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Ghost in the Shell a visual stunner with nothing new or interesting to say
By Rouén Robinson
Apr 16, 2017 - 7:00:53 PM

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In the near future a perfect solider is designed by placing the brain of a terrorist victim into an android body. When a new type of cyber terrorism is on the rise it is the job of this unique soldier and the special unit she is a part of to combat this threat to the current status quo.

Major Mira Killian is a cyborg super-soldier consisting of a human brain housed in an artificial body and as she comes to terms with her current situation she finds herself plagued by glitches in her memory. Chief Daisuke Aramaki is the head of Section 9, the anti-terrorist bureau tasked with handling the cyber attacks that have been on the rise in the futuristic world. Dr. Ouelet is the designer of Mira’s artificial body at the Hanka Robotics corporation and feels responsible for any trouble she may be having in adapting to her new way of life. Hideo Kuze is a cyber terrorist targeting employees of Hanka Robotics due to a past trauma that they are all connected to and may have to do with his shared memories with Mira.

Ghost In The Shell is a marvelous feast for the eye to behold, but it is a needlessly convoluted story for the brain to comprehend. The main problem with this live action version based on the anime franchise is that it chooses to cherry pick from different story-lines in its history without properly connecting them. What we get are some breathtaking visuals taken out of context that work great for a trailer but are completely out of place for a cohesive narrative. Scarlett Johansson is actually very un-sexy in this production where she decides to badly act like a robot which completely misses the point of the character she is trying to portray. Rupert Sanders is able to give us the world we were hoping to see with the help of cinematographer Jess Hall, but is not able to successfully give us the characters who should be inhabiting it. For a follower of the franchise this will be just a little bit better than the live action Avatar The Last Airbender and for those just being introduced to the world this will be on the level of Johnny Mnemonic.

I rate this movie a rating of 2 out of 5.

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Rouén Robinson has been an avid moviegoer since childhood and has been critiquing motion pictures for almost a decade. He has been a film critic for The Cinemas on Tempo and was a judge for FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island, an off shoot of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). Rouén lives in Grand Bahama and can be reached at redr1976@icloud.com and on Twitter @thereelrouen

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