Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

DVD - 2017
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In the near future, Major 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. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Paramount, [2017]
Branch Call Number: GHO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in
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Library_Jill Jan 12, 2018

A visually impressive addition to the Ghost in the Shell franchise, this entry--while telling a new story--keeps very true to the themes that underlie all of the Ghost in the Shell incarnations. I grant that some of my enjoyment of the movie is probably nostalgic, but I loved that they took pains to incorporate a myriad of little nods--and a few big ones--to its franchise siblings, without just recreating one of the existing stories. I also appreciated that there were in-story explanations for concerns I heard voiced after the trailer dropped, such as Batou's eyes, and the Major's ethnicity.

Jan 11, 2018

wow was that a disappointment! Casting has to take a hit here, this film was not for Johanson and it showed, not her best work. Noomi Rapace should have gotten this role. Too bad it misses the mark

Jan 03, 2018

Its is a pretty interesting movie. I realized that what the movie is trying to tell us is to warn us that the technology nowadays is very high-tech that in the future it will rule over us and we can not control it anymore. The CG is pretty good, and Scarlett Johansson is bad-ass. Overall, the movie is worth-to-watch if you want to see an action-flick movie.

Dec 30, 2017

Without Scarlett Johansson this would just be another martial arts / CGI movie.
The opportunity to see Scarlett Johansson nearly nude in several scenes really doesn't make
up the for the lack of plot, bad CGI and exploitation of the tech industry.
I mean really, the holograms are rampant along with eye blistering CGI graphics that constantly run in the background of every scene.
Okay, in the vast future we can teleport our minds & send holographic images across dimensions, and create life like sensient beings but we still use gun powder to propel metal projectiles called bullets out of a clunky hand held gun in the future? And still miss out targets again and again and again, yawn ;-O.
This film is a Scarlet Johansen vehicle funded by the emerging enterprises of Chinese hollywood backers. If you want to see an over-the-top CGI martial arts film, this is for you. If you otherwise want to see Scarlett Johanssn in epic roles watch: "Lucy" or "Under The Skin".

Dec 18, 2017

Slower paced in some parts but still an action movie. Not my type of movie though. Not my choice of topic for an action movie. Just didn't do it for me!

Nov 29, 2017

Ghost in a Shell does a better job of making a live action version of the anime than I would have expected. As many other reviewers stated, the movie is visually amazing. If you are a fan of Cyberpunk dystopian futures, you will love the overall look of this movie. Aside from that, there isn't anything amazing about this adaptation. It isn't epic or mindblowing, but it is good, and that's good enough for me to enjoy it. If you twisted my arm for a complaint, I would say that it was kinda of 'meh'. The GITS manga was released almost 30 years ago, and the anime was released more than 20 years ago. The story is also something we've seen before: Cyborg super soldier discovers their mysterious origins are tied to a current case they're working on. That isn't bad, its just not new. The overall movie would have benefitted immensely if it was rated R instead of PG.

Nov 24, 2017

I like that it was first based on an anime/manga.

Nov 10, 2017

Lackluster adaptation of anime -- some visual spectacle, but everything feels secondhand and sluggishly imitative. The director seems to feel that Johansson's body in a skin-tight iPhone-inspired sheath will provide some cohesion to the movie, and so doesn't worry much about things like plot, character development, or dialogue, all of which are rudimentary and pilfered from other, better movies.

Nov 09, 2017

Very good. Let's hope that inserting human brains into robots won't really come to pass.

I also hope that Johansson won't let herself be typecast as a robot or superhuman. She seems to be on her way to doing just that, if past history is any indication.

Very interesting story.

AL_TIEGAN Oct 30, 2017

Visually stunning! Based on an anime, this movie features a cool commentary on society's relationship with technology. There is a dystopian science fiction feel to this movie - set in Japan with holographic advertisements at every turn (I think I would go crazy living in this city) and people who enhance themselves in various ways with technology. The Hanka Corporation is experimenting by inserting human brains in robots - the person lives on, but the body is no longer fragile and is the pinnacle of beauty. At least, that is the dream. There is an interesting commentary on if society really is headed to a future like this..

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Sep 08, 2017

Find many memorable quotes in IMDb already, these two in particular:

You are more than just a weapon. You have a soul... a ghost. When we see our uniqueness as a virtue, only then will we find peace.
We cling to memories as if they define us, but... they really don't. What we do is what defines us.
For visual quotes on the striking locations in Hong Kong and New Zealand, there are many in the net. Here are two I like:

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