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Scarlett Johansson stars in the visually stunning Ghost in the Shell, an action-packed adventure set in a future world where people are enhanced with technology. Believing she was rescued from near death, Major (Johansson) becomes the first of her kind: a human mind inside an artificial body designed to fight the war against cyber-crime. While investigating a dangerous criminal, Major makes a shocking discovery – the corporation that created her lied about her past life in order to control her. Unsure what to believe, Major will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery of her true identity and exact revenge against the corporation she was built to serve.
- 4K High Definition, English Dolby Atmos, French/Spanish/Portugese 5.1 Dolby Digital
- Hard-Wired Humanity: Making Ghost in the Shell
- Section 9: Cyber Defenders
- Man & Machine: The Ghost Philosophy
Scarlett Johansson as Major
Pilou Asbaek as Batou
Takeshi Kitano as Aramaki
Ghost in the Shell 4K blu ray
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Rupert Sanders
- Media Format : 4K
- Run time : 1 hour and 46 minutes
- Release date : July 25, 2017
- Actors : Scarlett Johansson, 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano, Michael Carmen Pitt, Pilou Asbaek, Chin Han
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : PARAMOUNT
- ASIN : B06XT6XTQQ
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,446 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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And it was a great story. I enjoyed it immensely.
I know it's wrong. So many people hate it!
But the world inside this movie is very nice looking and it's a pleasure to watch.
It is about 50% fair to the source material and I know many people will hate it for that reason alone, but if you want an extremely dumbed down and shortcut version of the original story, this is about as close to the mark as you will get.
Wish it came with more subtitles (i.e., Japanese) so I could watch with my Japanese friends who don't speak so much English, but I'm not sure what can really be done about that. Not a fault of the movie itself.
It seems to me like a lot of negative attention this movie received was based more so on the controversy surrounding its casting (more specifically, casting a white woman - Scarlett Johansson - in the lead rather than an Asian or Asian-American actress) rather than the quality of the film itself, but everyone is entitled to their opinion I guess. I'm not trying to say anyone was right or wrong in regards to the casting - the people criticizing the casting have a point that Hollywood does not make very diverse films, but at the same time I understand that movie studios and the people that help finance their films expect a Return on Investment (which is why they cast a well known and well liked actress like Johannson i.e. in hopes that more people would go to see the movie). The only reason I bring this up is to drive home the point that you should go into this film with an open mind and judge it based on the film/story itself (as opposed to judging it on the casting if you had/have a negative opinion on it).
The writing is awful right from the jump, with some laughably stilted and cliche dialogue in the opening where the major becomes a cyborg. Stereotypical generic evil corporate guy says something along the lines of "she will be a weapon for my corporation" and stereotypical soft-hearted scientist woman responds "no, you can't do that, she is a human being." It's laughable, like something spit out of a chatbot or written by a child, and it only gets worse from there. The performances are equally bad. Literally everyone in the movie seems palpably uninterested and bored with it and delivers their lines either robotically or with a sort of half serious tone.
Lastly, as nearly every other review has pointed out, the casting of the movie is borderline offensive. The movie is supposed to be set in Japan, but every other character in the film is black or caucasian. Not even the most ethnically homogeneous country on earth can escape Hollywood's obsession with forced "diversity" it seems. What's weird about this is that if you're set on doing it, why not just set the film in America or literally anywhere else? Almost everything else about the original setting was gutted, so why not change locales? For some reason (I wonder why?) the director specifically wants to show you a vision of near future Japan that's roughly 50% African.
Final verdict. Avoid this piece of trash, both because it's a bad movie and because Hollywood should be discouraged from looking across the pacific for old stories to remake and destroy now that the well of American classics has started to run dry.
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Scarlett Johanssen makes a great Major, giving the right level of detachment for her situation. Anybody that complains about having a non-asian actor for the role is talking utter nonsense. A Japanese woman's mind inhabits a generic female shell.
Beat Takashi is just about perfect as Aramaki, an old bad-ass that nobody gets the better of. Batou's story is in the background, but we see how he comes to get his signature eye mods. Saito has little screen time, but what he has is excellent. Togusa is perhaps underused, but generally this is very much The Major's story.
The visuals are awe-inspiring, seriously some of the best I have seen in getting across a vision of a tech-heavy future. Scenes from the source material are brought to life brilliantly. The accompanying soundtrack has shades of the original film, but is very much a dark, synthy, 80s inspired layer that adds great atmosphere to the film.
I went in expecting three stars, was very pleasantly surprised.
I must say, this is a very faithful adaptation of the original and the effects are simply stunning. The clarity of the BR conversion and the 3D rendering is also phenomenally good.
Amazon even refunded me the £2 difference in price so to get a 3D BR, 2D BR and an iTunes digital copy for £18 is a bargain IMO.
Great movie. Great transfer. Great package and great value!! Highly recommended.
That being said, I would have given it 4 stars instead of five because the aforementioned cognitive dissonance, but it is a very good film and therefore I gave it five. If you are unfamiliar with the existing canon, then it is a good film in its own right and you will not be disappointed.
If you want to dig deeper into the back story, start here and then progress to the rest of the works. Probably the best order is as follows:
Ghost in the shell Arise parts 1,2,3,4 - How the team was originally put together.
Ghost in the shell the movie - This is the animated movie hanging off the end of the Arise series.
Ghost in the shell original movie - this is what the film is roughly based upon.
Ghost in the shell anime season 1 - 26 episodes
Ghost in the shell 2: Innocence - This animated film sits nicely in the middle of the 2 animated seasons.
Ghost in the shall Manga - 3 volumes
Ghost in the shell anime season 2 - 26 episodes
All in all, a good film that can stand alone separately from the rest of the work, but just scratches the surface on a collection of work that is probably one of the best anime series ever made, and therefore best approached with an open mind if you are already a fan of GITS.