(Movie Review) Ghost In The Shell

Ghost In The Shell 2017 is a cinematic adaptation from it’s popular manga and anime series. Set in the near future, most humans are modified with cybernetics for enhanced vision, strength, and intelligence. Hanka Robotics, the leading developer in this technology, begins a secret project to create a mechanical body that can integrate a human brain. Scarlett Johansson plays Mira Killian (aka The Major), is chosen as the test subject after her body is apparently damaged beyond surgery. The story follows the Major (Scarlett Johansson), now a cyborg supersoldier, inquisitive to learn her past.

The cinematography and CGI surpassed my expectations. Kudos to the team behind the CGIs. They managed to reproduce the atmosphere of the original anime in accordance to its decaying, depressing, dark megalopolis theme. The costumes, robots, and the feel and design of the characters are quite detailed and attractive.

The music used includes some of the original score and it adds onto the CGI visuals into creating a dense and dark immersive experience for its audience. The acting is standard but the script seems to have been significantly simplified. The depth and complexity in philosophy of the original anime series seems to have been cropped and chunked aside. On a more positive note, here you can find a generic script that explains a simple origin story.

To wrap up, this movie shines in the visual and action department. Cropping out some significant side stories and more complex concepts such as ethical ambiguity in cybernetic human modifications did leave a dent to a promising and highly anticipated film.

Ratings: 4.3/5

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