Review : Ghost in the Shell (2015)

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“In the year 2027, a year following the end of the non-nuclear World War IV, a bomb has gone off in Newport City, killing a major arms dealer who may have ties with the mysterious 501 Organization. Public Security official Daisuke Aramaki hires full-body cyber prosthesis user and hacker extraordinaire, Motoko Kusanagi, to investigate.”

In 1995, the original Ghost in the Shell movie made a huge splash on the way a lot of people viewed “anime” and what the animation medium could accomplish. 20 years later, the newest Ghost in the Shell movie is back on the big screen. This incarnation, formally tittles Ghost in the Shell : The new Movie, so i’m just going to use the tag 2015 of this one. The animation is in the classic style we know and love from all Ghost in the Shell properties past, but it does seem very so slightly more fluid to reflect its newness. This movie also doesn’t fail to bring the hard hitting action scenes the series is known for, but they do share the screen with equal parts story telling and drama. The movie does let down a bit in the story area, as the plot seems at times to be more convoluted than complex, and with the fast pace of the film, it can be hard to follow at times. The conclusion of the story does also leave something to be desired, but it is partially made up for by the call back to that 1995 film, in the last few minutes of this film. Ghost in the Shell fans will find a lot to like to here, where more casual fans of this type of animation might feel a bit over whelmed.

Review Score : 7.5 out of 10

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