Ghost In The Shell

Movie:  Ghost In The Shell

Rating:  3 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:   In the near future, robotics technology has advanced to such a degree that many people pay to have their bodies “enhanced” in some way.  The line between humans and cyborgs is getting pretty blurred.  In the case of a young woman near death from a traumatic accident, Dr. Ouelet (Juliette Binoche) is able to save her life utilizing cybernetic technology.  But all that is left of her humanity is her brain; the rest of her is a full body prosthesis.  Her name is Major (Scarlett Johansson), and she is chosen to be a part of an elite special ops police task force known as Section 9.

There is a need for Section 9 in the overcrowded and corrupt city of Niihama, Japan.  Greedy corporations wield enormous power, and tech crime is rampant.  One corporation, Hanka, is targeted by a mysterious hooded figure known as Kuze (Michael Pitt) who kills to satisfy an agenda known only to himself.  Major, assisted by her able partner Batou (Pilou Asbaek), are soon on the trail of the mysterious terrorist that leads them to places totally unexpected.

This is a futuristic film noir in the tradition of Blade Runner.  The city is dark and vastly over-populated with skyscrapers sprouting like mushrooms everywhere.  The characters originated in Japanese manga books, and evolved into television and movies.  While the plot is not always obvious (or especially relevant), the action is brisk and special effects plentiful.  Sci Fi fans will not be disappointed.  Scarlett Johansson is currently the premiere female action hero in films today.

Mini Trailers:  Reference to Major – “I don’t think of her as a machine.  I think of her as a weapon.”

Kuze – “Cooperate with Hanka Robotics and be destroyed.”

Section 9 Chief to Major – “You are more than just a weapon.  You have a soul in a ghost.”

Dr. Ouelet to Major – “You’re not invulnerable.  I can repair the body, but I can’t protect the mind.”

Section 9 Chief – “Don’t send a rabbit to kill a fox.”

“My name is Major and I give my consent.”

That’s Odd Dept:  For such a huge city there really isn’t much traffic at all….

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