Director: Rupert Sanders
Screenwriter: Jamie Moss
Director of Photography: Jess Hall
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Takashi Kitano, Juliette Binoche
Synopsis: A woman assigned a synthetic body by a government agency hunts for a terrorist who hacks into people’s minds, ascertaining his true identity and uncovering a terrible secret about her life in the process.
Ghost in the Shell Review:
A blockbuster built on the bite and brainpower of great science fiction, “Ghost in the Shell” glides into theatres with the same force as Mamoru Oshii’s classic anime, making sense of an innately perplexing story through a complex process of translation. Wading its way through the compactness of the original text and adapting it with thinner blood but thicker visuals, the film engages a new audience with its extravagant set pieces, holding the interest of both fans and newcomers while a more comprehensible narrative reveals the tragic backstory of a replicant race whose bodies were discarded for the sake of human advancement.
Sharing a crucial parallel with Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner,” the movie assesses the cost of technological progress as heroes and villains swap sides after the abused discover their place within a larger system of oppression. Utilising some of the most exciting Sci-Fi storytelling since Roy Batty delivered his heart-breaking ‘Tears in Rain’ speech upon a rainy rooftop, “Ghost in the Shell” demonstrates a clear awareness of all that came before it, including emotive prototypes like “I, Robot” and “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” which seep into the framework of this latest adaptive venture like hot candle wax.
A rare treat on the remake market with visuals that pre-millennial audiences thought unimaginable in its original format, “Ghost in the Shell” is a film of artificial grace with an ultramodern aesthetic that’s rendered flawlessly on-screen by a team of experts. Made to be dynamic and immersive with arresting holograms and endless stylistic vibrancy, the movie thrives off the potential of its high-tech source material and Rupert Sanders’ artistic confidence rarely backfires in scenes meshing copycat imagery with an upgraded emotional palette. If Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” can match the zest and proficiency of this movie then it’ll be the futuristic masterpiece of the year.