Ghost in the Shell
Release year: 2017
Director: Rupert Sanders
Screenwriter: Jamie Moss, William Wheeler, Ehren kruger, Shirow Masamune (based on the comic by)
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Chin han, Peter Ferdinando
In the near future, Major (Johansson) is the first with a human brain in an artificial body making her the perfect cyborg soldier. As she and her team start chasing a killer (Pitt) targeting the team behind Major, she discovers things that makes her question who she is and who she was.
Visually stunning while you are dragged into a milieu of neon, cyborgs and intense hunts, Ghost in the Shell delivers everything you’d expect from a Sci-fi action thriller. Sanders (Snow White and the hunts Man, 2012) manage to create a believable world and juggles action sequences while keeping the tone as serious as its origin. As seen in her role as Black Widow in The Avengers (2012), Johansson is convincing in fight scenes while capturing the perfect balance between cold robotic mimic and the human kept inside. You care about her story, past as well as future, and the most gripping part of the story is following her quest for the truth. Asbæk (Ben-Hur, 2016) is cool as Major’s right hand and Kitano (Hana-Bi, 1997) excellent as Chief Daisuke Aramaki demanding your attention even when he isn’t speaking. But the best part of the movie is undoubtedly the visual effects creating an eye-popping Hong Kong skyline which leaves you full of wonder.
Batou’s car is a modified S3 Lotus Esprit. Aramaki’s car is a modified Lotus Excel.
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