In the near future, Major Mira Killian is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.
A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
In the near future, Major Mira Killian (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible terrorist attack, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major Killian is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major Killian discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others.Written by
In an establishing shot of the city, a Pan Am advert can be seen in the top left. The bankrupt airlines inclusion is a reference to Blade Runner (1982) which also had an in-film advert for them. See more »
When Cutter confronts Aramaki in his office from across the desk, Cutter's hands don't match. When the camera is behind Cutter, his hands are balled up and he is leaning on the desk on his knuckles. When the camera is behind Aramaki, Cutter's hands are flat and he is leaning on the desk with his fingers straight. See more »
Oxygen levels are dropping... Brain function normal... Cerebral salvage ready to proceed... Robotic skeleton prepared and waiting for brain insertion... Initiate Project 2571...
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The first few seconds of each opening logo are trimmed. See more »
Middle Eastern releases of the film have the Major's thermal optic camouflage suit recolored black. See more »
I will review this movie as a stand alone and not as part of a GitS universe. There is no need to tell a long time fan something about this and it might even be impossible to write an accurate review for a fan. For someone who doesn't know the 90s anime or all the other stuff, comparisons doesn't matter anyway.
This movie is set in a future where cyber enhancement has become the norm and this opens up the questions of ethics and moral. One of the questions is: What is real and what not? The body can be altered, even replaced, as can memories and personalities. What are the consequences of this possibilities?
The next question is: Where is the border between human and robot? What makes a human human? And at what point is a human no longer master of his own life?
This are quite philosophical questions and the movie can't give answers. It can only make the viewer think.
One other question is: If companies control the technology, what rights do they have, and what power? Can they experiment with human bodies? Do they have the right to make decisions over this cyber enhanced humans?
Today we are at the very beginning of this development. Making this questions a topic now is quite important. We asked them too late when other technology was introduced in the past. (Like when companies started to control our food or our medicine.)
Some people complain about a movie that is set in Japan but has nearly no Asian actor in a major role. I don't know if that's important in an sci-fi, action movie, set in a future where all kinds of body modifications are possible. This movie was set up for a world wide audience and it doesn't change the story where the lead actor comes from. That's just the business side of the business. Maybe that's not good, but we all know that the name of the lead sells at least half of the tickets.
Visually this movie is great. The acting is good, not great. The cast plays well. Johansson plays it cool or reserved. She played a robot with a human brain and no memory of the past. Her new life, the only life she knows, is that of an agent. The fact that the story doesn't tell all the details from the beginning equals the fact that the characters know very little themselves. They know little about the attacker, Major knows nothing about her past. And the fact that she was reconstructed as a weapon makes it hard for her to be emotional. She has to get used to be human. She sees herself as an outsider.
This is a movie with not many words. There are no characters who talk a lot. Well this is not Dawson's Creek, it's a Sci-fi setting with a military/police environment. It is not a thriller where the main character has to discover a complex secret. We don't need Sherlock holmes, the story unfolds by the actions of the attacker. The philosophical or moral questions are what's interesting, not the crimes.
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