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)


    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.


    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.


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


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


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


    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.


    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.


    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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