Ghost in the Shell (2017) Friday, 03 April 2020

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Science fiction themes, violence and stylised nudity.

  • The pitch:

    Scarlett Johansson is Major.

  • Starring:

    Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara

  • Directed by:

    Rupert Sanders

  • Running time:

    106 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A man hangs himself. People are shot, kicked, punched, flipped, thrown through the air/against walls, dragged, throat-grabbed, beaten/smashed with objects, dragged, ghost-hacked, shoved, mobbed, tasered, held at gunpoint, headbutted, handcuffed, stabbed, face-grabbed, blinded, possessed, pursued, imprisoned, straight-jacketed, restrained, strung up, sedated. Truck hits car, vehicle rollover, helicopter shot down. Explosions, grenade thrown, burning objects, bridge/building collapse. MMA fighting on bar tables. Shootouts (many). Butchering sides of meat (market stall) seen. Boat sunk by terrorists, Yakuza mentioned. Screaming, yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Corpses. Surgical procedures performed on open chest/arms/head (brain/blood/sinew/flesh/muscle/tissue/surgical equipment seen); drilling in neck. Implants in heads, necks, foreheads, eyes; tubes removed/inserted into implants. Brain transplant, nerve fibres, scars, glassy/milky/red/bloodshot eyes, gashes/tears on skin, burn scars. Face panels are opened/removed; machinery inside skin seen. Fragments fall away from skin, missing limbs. Bodies in giant body bags. Bullet holes in people/vehicles. Patients on hospital tables, oxygen mask.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Caressing, hugging. Nude female, female in nude bodysuit/tight-fitting wetsuit (genitals obscured). Exotic dancing. Women in skimpy clothing, shirtless men. Prostitutes on street corner.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Anti-rejection serum injected into neck. Woman sedated. Alcohol (beer, cocktails). Smoking (cigar, cigarettes). Club setting.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-word, a-word, p*ss. Name-calling (murderer, freak, etc). Religious references (Buddhist monks) and exclamations (my God). Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES:

    Cybernetics, hacking, identity, betrayal, surveillance, robots, geishas, enhancements, glitches, coding, invisibility, experiments, memory, suppression, the future, counterterrorsim.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead colleague. Dead parents, dead daughter (suicide), drowning mentioned. Cemetery setting. Fish, dogs, cat, jellyfish, pigeons. Helicopters, spider-shaped tank. Urination. Flashing/strobe lights, fast-paced editing. Some Japanese language (subtitles). Based on the manga comic The Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Smart, hard-lacquered, pulse-quickening, stunning, fast, flashy, ravishing, exciting, driving, furious, multi-national, exhilarating, soulful, slinky, cyberpunk, eye-popping, cool, seductive, opulent. Other-wordly/resolute/gorgeous/supple performance by Scarlett Johansson, demented shootouts, dazzling/detailed production design, fabulous/innovative costumes, exquisite introductory images, glossy/glassy/cutting-edge cinematography, balletic stunts, propulsive/disquieting score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Second-hand, familiar, recycled. Tangled plotting, shallow/cliched storytelling, some kitschy/over-busy/over-digitised effects, perfunctory/routine action sequences, sellout ending, so-so dialogue.

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