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Ghost in the Shell

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2017
  • Rupert Sanders
  • 106 mins
  • 12

Summary

Sci-fi action thriller based on the popular ital}anime and manga series, starring Scarlett Johansson. Following a terrible accident, the brain of Major Mira Killian is transplanted into a robotic body and she is transformed into a super-soldier tasked with fighting terrorism. But as memories of Major's past life begin to emerge, she suspects that not all is as it seems.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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. She plays Major Mira Killian, whose brain is transplanted into its new hi-tech casing by Hanka Robotics, and who is then tasked with hunting down the terrorist (Michael Pitt) 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 to be had, but British director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) delivers an eye-popping, cyberpunk spectacle with a Japanese cityscape reminiscent of 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" could have done with more fleshing out to elevate this beyond pure adrenaline-pumping mechanics.

Credits

Cast

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MajorScarlett Johansson
BatouPilou Asbaek
Daisuke AramakiTakeshi Kitano
Dr OueletJuliette Binoche
KuzeMichael Pitt
Dr DahlinAnamaria Marinca
CutterPeter Ferdinando
TogusaChin Han
LadriyaDanusia Samal
Dr OsmondMichael Wincott
Red robed geishaRila Fukushima

Crew

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DirectorRupert Sanders

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2017-03-30
Languages
English | Japanese
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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