Based on the manga series of the same name, Ghost in the Shell is about a time in the (not-so?) distant future where the lines between human and robot is becoming blurred. While most humans have started to give themselves “enhancements”, Major is quite unique. The first of her kind, she has a full robotic body with her brain being her only human part. Under Hanka Robotics, she becomes the perfect weapon.
As Major aches to learn more about her past, she learns that the people who created her may not be who she believes they are.
Since I have never seen the original film, I never really paid close attention to the controversy that surrounded this film. Aside from knowing that this was well-loved and well-known as a Japanese series and that there was “white-washing” involved, I didn’t really know anything about the actual plot of the story.
With that in mind, I walked into the theatre ready to immerse myself into a world I knew nothing about.
The visuals were stunning, the effects were great. Definitely a solid 10/10 in that aspect. But when it came to the actual acting, I was pretty underwhelmed. I understand that Scarlett was playing a robot, but she wasn’t really? The purpose of her being a “ghost in the shell” is the fact that despite her having all these abilities and advancements, inside, she was still human. I don’t know if this was her portrayal of the character but her acting as a robot in turn made her acting feel very … flat. Her expressionless facials throughout the movie made it very easy to dismiss her storyline and focus on the background plots.
Hell, favorites in the movie were Batou and Beat played by Pilou Asbæk and Takeshi Kitano respectively and they barely had lines!
Overall, if you walk into the theatre with no expectations and judgements, it’s an enjoyable movie.
Overall rating: 3/5.