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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 Mira Killian 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.

Director:

Rupert Sanders

Writers:

Shirow Masamune (based on the comic "The Ghost in the Shell" by), Jamie Moss (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scarlett Johansson ... Major
Pilou Asbæk ... Batou
Takeshi Kitano ... Aramaki (as 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano)
Juliette Binoche ... Dr. Ouelet
Michael Pitt ... Kuze (as Michael Carmen Pitt)
Chin Han ... Togusa
Danusia Samal ... Ladriya
Lasarus Ratuere ... Ishikawa
Yutaka Izumihara ... Saito
Tawanda Manyimo ... Borma
Peter Ferdinando ... Cutter
Anamaria Marinca ... Dr. Dahlin
Daniel Henshall ... Skinny Man
Mana Hira Davis Mana Hira Davis ... Bearded Man (as Mana Davis)
Erroll Anderson Erroll Anderson ... Hanka Security Agent

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Storyline

In the near future, human organs are enhanced by the cybernetics technology developed by the powerful Hanka Robotics Corporation owned by Cutter. Dr. Ouelet is responsible for the development of the secret project 2571 of a full mechanical body to be connected to a human brain. She uses the brain of a young woman that lost her parents in a cyber attack as subject of a prototype. One year later, the woman is ranked Major and has joined Section 9, an anti-terrorist division commanded by Chief Daisuke Aramaki, working with agents Batou and Togusa. She needs to use a medicine to help the integration of her brain with the mechanical body and has no recollections of her previous life. When Section 9 hunts down the terrorist Kuze, Major learns the secrets about Hanka Robotics and the experiment she was subjected. Now she faces her ultimate enemy: Kuze, a criminal who has managed to hack into the brains of androids and control them. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They did not save your life. They stole it.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

After watching Takeshi Kitano perform in front of him on the set, Pilou Asbæk was so impressed by his acting skills he decided that he was one of his new favorite actors. See more »

Goofs

During interrogation Kuze removes half of Major's robotic face, and her hair falls over the exposed left eyeball. He then replaces the half-face without first brushing this hair out of the way, yet in the next shot she looks perfectly normal. 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 »

Alternate Versions

Middle Eastern releases of the film have the Major's thermal optic camouflage suit recolored black. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film 2017: Episode #46.5 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Takeshi Masuda
Performed by Kanda Yuhka
Courtesy of Music Supervisor, Inc. & Capp Records, Inc.
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User Reviews

 
Under-appreciated by the hypercritical.
31 March 2017 | by michael-83165See all my reviews

We live in a society that assumes being overcritical means showing a display of intelligence. Don't let this film be tarnished by that fad.

I will do my best to make this short and sweet. (Probably not)

READ: (For those who HAVEN'T seen the original films)

This film is a fantastic example of a film that is complex yet simple. I expected the worst from the film and I received more. I won't lie to you and tell you this film is on par with something like The Matrix (the original was) but it is well worth seeing and stands out as unique. We all know that's nearly impossible to do these days. Please take this into consideration and go to see the film with no expectations. You'll be surprised that way.

READ: (For those who HAVE seen the original films)

I'm sorry this film wasn't everything we dreamed it would be, but can we honestly act surprised when Hollywood screenwriters avoid immensely complex story arches? They have simplified this story for the masses in the same way The Lord of the Rings was simplified for the masses. If you spend your time comparing this film with the originals you will come up short, every time. This is NOT the original film, this is its own film that you need to appreciate as it stands (I know that is difficult, believe me). If you haven't already seen it, please take my word for it and go in with no expectations, go in cold (like it is a new experience).

(Final Comments)

I take user reviews to heart for movies. I appreciate the opinions of the people more than I appreciate the opinions of the paid critics. Seeing a 6.9 as the current user score (as of March 31st) is unfortunate, because this film captures EVERYTHING that Ghost in the Shell was and thanks to this film IS CURRENTLY. As a film it stands strong in the Sci-Fi genre and does manage to still be thought-provoking. Please consider taking your time before giving it a low rating.

Understand that the talents that put this film together adopted this baby from its original developers and they did NOT destroy it, as some over-exaggerators may proclaim. "The Last Airbender" - THAT is an example of something being destroyed. GHOST IN THE SHELL stands still intact. Of course it isn't as fleshed out and philosophical as the original film (which paid an immaculate amount of attention to detail and information) but it DOES live in the same world and it DOES tell the same story. I promise you that if it HAD stayed completely with the script of the animated film, it would be getting attacked for being an unnecessary remake or overly complicated.

I've given this an 8 out of 10 because I see 6 as mediocre and 10 as a perfect film. 8 is somewhere in between. I do not believe this is the best adaption or sci-fi film I've seen, but it was enjoyable and much pain-staking work was put into it... that shows when you watch it. Don't be entirely emotional about the way you view this movie. Watch it for what it is, not what it is in comparison.

Thank you for reading, I appreciate it. Take the time to see this movie and take your time before rating it. Really chew on it first, because it deserves better than it is receiving.


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Release Date:

31 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,676,033, 2 April 2017

Gross USA:

$40,563,557

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$169,801,921
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