Ghost in the Shell

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Ghost in the Shell is an adaptation of the acclaimed Japanese manga (anime comic book), is the story of Major Motoko Kusanagi, the first of her kind who had a terrible crash and cyber-enhanced and become a perfect soldier who is devoted to stopping dangerous criminals and saving the world. Major is uniquely qualified to stop terrorist who reached a new level of committing crime where they had the ability to hack into people’s mind. As she faced the new enemy, Major discovered that she had been lied to; she was not saved from the terrible crash in fact her life was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past and find out who stole her life and stop them before they do this to others.

Ghost in the Shell is visually stunning with very good production designs; technically it is superior and visually compelling. While it is visually appealing, it looks like a series of mini sci-fi films strung together with one character as the only thing that is common to these short films. There is too much style but lacks in substance. The plot is easy to follow and nothing complicated.

It is based on Japanese comic book but most of the main characters were played by white actors. It would have been preferred that these roles were played by Oriental actors; the movie looks whitewashed. Hollywood needs to learn to use Asian actors for Asian characters.

This is a must watch movie if you are a sci-fi fanatic; the movie has amazing eye candy, a visual delight, the special effects are great. It has a simple but interesting story; it is not great but not bad either. Whitewashing aside, this is a fun movie.

It stars Scarlett Johansson as Major, Michael Pitt as Kuze, Christopher Obi as Ambassador Kiyoshi (that’s it, no Asian playing a major character) and directed by Rupert Sanders.


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27 Responses to Ghost in the Shell

  1. nancymorris2 says:

    Wonder why this movie bombed when it is a good one it is visually stunning. Problem maybe the story looks like a combination of mini stories but still a good one to me.

  2. The movie is like a combination of short stories combined together, didn’t like it at all.

  3. Me thinks this is a good movie, critics did not like it why? Probably because there was no cohesion on the plot and story.

  4. Very good visuals and production design, but story line is a hudgefudge.

  5. MiamiLisa says:

    Love it, production design is really stylish although story is a mismash of mini stories.

  6. lovesfoodgal says:

    The production design and visuals are amazing very well done although the plot and story are not very carefully thought of.

  7. Oriental characters played by whites, that’s called whitewashed.

  8. allisonwatnj says:

    Disappointed that oriental characters were played by white actors, besides that the movie is great, production design is super stylish.

  9. pamslaterlilac says:

    I don’t care what the critics said, it is visually stunning, very stylish and I loved it.

    Highly recommended.

  10. Although the whole movie is not very cohesive it is a good movie, not great but it is worth watching don’t understand why critics did not like it they just had a consensus not liking it just because it is whitewashed.

  11. The plot is just too week and so many gaping holes.

  12. nancymoores says:

    This movie was so cool. Great action, great acting. Seems like it’s very underrated.

    The sci-fi was fun, and the emotional aspect seemed unnecessary (she’s a robot after all). Still good though.

  13. J’ai vraiment apprécié ce film. Je sais qu’il a perdu le noyau de la matière source dans le processus d’être transformé en une action en direct de l’Ouest, mais j’aime ça. J’apprécie les soins évidents qui sont entrés dans ce film pour faire fonctionner ici. Étant donné que ce film est basé sur un manga et un anime et que c’est d’une culture complètement différente, il est logique qu’ils changent certaines choses. Je sais qu’un fan d’anime et de manga veut une adaptation religieuse avec peu ou pas de changements. Nous allons faire face cependant, cela pourrait ne pas vendre ce bien pour intégrer le public. Je vais donc le prendre. Je pense que c’est la meilleure adaptation de l’action live de manga / anime jusqu’à présent. Au moins, nous avons eu l’occasion de voir la coquille (voir ce que j’ai fait là-bas) d’une histoire aimée. Je peux apprécier et être amusé seul.

  14. simonmooes8 says:

    There are major flaws, way too much material jammed into one movie and I liked it. It is visually mesmerizing and it is beautiful. I think they know there won’t be a sequel so they put everything into one movie.

  15. Ghost in a Shell is visually stunning and highly entertaining however like the robots in the movie the story is somewhat empty. With all the bad reviews I was expecting a pretty bad movie, I was surprised I really liked it.

    Movie critics are sometimes very cruel and in a bandwagon.

  16. pmorris8 says:

    Not sure why this movie is getting so low reviews from critics it’s not bad at all. Visual effects is very rich, cinematography is great and Scarlett Johansson did a very good job portraying the main character.

  17. franksmith5 says:

    With the amount of money they spent on the film, they could have made the plot better so many gaping holes, it was an eye candy though so not totally bad.

  18. jimmylovesmovies says:

    I agree, Asian roles should be played by Asian actors but that aside the move I think is great.

  19. This is a visually stunning movie with very good special effects although the story is not very cohesive. I like it a lot based on the visual effects.

    • johnbacon109 says:

      I so agree, the story s not that cohesive but t is very stylish and the visual effects are stunning, the visual effects more than made up the lack, of cohesiveness.

      Whitewashed, so what, still a good movie.

  20. jakeaniston says:

    This is a very good movie adaptation of an anime, very stylish and visually appealing, critics did not like it because it is whitewashed, so what still a good movie.

  21. coastalguy10 says:

    Very stylish, visually an eye candy so disagree with critics.

  22. lingmessing says:

    Whitewashing aside this is a fun and enjoyable movie with great visual effects and great concept, would have been nice if there are more Asian actors.

  23. doglovertoo says:

    The movie is visually stunning but not too much meat to it more style but having said that it is a good movie. I don’t like the whitewashing though, these are Asian characters should be played by Asian actors.

  24. Most reviews by critics have been negative and have no expectations to see a great movie, changed my mind it is a great movie, so stylish.

  25. lovesfoodgal says:

    I don’t understand why critics did not like the movie. Other than it is whitewashed, it is a great and visually stunning movie. It has a great plot and it is fast pace not boring at all.

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