Ghost in the Shell

Scarlett Johanson at home in Ghost in the Shell
Chillin' at home in the future? Can't wait.Paramount Pictures
3 Stars (Time Well Spent)Why I Saw It: Press screening, love sci-fi, and always enjoy Johansson, so at least there would be that.
What I Thought: When it was good, it was very very good, and when it was bad, it was… boring. It takes way too long to get where it’s going, but it’s RoboCop meets The Matrix, and that’s never a bad thing. This one will likely be much better (for me) on a second viewing. Not surprisingly, perhaps, the characters were difficult to, well… connect with, leaving it with a feeling of dispassion. It posits that this transhuman existence is our future, but in heralding heartlessness as improvement, it leaves us feeling like the folks staring across the table at Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air. If that’s cool for you in a Nicholas Winding Refn kind of way, then you’ll love this; if it’s not, then just be prepared that while Ghost in the Shell may be an interesting time, it may not necessarily be a good time. For the moment, enjoy your time not being a Borg drone, and come check out this most excellent article about Scarlett Johansson from Amanda Hughes over at Birth.Movies.Death.

Ghost in the Shell. Rupert Sanders. Perf. Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, “Beat” Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt (as Michael Carmen Pitt), Peter Ferdinando. Paramount Pictures, 2017.

In the apparently not-so-distant future, a cybernetic law enforcement officer experiences an existential crisis while pursuing a super-villain. (He-e-eyy… haven’t we seen this one before? Twice?)

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