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Ghost in the Shell (2017)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi | 31 March 2017 (USA)
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In the near future, Major Mila 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.

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Rupert Sanders

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Shirow Masamune (based on the comic "The Ghost in the Shell" by), Jamie Moss (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scarlett Johansson ... Major
Pilou Asbæk ... Batou
Takeshi Kitano ... Aramaki (as 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano)
Juliette Binoche ... Dr. Ouelet
Michael Pitt ... Kuze (as Michael Carmen Pitt)
Chin Han ... Togusa
Danusia Samal ... Ladriya
Lasarus Ratuere ... Ishikawa
Yutaka Izumihara ... Saito
Tawanda Manyimo Tawanda Manyimo ... Borma
Peter Ferdinando ... Cutter
Anamaria Marinca ... Dr. Dahlin
Daniel Henshall ... Skinny Man
Mana Hira Davis Mana Hira Davis ... Bearded Man (as Mana Davis)
Erroll Anderson Erroll Anderson ... Hanka Security Agent
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Storyline

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 ahmetkozan

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They did not save your life. They stole it.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, suggestive content and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

31 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost in the Shell See more »

Filming Locations:

Wellington, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,676,033, 31 March 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,533,014, 19 May 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,246,659, 11 April 2017
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Geisha robots wore full head masks created by Weta Workshop and modeled after Japanese actress Rila Fukushima. The opening or 'exploding' of the geishas' heads was mechanical rather than CGI. See more »

Goofs

During interrogation Kuze removes half of Major's robotic face, and her hair falls over the exposed left eyeball. He then replaces the half-face without first brushing this hair out of the way, yet in the next shot she looks perfectly normal. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Ouelet: 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 title appears on screen twice. Once during the creation of the Major and again at the end of the opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Middle Eastern releases of the film have the Major's thermal optic camouflage suit recolored black. See more »

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Hulchal Aour Sarmagee
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Ghost in the shell for dummies
26 March 2017 | by dmanchonSee all my reviews

Maybe I had my hopes too high for this one. Like many other fans of the original material, this adaptation has intrigued me since the first trailers were available online, because it really looked nice visually, but, Is this movie worth to be part of the GitS universe?

  • Short answer: Not really. Not even nice try.


  • Long answer: The cinematography its truly remarkable, it somehow reproduce the atmosphere of the original anime, the decaying, depressing, dark megalopolis is correctly reproduced here (despite the giant weird advertisements that are spread around, that doesn't really make any sense, and didn't appear in the anime, what are they trying to sell?), the costumes, robots, and the general look and feel of the characters are quite satisfying and solid. The music is not bad at all, includes some of the original score and it work towards creating a dense and dark environment. The acting is standard, not bad at all. The script is.... ohhh boy, let me breath... to use nice words, the script seems to be written addressed to children or to very 'slow' people. All the rich complexity, all the mature and philosophical themes, all the sides of the story that the original material let out to be imagined by the viewer, all that is gone here. Here you can find a bland, generic script, that explain a generic origin story, that never tries to get into the philosophical or ethical implications of human body enhancements or AI. Where the characters are one-sided, good vs bad people. We are use to that over-simplification of a movie plot, since we sadly live in a world conquered by the 'marvel'/'batman' method of making a movie, where the plot should be simple and thin, the characters shouldn't have any grays and the action should be convoluted and confusing, full of minions to destroy for the sake of fill 100 minutes (well at least this adaptation has correct action scenes, that are easy to follow and most of the time are not annoying). To wrap up, a correct movie, that shines in the visual and action sides, but has a forgettable script and characters. It will probably perform good in the box office, and that worries me because what could come next, it will be really sad to see how they reduce Akira, Jin-roh, Evangelion or Cowboy bebbop to a generic action blockbuster without any of the things that made those stories great.


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