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Plot: In the near future, Major 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. Runtime: 107 mins Release Date: 31 Mar 2017
If you're a fan, go and see it. If you're not, go and see it. (by kapower-00710)
I have just seen the movie at an advanced screening. I'm writing here because, somehow, there are already 34 baseless reviews from people who haven't seen the film. I registered immediately to rectify that situation.I was truly concerned that this movie wouldn't satisfy me as a fan. Even though the accusations of whitewashing were baseless to begin with, I was concerned that they may have westernized or washed out some of the GITS flavour that I know and love. To me, this film was fantastic. I went in expecting to be disappointed and I came out grinning ear to ear. I laughed as I <more>
watched Aramaki be a down right bad ass. The relationship between Major and Batou was freakin' spot on. There's a lot of philosophy to represent, and that's not easy to do in a movie designed to capture and keep attention, but they did it. The fan service was brilliant and I loved it. It was visually stunning. The soundtrack was wonderful. Scarjo was an excellent study of the Major. It was not tacky or cliché at all. Please, do not listen to the inevitable vapid borderline insulting "critiques" that you'll no doubt uncover by the various news media who were targeted with pumping out a review for a movie they genuinely don't give two shits about. This movie won't be for everyone. It's scifi. It's intellectual. It's not everyone's cup of tea. But it's good. It's a classic. And I, for one, am genuinely gratified and impressed. Good work.
I came into this movie not knowing anything about it, besides the fact that it was an adaption. I avoided trailers, news, and even the IMDb page, which is usually my bible and helps me decide on what movies I see. I was absolutely blow away. The look, the story, the acting, all spectacular. I enjoyed every second. I felt every emotion. I was amazed by every visual. I walked out of the cinema in awe. Then, I checked the IMDb page and was absolutely shocked to see it had a score of 6.9. This is a excellent example of why hype is a dangerous weapon, especially against adaptions or remakes. This <more>
really opened my eyes towards movie criticism and reviews. I urge everyone to do as I did more often, not give movies unrealistic expectations, and rip it to pieces when it disappoints you. Instead, put your preconceived notions behind you, appreciate the countless hours of work and incredible effort the filmmakers put in, and remember why we watch movies: to enjoy.
Don't judge with an iron fist... see it for what its worth... (by ddragosa)
This movie does not deserve such a low score. I think this has to do with the fact that this movie wanted to please the new and the old. In doing so, it attracted low ratings from hardcore fans of the 1995 manga movie from one side and young teens who don't really understand the full depths of this movie. Simply put: too easy for old fans and too hard for young ones. For example I am a fan of the 1995 manga movie but I really liked this one even though it wasn't as deep as the first movie. But it was fun and clever nonetheless with good CGI action. The main character was absolutely <more>
fantastic. Personally I think she was perfect for the role.
A great western take on a Japanese classic (by xmc-61326)
I've watched both GITS films, Stand Alone Complex series and read the manga. As expected, things didn't reach so far into a philosophical sphere and at times spelling out the "dilemmas of existence for dummies" took a little from the atmosphere of the film.But, as far as bad things go, that's about it. CGI were mostly spot- on, only one or two scenes pulled me out of immersion. As a big plus, the film took some time to actually present the world itself without jumping to action. Side characters were great, I enjoyed Aramaki and Batou the most, Togusa, Saito and Ishikawa <more>
didn't have much screen time, but still delivered. Now, Johansson as the Major, I know a lot of fuss was there about whitewashing, I don't care about SJW thing, what matters to me if an actor/ess can act the role and IMO she was a great choice. In most scenes she behaved exactly like her character should, it didn't feel forced or overacted to me.And for the plot itself, I'm not saying it was fresh or never seen before thing, but it was a nice take and it brought something to the franchise. IDK if it makes official canon, but in my head it already is.I hope this review helps you, it is my first and I've done it because I feel that 6.9 stars is a lot less than this effort deserves.
It is very much its own thing, (by paul-127-726930)
If you are a die hard fan of the Manga or the anime then I think this incarnation might not be to taste. It does borrow sequences from the 1995 film but thank god it is not a Watchmen style recreation. The world building was incredible and the film for me very much has its own atmosphere which I was not expecting but thoroughly enjoyed. The visuals and cinematography are superb. The plot is soft enough to not be wrapped in star wars prequelesque dialogue scenes but does start to skim the surface of philosophy of GITS. Whilst I love the 1995 film, some of the sequels and the SAC series for me <more>
there can be moments when the existential debate and discussion can be a bit long in the tooth, especially for a film adaptation that is attempting to bring the series to a wider audience. The casting debate for me was total nonsense and implies a massive ignorance in the origins of Kusanagi and the choice of a generic cyborg shell. I am actually quiet happy with the origin of this interpretation of the character. Making a runaway with concerns about technological integration into a cyborg was for me a nice touch. There isn't a real twist in this film, more of a gradual unravelling as to what is going on which is also nice. Films relying on a M. Night Shyamalan style twist and reveal can become tiresome as a plot device, so the slow unwinding of what is going on is satisfying. The prop work from WETA was first class and I would say only twice did the CG pull me from the film. I hope the numbers for this film pickup because it definitely does not deserve the 6.8 it is currently on. I also hope that maybe some of the die-hards will give it a chance as this could be a great starting point for a series.
