Review – Ghost in the Shell (2017)

by Taylor Lunsford

‘Ghost In The Shell’ is a remake from internationally acclaimed futuristic Japanese hit in 1995, directed by Mamoru Oshi of the same name and based on Masamune Shirow manga published in 1989. I just saw it yesterday morning and in it’s first 10 minutes, I was starting to think that this could be one of the best, visually impressive dystopian sci-fi films ever put onscreen. The film has a vibe of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece, Blade Runner, with the aura of The Wachowski Brothers’, The Matrix . It’s hard not to think of some other films we’ve seen in the past years that touch on the same subject as this movie, but Rupert Sanders was able to find ways to continuously make it seem new to us.

The year is set in 2019: Major (played terrifically by Scarlett Johansson) is a female human-android and being called the first of her kind, designed to kill world’s most dangerous criminals. Major has mind and soul, she was told that she was saved from a terrific accident and only her brain survived. She is having visions, memories from her past that led her to the truth why she was brought to Hanka, a corporation that develop state-of-the-art robotics.

Scarlett Johansson’s work as Major is the key of ‘Ghost In The Shell.’ The film had been receiving controversial reactions after casting white actors to play Japanese manga characters. I gotta say, Johannson is perfect for the role. Her intelligence and physicality makes her ideal for the character. Has there been a better actress who can play Major as good as Johansson’s? Don’t think so. Her creation was fully detailed in the film as well as similar shots we’ve seen in the original anime film. This year’s ‘Ghost In The Shell’ is meticulously done by the team behind its exquisite production design, jaw-dropping visual effects, as well as the action set pieces. The supporting cast gives impressive performances, too. But that doesn’t end there, the film succeeds not just in giving us eye-popping special effects, but the soul it offers us.

Major doesn’t have a heart, but has feelings and emotions that Scarlett Johansson possesses in the character that makes the audience care for her character. We care about her past and audiences join in on uncovering it, and that’s one of the reasons why this film feels refreshing. It’s easy to say that you’ve seen something like this movie before, but after seeing the actual package and the world they created, it feels insanely unique and exciting.

Overall, ‘Ghost In The Shell’ is a highly entertaining sci-fi movie, bristled with new ideas, amazing performances, and astounding visual effects.

I am giving the film a 4 out of 5 Hairpieces

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