Review : Ghost in the Shell

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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.”

Amidst all the scandal and issues surrounding this movie, and after all the editorials I myself have written about it, I’m really going to try and just review this movie as a movie. And mehh. Lets start with the positives, this movie is gorgeous to look at. This movie if it does nothing else, does truly capture the visual essence of the manga and more so anime that it is based on. The city, to the costuming, to the lighting is all ripped straight out of the anime of the past. However, visually is really as close as this movie gets to the Ghost in the Shell property that it is based on, and thats a real bummer if thats what you were hoping for (like me). If you’re not really a fan or familiar with the source material, you might find things a bit more interesting, but this movie just has a kind of shallowness to it and that lack of depth isn’t something that this property on a whole is known for. The action is solid, and they do recreate many of the signature shots or sequences from the anime that you may also know, and its really nice to see these moments, but they stand out to me as few and far between because of how shallow the rest of the narrative here is. If this movie didn’t have the Ghost in the Shell badge on it, it would probably float up a bit higher, but even without it, this still wouldn’t be a great movie. All in all Ghost in the Shell in this newest iteration is a slow and shallow replica of a much deeper and beloved property and while it can compare visually, it can’t in any other way.

Review Score : 5 out of 10

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