It's what you do and your soul that defines you in "Ghost in the Shell". Scarlett Johansson is heroic compassion as the human and mostly machine Major in Director Rupert Sanders's "Ghost in the Shell". "Ghost in the Shell" is the wonderful surprise that is both visually provocative action and the compelling existential exploration of humanity. Set in near futuristic Japan, cybernetic or robotic enhancements of humans are common place in the world. In this global incarnation Hanka Corporation is the technology leader seeking to change the world. Whether <more>
this change is for good is the real question?In the enthralling visual opening narrative scientists implant the residual human brain in the robotic 'shell' that becomes Johansson's Major. Composed of electronics and metal alloy, the beautiful Major emerges from the laboratory liquid pool of flesh and hair—nearly human. Johansson is awesome. She has this mesmerizing stillness even in the gate of her walk. She disposes villains with explosive martial arts excellence. Sanders wisely leverages close ups of Johansson, whose face in both the spoken and unspoken eloquently expresses courage and vulnerability. Johansson commands "Ghost in the Shell" as her own. Scarlett powerfully captures the emblematic paradox; her Major is more machine, than human in her search for her very humanity—her soul. She inspires as the hero discovering and defining herself. Her creators create and design her as the perfect soldier to combat the global terrorist threat. She confesses to her beloved creator caretaker Dr. Ouelet, played by poignant and strong Juliette Binoche, "What I have is not real." She speaks of her memories and her past. Dr. Ouelet tells her hero that it is not the memories you hold, "It's what you do that defines you " The screenplay by Jamie Moss, William Wheeler, and Ehren Kruger is based on the classic Manga by Masamune Shirow. This movie is also the reinvention of the 1995 Amine feature film. The 'ghost' is the remnant of soul implanted in the robotic or cybernetic 'shell'. Does the soul exist? One's design doesn't determine your purpose. Does the Major deserve to find love? I was happy that the search for the soul infused in this narrative, and that Johansson embodies the existential hero's purpose—discovering who she is. With brazen visual style the Major battles evil villains in literal pseudo-nakedness. Johansson is sexy, haunting, and isolated. This kind of symbolizes the stark lone nature of her very quest. As in the original Anime, the Major dramatically disrobes from her overcoat, then like the Dark Knight descends upon her evil prey. In a conflict arc the naked Major pummels the fleeing criminal in the rain filled pond, nearly killing. Her hulking fellow cyborg Batou, played by sarcastic but nurturing Pilou Asbaek, mercifully prevents her. The Major fights with calculated precision, and consumed rage. Since 'high-jacking' the program of a terrorist robot, the Major has bizarre images perhaps from her past. Is her dormant humanity emerging?This makes "Ghost in the Shell" compelling. Sanders's future Japan has the layered holographic feel of "Blade Runner" and the austere heroic night imagery of "The Dark Knight". The collective cyber- consciousness and virtual 'plug-ins' remind of "The Matrix". The Major discovering her inherent soul is amazing. Sanders falters a bit in the story arc when Johansson's Major talks with someone dear from her passed life. He is too restrained; he could have risked bringing us to tears. Poetically, he resolves this later in the Major's hero journey. After creating the Major, Machiavellian Hanka CEO Cutter, played by ruthlessly good Peter Ferdinado, transfers her to Section 9—the Government's elite anti-terrorist group. Section 9 is headed by the old and wise Aramaki, played with gravitas by Takeshi Kitnao. Batou becomes the Major's protector and friend, who may also be in love with her. Cutter distinguishes the Major as the revolutionary first of her kind. But is she the first? There are so many lies, including those surrounding the Major. The possible villain arises in cyber-enhanced Kuze, played by charismatic Michael Pitt. Section 9 and the Major investigates Kuze's murder of all those associated with 'Project 2571'—cloaked in secrecy. Perhaps, the Major was not the first? And the stories of her origins may be lies as well. The Major and Kuze's present and past may be tragically bound. I thoroughly enjoyed "Ghost in the Shell" for its visual style, thought provoking story, and entirely for Scarlett Johansson's performance. Her movie star presence transcends the character and the movie. I read and heard about the "whitewashing" in casting Scarlett instead of a Japanese actress as the Major. Johansson is amazing. The character of the Major is more machine, than human. "The Ghost in the Shell" is about the nature of the soul. Perhaps, the shape of your eyes has little to do with the quality of your soul. I say this as a Japanese American movie fan. The touching epilogue of "Ghost in the Shell" makes this perfectly clear. "Ghost in the Shell" is surprising and very gratifying.
