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Ghost in the Shell (2017)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 31 March 2017 (USA)
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In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.

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Kuze (as Michael Carmen Pitt)
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Dr. Dahlin
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Bearded Man (as Mana Davis)
Erroll Anderson ...
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In the near future, Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible terrorist attack, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major Kusanagi is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major Kusanagi discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Written by Paramount Pictures

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, suggestive content and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,676,033 (USA) (31 March 2017)

Gross:

$40,533,014 (USA) (19 May 2017)
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Trivia

Although shot in New Zealand and never mentioned in the film, the city depicted is actually a highly digitized Hong Kong. For example, the dirty slum with narrow housing was Hsam Shui Po and the splendid background when Major is in the boat was Hong Kong Island's Central. See more »

Goofs

When Major meets Motoko's mother for the first time, she puts the kettle on the stove to make tea and we hear it whistle. However, the kettle on the stove is not the whistling kind, which has a distinctive spout. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Ouelet: Oxygen levels are dropping... Brain function normal... Cerebral salvage ready to proceed... Robotic skeleton prepared and waiting for brain insertion... Initiate Project 2571...
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Crazy Credits

The title appears on screen twice. Once during the creation of the Major and again at the end of the opening credits. See more »


Soundtracks

Shooting Star
Written by Takeshi Masuda & Suzuki Sayaka
Performed by Suzuki Sayaka
Courtesy of Music Supervisor, Inc. & Capp Records, Inc.
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Ghost in the shell for dummies
26 March 2017 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Maybe I had my hopes too high for this one. Like many other fans of the original material, this adaptation has intrigued me since the first trailers were available online, because it really looked nice visually, but, Is this movie worth to be part of the GitS universe?

  • Short answer: Not really. Not even nice try.


  • Long answer: The cinematography its truly remarkable, it somehow
reproduce the atmosphere of the original anime, the decaying, depressing, dark megalopolis is correctly reproduced here (despite the giant weird advertisements that are spread around, that doesn't really make any sense, and didn't appear in the anime, what are they trying to sell?), the costumes, robots, and the general look and feel of the characters are quite satisfying and solid. The music is not bad at all, includes some of the original score and it work towards creating a dense and dark environment. The acting is standard, not bad at all. The script is.... ohhh boy, let me breath... to use nice words, the script seems to be written addressed to children or to very 'slow' people. All the rich complexity, all the mature and philosophical themes, all the sides of the story that the original material let out to be imagined by the viewer, all that is gone here. Here you can find a bland, generic script, that explain a generic origin story, that never tries to get into the philosophical or ethical implications of human body enhancements or AI. Where the characters are one-sided, good vs bad people. We are use to that over-simplification of a movie plot, since we sadly live in a world conquered by the 'marvel'/'batman' method of making a movie, where the plot should be simple and thin, the characters shouldn't have any grays and the action should be convoluted and confusing, full of minions to destroy for the sake of fill 100 minutes (well at least this adaptation has correct action scenes, that are easy to follow and most of the time are not annoying). To wrap up, a correct movie, that shines in the visual and action sides, but has a forgettable script and characters. It will probably perform good in the box office, and that worries me because what could come next, it will be really sad to see how they reduce Akira, Jin-roh, Evangelion or Cowboy bebbop to a generic action blockbuster without any of the things that made those stories great.


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