Ghost in the Shell

In the future, Mira (Scarlett Johansson) wakes up with only her mind intact after an accident; using a cybernetic body, she is now part of a task force that’s trying to find out who’s hacking a powerful corporation. This live-action take in 3D on the original manga and the 1995 animated movie changes a few details and tries to complicate The Major’s background, yet still follows a predictable Hollywood formula without giving us something deeper to ponder. A few eye-popping visuals, and Johansson is obviously committed to her identity-relieved character… but a lackluster ride it is.

2017-U.S. 106 min. Color. Directed by Rupert Sanders. Comic Book: Masamune Shirow. Cast: Scarlett Johansson (Mira/The Major), ”Beat” Takeshi Kitano (Aramaki), Pilou Asbaek (Batou), Michael Pitt, Chin Han, Juliette Binoche… Michael Wincott.

Trivia: Margot Robbie was allegedly considered for the lead.

 

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