Ghost in the Shell (2017) Review
In the near future in a world where cyber-enhancement of humans has become a reality, we follow Major the first of her kind and now fighting against the world’s most dangerous criminals.
In all honesty I am not really sure where to start with this review or in which direction it is going to end up going. The film was very strange at times and that is certainly a factor that makes it difficult to then review it.
We have been bombarded with the trailer, extended clips and an intro from Scarlett Johansson at the cinema for the past few months. The thing is though none of that really made me excited to see it. I guess it did make me a little bit curious though and that is what I am assuming got me along to the cinema? Although I had seen everything else as well.
The story is pretty confusing at times and I cannot really mention too much about it as would spoil the twists and turns you are taken on when watching. Nothing is really as it seems for Major and you do want to find out her real story and background.
The procedure for her to become the Ghost in the shell is certainly a big ask as her brain is taken and put into a new “body” or I should say shell. As it is all just built around he brain and she cannot really remember much from her past. Everything is pretty top-secret, but she is or has been trained and used as a weapon. With a shell that can be repaired it is clear to see why she has been used in this way, but we are always wanting to just know why.
I guess some of the other cyber enchantments that humans now have, which means they don’t actually need a mobile phone to talk and can do that over a network. I am not going to pretend that I fully understood some of those moments, or even much in the film. Maybe I was just too tired to properly concentrate or really care about what was going on. Sometimes I guess when you are not too sure about going to see a film, you should then decide not to see it.
I will give some praise though to Scarlett Johansson who I thought played the robot style very well, just in terms of her movements which I know might sound a little strange but she did manage to pull off that look very well, the swagger and way that she moved really was interesting to watch. So good casting in that sense and probably one of her better performances in recent years in all honesty.
Overall though I found the film very flat and just uninteresting especially after the huge build up around it. Maybe that was part of the downfall for myself when watching it. Looking forward to hearing what you thought of this one, did I miss something? Or do you agree with me?