2017 · Hollywood · Movie · Review

Ghost in the Shell 2017 Movie Review ~ Once Again Style Over Substance!


In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the prototype of a new generation. As survivors of a devastating accident, they were equipped with cybernetic abilities, making them the perfect soldier. Their job is stop the most dangerous criminals in the world. When terrorism reaches an unprecedented scale and hackers succeed to log into the human psyche and control it, Major is the only one who can stop the assassins. In her hunt for a powerful new enemy, she is confronted with an unexpected truth: her life was not saved – she was stolen. Without regard for losses, she now tries to reconstruct her past, find out who has done this to her, and put the people responsible …

Still from “Ghost in the Shell”

The beginning of the movie surprised us by its fluidity and its rich universe. Director Rupert Sanders articulates this one around a fierce graphic, spectacular declination, trying to pay tribute to the identity of the original story. They take full view as evidenced by the sequence of piracy, where the visual rendering plunges you into a strange sensation of technological immersion. In the bowels of artificial intelligence, between “the soul” and “the system”.

Still from “Ghost in the Shell”

Many of the ideas and themes in “Ghost in the Shell” are quite exciting, but unfortunately not really something new. In future scenarios, in which states are controlled by large corporations, who are investigating artificial intelligence and robots and are being fought by underground organizations and cyber-terrorists – all this is part of the fixed repertoire of the Cyberpunk genre. This makes it look as if you had seen it all somewhere. In “Ghost in the Shell”, Scarlett Johansson is a human-machine hybrid, in which a human brain has been put into the “body” of a robot. The original memories were erased, but the erasure was not perfect and so the memories came back fragmented. Sounds cool, it is! But basically it just exactly synonymous the story-line of “RoboCop!” The exchange of old memories with new ones and the related question of one’s own existence, who am I and what makes me who I am? Just like “Total Recall”. At all, “Ghost in the Shell” thinks about other Cyberpunk movies like “Dredd”, “The Matrix” and of course “Blade Runner”. It is quite possible that some of these movie have copied and inspired from manga and anime, even with the “Ghost in the Shell”, but this new movie never feels like fresh or new.

Still from “Ghost in the Shell”

“Everyone around me, they feel connected to something. Connected to something, I’m not.”

Ghost in the Shell is a classic example of style over substance. Stunning visuals effects barely against a complete lack of depth. What little story there is, moreover once again brought no surrender by a cast who has no idea what they are talking about and doing. “Ghost in the Shell” had enormous potential. But eventually this movie is completely ignores the essence that made so well the series. Instead of a story to tell here is chosen for a flashy spectacle movie. And thanks to a flat rendition of almost all actors of this movie lacks real substance. That is such a shame. And let’s be honest, this move is a visual spectacle. The set designs are gorgeous and the costumes are wonderful. In that way, “Ghost in the Shell” remains classic, somewhat good and entertaining. Its strength lies in its plastic beauty and contrary to its aesthetics, the footage fishing by its meaning and its development. But eventually its become an average movie with visual spectacle just like “Doctor Strange“.

“CGI in the last ten years has gone through such leaps and bounds that today, people are only looking for these kinds of movies to wow audiences with technology!”

Still from “Ghost in the Shell”

“Ghost in the Shell” doesn’t possess the complexities of the original.

Bottom Line:

“Well, maybe next time you can design me better!”

In one word: “CGI in the Shell”

Sensibility Index ~ 6.5 out of 10!



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