Ghost in the Shell (2017 film)
|Ghost in the Shell|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rupert Sanders|
|Based on||Ghost in the Shell
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$1.8 million|
Ghost in the Shell is a 2017 American science fictionaction film directed Rupertby Sanders and written by Jamie Moss, William Wheeler and Ehren Kruger, based on the Japanese mangaof the same name by Masamune Shirow. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han and Juliette Binoche. Set in the near future where the line between humans and robots is becoming blurred, the plot follows a woman who has her brain placed in a cyborg to become the perfect soldier.
In the near future, the vast majority of humans are augmented with cybernetics, enhancing various traits like vision, strength, and intelligence. Hanka Robotics, the world’s leading developer of augmentative technology, establishes a secret project to develop a mechanical body, or “shell”, that can integrate a human brain rather than an AI. A young woman named Mira Killian (Scarlett Johansson), the sole survivor of a cyberterrorist attack, is chosen as the test subject after her body is apparently destroyed beyond repair. Over the objections of her designer, Dr. Ouélet (Juliette Binoche), Hanka CEO Cutter (Peter Ferdinando) decides to train Killian as a counter-terrorism operative.
A year later, Killian has attained the rank of Major in the anti-terrorist bureauSection 9, working alongside operatives Batou (Pilou Asbæk) and Togusa (Chin Han) under Chief Daisuke Aramaki (Takeshi Kitano). The team successfully thwarts a terrorist attack on a Hanka business conference, and Killian destroys a rogue mechanical geisha (Rila Fukushima) after it murders a hostage. Killian, who has been experiencing hallucinations that Ouélet dismisses as glitches, becomes increasingly bothered by how little she remembers about her past. After learning that the geisha was hacked by an unknown entity, Killian breaks protocol and “dives” into its AI for answers. The entity attempts a counter-hack, and Batou is forced to disconnect her. Using the information she was able to gather, the two trace the hacker to a Yakuza nightclub, where they are lured into a trap. The resulting explosion destroys Batou’s eyes, and leaves Killian’s body severely damaged.
Cutter is enraged by Killian’s actions, and threatens to have Section 9 shut down unless Aramaki keeps her in line. In turn, Aramaki warns him to be careful who he threatens. The hacker tracks down Section 9’s Hanka consultant and kills her. The team links her murder to the deaths of other senior company researchers, and realize that they are being targeted. The hacker takes control of two sanitation workers and sends them to kill Ouélet. Batou kills one of them while Killian subdues the other. During interrogation, the hacker briefly speaks through the surviving worker before compelling him to commit suicide. Togusa traces the hack to a secret location, where the team discovers large numbers of humans being mentally linked together as a makeshift signal network. Killian is captured, and the hacker, calling himself Kuze (Michael Pitt), reveals that he is a failed Hanka test subject from the same project that created Killian. He urges her to question her own memories before freeing her and escaping.
Killian confronts Ouélet, who admits that Killian was, in fact, the 98th test subject, and the only one to survive the process. Cutter decides that Killian is too much of a liability, and orders Ouélet to euthanize her. Instead, Ouélet gives Killian an address to find and helps her escape. Cutter shoots her and informs Aramaki that Killian has gone rogue and will be terminated by any means necessary.
Killian follows the address to an apartment occupied by a widowed mother, who reveals that her daughter Motoko ran away from home a year ago and was arrested, before taking her own life while in custody. Unable to process her emotions, Killian leaves and contacts Aramaki, who intentionally allows Cutter to eavesdrop on their conversation. Batou, Togusa, and Aramaki each survive attempts on their lives by Cutter’s men, while Killian follows her memories to the hideaway where Motoko was last seen. There, she and Kuze meet, and recall their past lives as anti-augmentation radicals who were abducted by Hanka for use as test subjects.
Cutter deploys a “spider-tank” to kill them, and Kuze nearly dies before Killian is able to disable the tank, losing her left arm in the process. Mortally wounded, Kuze offers to merge his “ghost” with Killian’s before a Hanka sniper kills him. Batou and the team rescue Killian, while Aramaki executes Cutter with her permission.
The next day, Killian, now embracing her true identity as Motoko, reconnects with her mother before returning to work with Section 9.
- Scarlett Johansson as Major Mira Killian / Motoko Kusanagi
- Takeshi Kitano as Chief Daisuke Aramaki
- Michael Pitt as Hadley Cruz / Hideo Kuze
- Pilou Asbæk as Batou
- Chin Han as Togusa
- Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouélet
- Lasarus Ratuere as Carlos Isaacson / Ishikawa
- Danusia Samal as Ladriya
- Yutaka Izumihara as Saito
- Tawanda Manyimo as Borma
- Peter Ferdinando as Cutter
- Kaori Momoi as Motoko’s mother
- Pete Teo as Tony
- Rila Fukushima as a geisha
- Yuta Kazama as Data Host
- Christopher Obi as Ambassador John Kipling
I thought this was awesome. I know it is an old story. So old, that in its original form, this is the story that inspired The Matrix. The parallels to modern society and machines, as well as the imagery portrayed here in the 2017 version, make this a visual work of art. I’m not so keen on Scarlet Johansson, not that she didn’t play the part of Major well, she just isn’t a good Motoko. This is a movie I will buy and watch a few more times in my home theater, just to absorb more of the awesomeness. Highly recommended for a date, and/or just a good escape. Well done, 5 stars – MR