What the Shell? Ghost in the Shell Review
|Directed By||Rupert Sanders|
Released in 2017, “Ghost in The Shell” is a sci-fi action packed adventure film based in the near future, which features Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson), the first of her kind, who is a human being who survived from a deadly terror attack. She is a cyber-enhanced human being with a mechanical body who is developed specifically to put an end to terrorism, which by that time has reached a new high. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major Kusanagi discovers that she has been lied to and that her life was not saved, it was stolen. The film revolves around the quest to find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others.
The movie is a remake of a Japanese-anime film, which was originally released in 1995. Much like the original anime, the film mostly follows the original character Kusanagi, who is fighting crime, trying to save the world before she realized the truth about her life. Although admired for its graphical and cinematic effects, the film has been heavily criticised throughout the world due to its plot and racial discrimination. Starting off, the film and storyline is based on the manga but ironically, according to the critics, the plot, which apparently is supposed to be about the search for soul, has in-fact, all style but no soul. Rupert Sanders, despite being a huge name in the art of designing commercials for huge videogames has greatly let his fans down through this film. This live-action reboot doesn’t just miss the subtle interactions, buried beneath the basic-plot surface, that made the original such a remarkable film. It also nukes the entire plot structure completely ruining the true essence of the manga which we once read and cherished.
Another key element was the director’s preference in setting up the main cast. The critics bashed the film with questions related to the casting of Scarlett Johansson as Motoko Kusanagi since we all know how her character was known to be an East Asian woman and the film itself being set in Japan. Despite being well aware of this fact, the director went on ahead with the production, raising questions and concerns related to how racism could be involved in the making of this movie.
Overall, keeping in mind all the factors, this movie is quite impressive in terms of Computer-Generated Imagery. The action scenes in the film also provide some-what entertainment to the audience. However, those who vividly followed the original manga/anime of the reboot should consider passing this one out, unless they are willing to make their blood boil in anger and disappointment.
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What the Shell?
Summary Overall, keeping in mind all the factors, this movie is quite impressive in terms of Computer-Generated Imagery. The action scenes in the film also provide some-what entertainment to the audience. However, those who vividly followed the original manga/anime of the reboot should consider passing this one out, unless they are willing to make their blood boil in anger and disappointment.