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‘Ghost In The Shell’ Review: A Visual Treat

03 Apr 2017 | By Kanzayua | @Kanzayua79
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Ghost In The Shell Movie Review

Underneath its visually stunning world, Ghost in the Shell is drab.

After turns as an extraterrestrial seductress in Under the Skin, a futuristic computer operating system in Her, and a next-generation supercomputer in Lucy, Scarlett Johansson’s latest sci-fi role has her suited up (or down) as an AI cyborg.

Ghost in the Shell which is directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is based on a 90’s Japanese manga of the same name. The film is set in a technologically advanced world and follows the story of Major Motoko Kusanagi. After a horrific attack leaves her severely damaged and on the brink of death, she is picked by Hanka Robotics as a test subject for their secretive augmentative technology experiment.

Ghost In The Shell Movie Review

Her brain is transferred into an indestructible shell and she is equipped with new, enhanced skills that will be put to use as a field commander in the counterterrorism force Section 9. Her job is to hunt down the world’s most dangerous criminals.

Hollywood has had a rotten time with anime and manga adaptations over the past few years – and deservedly so, because they just can’t get them right. Die-hard fans have complained that they have failed to capture the heart and soul of the source materials. And general audiences have for the most part stayed away from these movies as evidenced by the box office bombs that were Speed Racer (2008), Dragonball Evolution (2009), and Spike Lee’s Oldboy (2013). The best adaption I have seen so far has to be Edge of Tomorrow (2014) with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. But what camp does Ghost in the Shell fit in?

Ghost In The Shell Movie Review

Ghost in the Shell is visually breathtaking, the clean-cut scenes feel like they are straight out of a glossy magazine. The movie is packed with well-executed action scenes that are shot beautifully using inventive camera angles and perfectly choreographed with the musical score. With a bumper budget of $110 million, I expected nothing less.

But underneath its visually stunning world, Ghost in the Shell is drab. During a lot of the scenes where Major tries to reconcile her human past with her robotic present, I found myself sliding into my seat with boredom. The final battle is quite pedestrian too.

See this in the theatre if you love action-packed, stylish films but prepare yourself for some disappointment around the storyline.

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