Name:

Ghost in the Shell

Budget:

110 million (USD) Approx

Studio:

Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks, Reliance Entertainment

Genre:

Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi

Release Date:

30th March 2017

Run Time:

107 minutes

Director

Rupert Sanders

Product Rating:

BBFC (UK): 12A

MPAA (USA): PG-13

Reviewer:

Sarcastic Bulldog

Review Score:

85/100 (85%)

Disclosure:

 

 

 

Ghost flop avoided by moviegoers is a missed classic!

Ghost in the shell 2017 is an Americanised adaptation of the classic Japanese anime films based on the equally classic manga series of the same name. It is the near future and Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind. A synthetic robotic shell combined with the human brain, Major, is told that her body was damaged in a terrorist attack and so is put in the synthetic body so she can be cyber-enhanced to become the ultimate soldier and stop the world’s most dangerous criminals and terrorists. However, all is not as it seems as Major meets a new threat that can hack people’s minds and control them. The Major soon finds that her life has been a lie. She was not hurt in a terrorist attack and is not who she thinks she really is!

 

The threat in this film comes in the form of Hideo Kuze which Major is told to kill by Cutter (Peter Ferdinando) head of overseeing Hanka’s cybernetic programme. However Aramaki (Takeshi Kitano) head of section 9 section that hunts criminals using cybernetic weaponry) he suspects Cutter of wrongdoing and works with Major to expose the truth. I can’t talk about the plot too much, or this review will rapidly go into spoiler territory, and the film is genuinely best experienced going in with little to no pre-knowledge of the major plot points. What I can say is all is not as it seems and it leads up to an extravagant CGI action packed finale that wraps up a great sci-fi story asking the moral questions of human advancement and just how much can you blend cyber enhancements with the human mind without compromising humanity?

 

 

Ghost in the shell 2017 is a fantastic introduction to the ghost universe, and what it lacks in the complexity of the anime it makes up in sci-fi spectacle and a movie that truly is aesthetically pleasing and beautiful! The film is perfectly paced and very well directed. It features a great soundtrack, editing and CGI visuals which contribute significantly to creating a pretty compelling experience. There was a lot of complaints about Aramaki character speaking only in Japanese; some felt it to be awkward, but I found it perfectly acceptable. After all, it is Japanese source material mixed with a top notch Japanese/American cast. Plus Aramaki is a total bad ass, and Takeshi performance is superb and defiantly a highlight of the film, so I would recommend tolerating the Japanese only for his performance if it is something that would normally irritate you as it is something not to miss! It shouldn’t spoil a film! I guess my only big fault in the film was the rather anti-climatic end battle. Although the CGI was well done, it felt like it was ripped straight out of a video game boss fight! The end fight boss was not unique or interesting in design. I was hoping the end would be phenomenal and match the level of quality of the rest of the film’s storytelling and design, but it disappointed heavily. However, it is still not a breaking point for me that would force me not to recommend the film.

 

 

If you love Blade Runner or Deus Ex and love the moral question of A.I and what makes us human? You will find a superb, visually stunning film. The action even gave me de Ja VU of the matrix with wall running, guns and martial arts fight scenes: kind of a subtle nod to its other sci-fi/cyberpunk influences of both Hollywood and Asian cinema. Even though ghost flopped in cinema to films such as Boss Baby, Hopefully, more people will give ghost in the shell 2017 a chance upon its digital and DVD/Blu-ray release! I couldn’t find much to hate and is another example of great sci-fi fun that really should find classic status among cinema’s other finest sci-fi classics. Based on the Charede Gaming scoring system I am giving this an 85% (85/100). Had the ending of this film been better and a few other elements were more refined this would have scored much higher.

 

 

 

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