Ghost In The Shell (2017)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  

USA, 2017.  , , , , , ,,, , .  Screenplay by ,, , based on the comic The Ghost in The Shell by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .

A robotics company has a breakthrough in artificial intelligence technology when the melding of a human brain with an artificial body results in a successful combination (played by ), a moral human consciousness with great use as an infallible warrior.  After barely surviving the assassination of one of the senior members of her corporation, Johansson finds herself seeking a mysterious villain who seems to have a laundry list of scientists to kill, but where this takes her is deeper into the secrets of her own past.  Adapted quite closely from the anime film of the same name, this beautifully shot science-fiction adventure is an easy but unimpressive indulgence, gorgeous in its every neon-hued frame but not exactly brimming with memorable conflicts; I’d love to say that the story of an Asian consciousness being placed in a caucasian shell was a comment on future technological identity politics, but I hesitate to accuse this film of being as thoughtful as it is amusing.   Johansson is strangely uninspired and uninspiring in the role, it’s surprising that the actor who pulls off her Avengers and Lucy characters with such impressive ease seems uncomfortable and unsuited to the action heroine role here, and it doesn’t help that her plight isn’t particularly interesting.  As a mindless sibling to Blade Runnerhowever, this is a pleasure to view, with supporting performances by Juliette Binoche and that are enjoyable spots of brightness.

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