Review: Ghost In The Shell
If you liked: The Matrix Series, Total Recall and Ghost In The Shell (Anime Series)
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2017 has been a very good year for films thus far. With Logan and Get Out sweeping the cinemas in March, many have been eagerly anticipating the release of Rupert Saunders’ Ghost In The Shell starring Hollywood’s very own Scarlett Johansson.
It was interesting to say the least.
Saunders’ adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s critically acclaimed 1989 anime of the same name, was always going to be risky. Film’s such as DragonBall: Evolution (2009) for example, have not fared well with making the anime to real life conversion. With that in mind Ghost in The Shell was a good attempt to replicate the anime’s original essence.
Scarlett Johansson plays the robotic heroine “The Major” who defeats criminals with her human mind and robotic body, granted by Hanka Robotics, on the streets of 21st Century Japan. Despite her success, she still feels incomplete. She wants to know about her life as a human prior to her transformation. She has questions that require answers. Thus the film focuses on The Major’s “Ghost In The Shell” (pun intended) through an array of trials and tribulations until the answers she sought after are revealed. Is it good or bad? Well you will have to watch the film to find out that question!
With a budget of over $120 Million, the production was stunning. Watching it in 3D, even the small features of the film, things out of focus or on the side of the screen etc., were crystal clear and allowed you to feel like you were part of the film itself. I hope this will translate in the 2D Screenings too, but that is not certain.
The storyline was a little predictable. Without giving away any spoilers, the film’s narrative is very linear. There’s no Red herring to put you off or mislead you, you could almost predict the next step in the story. Most of the time any assumptions were accurate. It made the film just that little bit predictable – especially since the storyline isn’t as exciting. Action scenes made up for the lack of story though.
Overall, Ghost In the Shell is solid piece of work. Go to the cinema with your friends to see it, have a laugh & enjoy the 21st Century cinematics at its finest. 3/5 Stars.