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A key distinction between the source material and the film is that the Major in this film has her original human brain, which has been transplanted into a cybernetic body. In the original film she is fully cybernetic, including her brain, with only her 'ghost' transferred from her original body. This is the core of her existential crisis in the original film, as she literally does not know if she is still the original 'soul'. This film does touch on that with the nature of wiped/rewritten memories, but there can be no argument about whether her 'ghost' is present as she still has her original brain. Not only does this undermine her existential crisis in THIS film, but it also removes the meaning of the film's title, as she is no longer JUST a 'Ghost in the Shell'. 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 »
Nice visuals, but very lacking in the storytelling department.
(If you are not familiar with the original material - like me:)
As any movie with a futuristic reality, the way such a reality is presented to you means a lot. This movie presents almost nothing, which makes it all quite dull in a sense. I won't spoil anything you can't read in the plot description, but if you are going to watch this, know this: In the first 2 minutes of this film, you will learn the following -
A woman damaged her body, they saved her by putting her brain into a robot. She's first of her kind; strong, fast and can use a gun. Skyline photos of Tokyo shows hologram commercials and flying cars (I think), and that's all you get.
That's literally all you get of an introduction to the reality of which this films take place, including the main character (Johansen) and her (complete lack of) story or personality. She plays an expressionless half-robot person that has some thoughts of her own but mainly does what her company tells her to do. Her face doesn't seem like she cares much, and since she doesn't, I don't.
Perhaps I'm being a bit harsh. The movie is visually very pretty, and there are a few good characters along the way, but I unfortunately found myself not caring one bit for anyone, or their "missions". Everything I saw, everything the characters said, and everything the characters were fighting for, meant nothing to me watching it. This - as mentioned - is for me largely because the main characters gets no pre-story, and not much character development throughout the movie either (she is basically a robot, so I guess it makes sense she doesn't change much.) The bad guy is the type that nobody really sees or knows who is until the end (another person we won't feel anything for or against, until perhaps the end), and a reality I am not properly introduced to (so I have no idea whether or not what I am seeing is "unusual" or "groundbreaking", "normal" or whatever). It's all just running, jumping, hitting, small talk, guns shooting, guy speaks Japanese, bad guy, finish.
This movie could have been so much better if they added 7 minutes in the beginning, showing us Mira (Scarlet Johansen) before she damaged her body and became mechanical. They could perhaps have made the good guys or the bad guys connected to the government or politics, and easily slipped in some society-defining information to the viewer. Don't we all love to dive into a new world or a futuristic society? Won't get much of a dive here. Instead, the two major parties involved in this movie is Mira and the unique, and borderlining criminal private company that made her (and thus a horrible representation of this reality/society), and a rogue criminal belonging to .. nobody. Put in a futuristic Tokyo you won't learn anything about. This movie is clearly made for the fans of the original stuff - as it is almost an insult to those that haven't. If not an insult, then just pure failure from the director who neglects so many storytelling aspects that today counts as "basic" in order to lay the ground work for a decent movie.
I gave it 4 stars for having some OK/cool supporting characters and pretty visuals but (nothing extraordinary), and you'll miss absolutely nothing by never putting this on.
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