Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

Rupert Sanders (2017)

106min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Based on the hit Japanese anime and manga series, Ghost in the Shell finds Scarlett Johansson trapped inside an artificial body that is designed to kick butt - and look good while doing it. After Major's brain is transplanted by Hanka Robotics, she is tasked with hunting down a hooded terrorist (Michael Pitt) who is targeting the company. Meanwhile Juliette Binoche, as the scientist who gave her new life, tussles with Hanka honcho Peter Ferdinando over glitches in Major's system. Predictably, as she starts to remember her past, Major's faith is eroded. There are few surprises. Attempts to reconcile her robotic "shell" with Major's increasingly sentient human self hold the film together between bursts of stylish violence. British director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) delivers an eye-popping, cyberpunk spectacle in a Japanese cityscape that evokes Blade Runner. He also touches on interesting questions about how far humans can comfortably merge with technology. Johansson's star power overrides her robotic tics, but her "ghost" needed more fleshing out to elevate this vehicle beyond pure adrenaline-pumping mechanics.

Summary

In the near future, a cyborg government agent goes in search of a mysterious hacker. Sci-fi fantasy based on an acclaimed comic book, starring Scarlett Johansson, Michael Carmen Pitt and Juliette Binoche.

Cast & Crew

Major Scarlett Johansson
Batou Pilou Asbaek
Daisuke Aramaki Takeshi Kitano
Dr Ouelet Juliette Binoche
Kuze Michael Pitt
Dr Dahlin Anamaria Marinca
Cutter Peter Ferdinando
Togusa Chin Han
Ladriya Danusia Samal
Dr Osmond Michael Wincott
Red robed geisha Rila Fukushima
Director Rupert Sanders
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Other Information

Language: English, Japanese +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Mar 2017
Drama