Honestly, I don’t have much to say about Ghost in the Shell. I remembering loving it when I saw the anime over 20 years ago. I also played some of the PlayStation games, and I read some of the manga, all 20 some years ago. That being said, I’m basically a blank slate, born again in the river of dorkdom… so “wow” me Hollywood.
So with my fresh eyes and not really caring one way or the other, I have to say the Ghost in the Shell trailer looks fantastic. Its tone is bleak and creepy while also having a sense of awe of a neon and holographic future akin to Blade Runner. The effects that are used within the first couple seconds of the trailer for the geisha robots are so F’n creepy that I can’t wait to see the whole movie.
Watch the trailer …
Ghost in the Shell is a Japanese media franchise originally published as a seinen manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow. The manga, first serialized in 1989 under the subtitle of The Ghost in the Shell, and later published as its own tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, told the story of the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9, led by protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi, in the mid 21st century of Japan.
“GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.
Controversially starring Scarlett Johansson (Really? There wasn’t a better choice?) as Major the movie also stars Michael Pitt as Hideo Kuze, Pilou Asbaek as Batou, Beat Takeshi as Daisuke Aramaki, Juliette Binoche as Doctor Ouelet, and Christopher Obi as Ambassador Kiyoshi…Ok, I don’t need to comment on the casting here, dozens have already and rightfully so. Ok, wow…moving on.
Ghost in the Shell was directed by Rupert Sanders whose previous films include Snow White and the Huntsman and The Huntsman: Winter’s War but is more famous for sleeping with Kristen Stewart and breaking thousands of Twilight fan’s hearts when Robert Pattinson left Stewart’s cheating ass. So I guess we’ll take the good with the bad here…I’ll let you decided which is which.
IGN released a clip from the opening of Ghost in the Shell that shows the Major being Shelled. The scene is very reminiscent of the anime, and is another check in the positive column.
Check out the scene, and check out the YouTube site for a write up from IGN about the clip.
Ghost in the Shell arrives in theaters March 31, 2017