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DreamWorks' long-awaited live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell is finally moving forward, after spending years in development, with Scarlett Johansson coming aboard back in January to star. Deadline reports that Maleficent and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies star Sam Riley is in early talks to play the primary villain, known as The Laughing Man. If his deal is finalized, he will join a cast that also includes Pilou Asbæk.
Ghost in the Shell is based on the beloved Japanese anime created by Masamune Shirow, centering on a covert ops unit for Hanka Robotics entitled Section 9. The unit specializes in stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, led by The Laughing Man (Sam Riley), whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka's advancements in cyber technology. The original series spawned a number of anime movies such as Ghost In The Shell (1996), Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004), Ghost in the Shell »
Nearly a full year after Scarlett Johansson signed on to star in DreamWorks Pictures' live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, the supporting cast is starting to fill out. Variety reports that Pilou Asbæk, who co-starred with Scarlett Johansson in last year's action blockbuster Lucy, has signed on to co-star in the anime adaptation. The site reports that the actor will portray Batou, described as the best fighter in the section and second in command in the army.
Ghost in the Shell is based on the beloved Japanese anime, centering on a covert ops unit for Hanka Robotics entitled Section 9. The unit specializes in stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, led by The Laughing Man whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka's advancements in cyber technology. The original series spawned a number of anime movies such as Ghost In The Shell (1996), Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence »
Stars: Bruce Willis, Ambyr Childers, Thomas Jane, Bryan Greenberg, Johnathon Schaech, Charlotte Kirk, Brett Granstaff, Ryan O’Nan, David Gordon, Colin Egglesfield, Cameron Brexler, Jesse Pruett, Tyler Jon Olson, Don Harvey, Lydia Hull | Written by Andre Fabrizio, Jeremy Passmore | Directed by Brian A. Miller
Take one part The Matrix, one part Surrogates and mix in a dash of video gmae Mirror’s Edge and you have Vice, a Cyberpunk action flick that – for older film fans like myself – plays as little more than a modern-day clone of Westworld and its sequel; which also shares a lot in common with the likes of Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell sequel Innocence.
Designed by Julian Michaels (Willis), Vice is the ultimate resort where anything goes, allowing customers to play out their wildest fantasies and fulfil their deepest, darkest desires with artificial inhabitants who look, think and feel like real humans. Things »
- Phil Wheat
In the science-fiction non-thriller “Vice,” Bruce Willis plays the CEO of a futuristic resort where perfectly human-looking androids exist to fulfill their clients’ deepest, darkest desires — none of which, it can safely be said, involve watching movies as relentlessly mediocre as this one. Reminiscent of any number of haunting, visionary sources — from Ridley Scott’s seminal “Blade Runner” to Mamoru Oshii’s sex-dolls-with-souls anime “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence” — this disposable Lionsgate cheapie should pass through theaters as swiftly as it fades from the memory.
Should audiences require some lighthearted relief from “American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s serious-minded portrait of the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history, they could probably do worse than “Vice,” which boasts some of the most astoundingly incompetent assassins in the action-pic annals: Fleeing from her pursuers in one hail of machine-gun fire after another, Kelly (Amber Childyrs) never fails to emerge miraculously unscathed. »
- Justin Chang
4 items from 2015
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