Movie Review – Ghost in the Shell

Had a great time watching Ghost in the Shell last night.

As the movie begins, a female patient is being wheeled into surgery. Her brain is harvested and placed in the metal cranium of a robot that then undergoes a series of immersions to build up the humanoid skin and tissue. The new cyborg (Scarlett Johansson) coughing and struggling to breath as she is gently coaxed by her creator Dr. Ouelet (Juliette Binoche) to relax and begin breathing.

A year later, the new cyborg goes by the name “Major” and is a key member of an elite and secretive anti-terrorist squad. From there the action-packed plot thickens as things are not what they seem…

This movie was great fun! Very interesting story. Great acting by both American and Japanese actors. This version is a remake of a classic Japanese animation movie of the same name. Of course, Japan, the Japanese people, the Japanese language, and the Japanese culture are a huge part of my personal life which may give this film a resonance for me that will not be felt by other viewers. Interestingly, it is shot heavily in Hong Kong rather than Japan – another locale that is intertwined all throughout my personal life. Needless to say, I loved it!

More generally, however, the movie and Scarlett Johansson’s outstanding performance bear a striking resemblance to her previous performance in the unrelated Lucy

For some reason, Scarlett Johansson keeps showing up in these magnificent Asia-themed science fiction action thrillers – and I love every one.

On a deeper note, Ghost in the Shell also shares a thought-provoking and creepy theme about the theft of body and the mind struggling to reassert itself with the more recent and likewise unrelated Get Out

Actually, all three of these are great entertainment. Creepy, interesting, extremely well written, wonderful acting. Great entertainment all around!

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