Under-appreciated by the hypercritical. (by michael-83165)
We live in a society that assumes being overcritical means showing a display of intelligence. Don't let this film be tarnished by that fad.I will do my best to make this short and sweet. Probably not READ: For those who HAVEN'T seen the original films This film is a fantastic example of a film that is complex yet simple. I expected the worst from the film and I received more. I won't lie to you and tell you this film is on par with something like The Matrix the original was but it is well worth seeing and stands out as unique. We all know that's nearly impossible to do <more>
these days. Please take this into consideration and go to see the film with no expectations. You'll be surprised that way.READ: For those who HAVE seen the original films I'm sorry this film wasn't everything we dreamed it would be, but can we honestly act surprised when Hollywood screenwriters avoid immensely complex story arches? They have simplified this story for the masses in the same way The Lord of the Rings was simplified for the masses. If you spend your time comparing this film with the originals you will come up short, every time. This is NOT the original film, this is its own film that you need to appreciate as it stands I know that is difficult, believe me . If you haven't already seen it, please take my word for it and go in with no expectations, go in cold like it is a new experience . Final Comments I take user reviews to heart for movies. I appreciate the opinions of the people more than I appreciate the opinions of the paid critics. Seeing a 6.9 as the current user score as of March 31st is unfortunate, because this film captures EVERYTHING that Ghost in the Shell was and thanks to this film IS CURRENTLY. As a film it stands strong in the Sci-Fi genre and does manage to still be thought-provoking. Please consider taking your time before giving it a low rating. Understand that the talents that put this film together adopted this baby from its original developers and they did NOT destroy it, as some over-exaggerators may proclaim. "The Last Airbender" - THAT is an example of something being destroyed. GHOST IN THE SHELL stands still intact. Of course it isn't as fleshed out and philosophical as the original film which paid an immaculate amount of attention to detail and information but it DOES live in the same world and it DOES tell the same story. I promise you that if it HAD stayed completely with the script of the animated film, it would be getting attacked for being an unnecessary remake or overly complicated.I've given this an 8 out of 10 because I see 6 as mediocre and 10 as a perfect film. 8 is somewhere in between. I do not believe this is the best adaption or sci-fi film I've seen, but it was enjoyable and much pain-staking work was put into it... that shows when you watch it. Don't be entirely emotional about the way you view this movie. Watch it for what it is, not what it is in comparison.Thank you for reading, I appreciate it. Take the time to see this movie and take your time before rating it. Really chew on it first, because it deserves better than it is receiving.
Underrated by haters and super critics (by Juli5139)
When it comes to getting high IMDb ratings this movie was already destined to fail just because it is an anime adaptation of a highly beloved nineties classic. On top of that the cast and yet another Hollywood whitewashing sh*tstorm. Is this a perfect film? No. Some story elements were simplified to appeal to a broader audience and I would have done some scenes and dialogues differently. But overall it is a solid movie in the Sci-Fi genre. The atmosphere, effects, music and aesthetics are stunningly beautiful! You can still feel the heart and soul of Ghost in the Shell. The story is there - <more>
slightly changed but still thought provoking. There are many scenes where you can really see the amount of work that was put into making this movie - tiny details in the background, the aura of Hong Kong and other locations where this film was shot and just the overall look and feel. If this wasn't an adaptation but an original film I'm pretty sure the ratings would look completely different and the critics would be positive only. Don't let negative ratings of super critical anime lovers stop you from seeing this movie! Especially if you have never seen the original Ghost in the Shell - now is the time.
Amazing visual, and overall above average SF. (by barjo-915-203229)
Seeing some negative reviews here I was going in thinking the worst, but was actually pleasantly surprised.First of all, I have seen the original Anime movies, though It's been a while. The production values, sets, costumes, CGI was amazing. The visuals really are superb, and it's worth seeing for those alone. The move looks a lot like in updated blade runner, but enough of that dark futuristic corporate look that is in the GITS series. WETA are probably one of the few companies that can pull this off, including all manner of physical effects, and CGI. Takeshi Kitano and Pilou Asbæk <more>
do an excellent job, and Asbaek portrays Batou exactly as I would imagine him. Kitano is more like his action movie roles, but... this is a good thing. Johanson portrays the Major perhaps with more humanity than the anime, but that's her interpretation. For the movie, it works well.The movie stays generally faithful to the anime, and some of the scenes are almost exactly replicated. The storyline is different. Overall the storyline is perhaps the weakest point, but still has some surprises.One comment, Rila Fukushima is advertised as being int he movie, but nowhere to be seen... oddly. Overall destined to be a pivotal SF movies, worth seeing at the cinema, or at least on Blue ray.