In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human 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 her life was stolen instead of saved. Now, she will stop at nothing to recover her past while punishing those who did this to her.
Upon going to see this movie, I knew absolutely nothing about the Ghost in the Shell franchise other than that it was an Anime that was released back in the 90’s about a cybernetically enhanced lady.
I didn’t know if I was actually going to like this to be honest, or whether or not it was actually going to be good either, going on how other Anime-to-Live-Action adaptations have gone in the past, re: Dragon Ball Evolution and Speed Racer–both terrible, save yourself the time and don’t watch them, and if you have done so already: I’m sorry, you’ll never get those valuable hours back. In saying that, Ghost in the Shell has completely broken that chain of links, and I can say confidently that this was a great movie!
In this future world, we have a place where everyone has cybernetic enhancements, whether it be eyes, hands, liver, you name it. But what makes Major so different, is that she is completely synthetic–everything about her is artificial, except for her brain, which is where the movie gets it’s title from as her brain is the Ghost and her body is the Shell, which is very clever in my opinion. As the first of her kind, the company that created her uses her as a weapon, an assassin if you will, and she is used to go around stopping crimes. It’s from one of these crimes that Major is intercepting we learn of the big bad of the movie and Major goes on the hunt to stop The Puppet Master at any costs. Throughout the movie though, we see that Major is glitching, seeing things that aren’t really there, and she is also secretly on a mission to find out what these images are and where they come from, which she finds answers via The Puppet Master. I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t delve much further into the story.
The movie is visually stunning–breathtaking graphics and CGI which meld real nice with the world they’re in. It’s incredible to see so much CGI in the movie, but not have it interfere with the experience of the movie or the world they are in–there wasn’t one part of the movie where I felt the CGI was lacking or any other instances where I was broken away from the trance I was in throughout watching the movie. The only negative I might have to say is that there was a lot of bright flashing images throughout the movie and many a scene where I found myself turning my head away, the lights were that bright, if I didn’t look away, I felt I would have been blinded.
I’d like to through in there a little about the whole ‘whitewashing’. The character is a robot, that was originally Japanese, now put into a synthetic body. I think if out get hung over over something so petty as this, you’ve nothing better to be worrying about. There were a few ethnicity’s portrayed throughout the movie, also this is set in the future, where I like to think that things like racial problems would be a thing of the past. That’s just my 2 cents on the matter.
Overall it was an excellent movie and it didn’t disappoint. There were a few instances where I got some Matrix vibes too, which was pretty cool. It definitely exceeded my expectations of what I thought the movie was going to be like and I definitely think I’ll be getting my hands on a copy of the original ’95 movie to watch!
Have you seen Ghost in the Shell yet? What did you think of the movie? Or if you haven’t: do you think you’ll go see it? 🙂