the whole movie. The film, compared to the original, is very easy to understand, everything is explained, either visually or in the script. The movie pretends to be reflexive, but it doesn't achieve it at the same level as the Japanese version. It's reflective in a way that appeals to the emotion. Visually, the film it's incredible, the weapon design and the design of the city are impeccable. The sequences of the city are incredible. However, this alone doesn't keep the movie afloat. Also, there are sequences that are straight up copied from the original film, but they don't evoke the same feelings. The action sequences are good, but they're definitely not up to par with the ones from the Japanese version, they don't generate the same feel and become predictable. The movie seems to be embellished more than it should, with unnecessary visual effects, sequences, and shots, which, on the long run, make the movie feel long and become quite boring. The original version works because, despite being simple, it's reflective, aesthetically beautiful and has an amazing soundtrack. However, and, leaving comparisons behind the movie works for what it is, a Hollywood remake that I'm sure the general public will enjoy.