Ghost in the Shell


Review: A woman is saved from a terrible crash; once she wakes up she discovers that her mind has been transplanted into an android body.
Director: Rupert Sanders
Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano and Juliette Binoche
Year: 2017
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Fantasy and Sci-Fi
Conclusion: 3/5
Apparently a lot of people have said that Scarlett Johansson is miscast in this and that she shouldn’t have taken the role on. Many have argued that it is an example of “whitewashing”. I thought she was perfectly well suited and did a fantastic job considering what a hard role she had. It was great to see Juliette Binoche take on a different role to her normal sort of work. All the action scenes were very spectacular. It was filmed in Wellington, New Zealand. This did remind me of the film Ex Machina, 2014 in many ways. There has already been an animation version of this film from 1995. In this new version there are several scenes that are exact in visual comparison with the original 1995 version. For example, some scenes in the city are exact re-creations of the original artwork. Some people who really loved the 1995 version may not be keen on this new interpretation. However I think it is a much better film than it could have been. A lot of thought has been put into it. It all could have gone horribly wrong. It is a watchable film but nothing special. This film fails to achieve the depth of meaning of Ex Machina. My conclusion is that in this film you see a lot of the shell, but I would have liked to have seen more of the ghost.


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