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: Hollywood, CA :, Paramount Pictures,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE GHO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
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1957Rick
Oct 14, 2017

I've not read any of the comics, so my assessment is untainted. I thought the film was simply superb. Scarlett Johansson was mesmerizing. The story was a good story that was well worth watching. The special affects and the choreographing were great.

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booksmile
Oct 10, 2017

I'd recommend ANY other adaptation of the comics: the multiple anime shows and movies are all richer and more vibrant than this movie version. (And less problematic in their casting).

Problems I had with this version:
the grayed out colors, turning Major into basically a child instead of a long-term military/police professional, displacing her strong adult friendships with her colleagues with a mother-type relationship with the cybernetic scientist, the lack of focus and meaning to the landscapes and framing ("there's a lot going on in this city shot but I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be looking at?"), literal lack of color, basically a simplification of everything from characters backstories to coworker friendships to politics, etc.

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trevordunfordswife
Oct 10, 2017

Disappointing. Could have been a good movie but wound up being a cross between Robocop & Blade Runner plus something else I can't identify...also, what was up with Major's voice - you couldn't make out what she was saying half of the time?! Just annoying when a good plotline falls flat - see something else instead and don't waste your time.

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JackamoJames
Oct 02, 2017

garbage..slow,makes no sense...total disappointment

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myamber
Sep 28, 2017

This is an okay movie, I want buy it but its OK to rent from the library.

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rslade
Sep 25, 2017

Sorry, just does not make a lot of sense ...

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llenar52
Sep 22, 2017

Ok, it's sci-fi....not what I expected. I just thought it was okay, but could have been better.

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danomcd
Sep 13, 2017

What else can be added to the many comments listed below that I also agree with. The soul of the story has been lost in this translation to real life action. While a lot of the CGI and special effects are amazing the story basically a cheap rip off of Robocop. There is no complexity in the dialogue or the story. There is no character development or storyline progression - the entire movie basically comes across like someone is trying to cherry pick favourite scenes from the graphic novel but not link them together.

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Vrouk
Sep 09, 2017

Average, bland, uninspired, monotone.... That is not how you should be describing a Ghost in the Shell movie, but it is. Scarlett was awful. Probably her worst acting performance ever. Her voice was weak, for some reason, and the Major is not weak, even when dealing with catastrophic events. Some odd casting choices, but the choice for Batou grew on me. He surprised me as being the only interesting character there. The cast is multi-ethnic, but that's in keeping with how the characters look in the Anime and Manga. It's a future Tokyo and it would be multi-ethnic. But the scenes start and then end; there's no real transition between them. There is no flow or rhythm to the movie. The action scenes were bland and the fact they were fighting cybernetically enhanced people didn't really factor into the fights, which could've been innovative and unique. Instead, it's just a bar fight. It had some nice visuals, but anything not DIRECTLY from the source material fell flat on its face.

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Quetzlzacatenango
Sep 08, 2017

What a disappointment. I hoped this would be a great opportunity to expand and update the ideas expressed in the source materials. Unfortunately, they did not. Yes, it looks great but the best moments are lifted (poorly) from the original anime. The complex plot and themes have been pared down to a government conspiracy and a last minute love story. Forced dramatic moments litter the movie with no emotional impact because they didn't bother to develop the characters. All this is pushed along by terribly written dialogue interspersed with unnecessary gun battles. Sure there's a lot of nods to the anime but if you're a fan I would not recommend this movie unless you want to yell at your TV a lot.

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jimg2000
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.
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We cling to memories as if they define us, but... they really don't. What we do is what defines us.
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For visual quotes on the striking locations in Hong Kong and New Zealand, there are many in the net. Here are two I like:
http://www.atlasofwonders.com/2017/03/ghost-in-shell-filming-locations.html
http://www.quasilocalhk.com/burningquestions/hong-kong-locations-ghost-in-the-shell/

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