Following a fatal accident “involving drowning on a boat”, ‘Major’ (Scarlett Johansson) is left with a physical body beyond repair. She awakens to discover that her brain was the only organ salvageable and is left with little memory of her past as a human before she died. Now, her brain has been transplanted into a state-of-the-art ‘shell’, completed by Hanka Robotics surgeon, Dr. Ouélet. Hanka specialises in cybernetic and artificial intelligence.
Major is designed and recruited to serve in Section 9, an organization run by Chief Aramaki. S9 specialise in maintaining the numbers of cybercriminals, hackers and cyberterrorists at bay before it gets out of hand.
Everything she knows begins to be questioned when Major and fellow S9 officers begin to hunt a terrorist known as Kuze. The terrorist is targeting Hanka Robotics scientists and as Major pursues her quest in finding Kuze, she begins experiencing glitches which continues to get worse. Could the flash-backs be a hint to her past, revealing the truth?
Once they begin to get worse, she has a feeling Hanka Robotics are not telling her everything.
But can a ghost find and keep its identity when implanted in a new shell, even after memory loss?
The script is written rather well if you listen to the words.
“We cling to memories as if they define us, but they don’t. What we do is what defines us.”
The message is repeated throughout the film which I enjoyed. However, this was yet another film which I felt (at times) sexualised women. In a male ‘superhero’ movie such as this, do we sexualise men? No, I didn’t think so. Can we not have a female lead in a movie (whatever it may be) without a woman having to be portrayed of in a sexual way?
There wasn’t very many occasions like it, but in a world where equality is trying to become even stronger, you’d think these scenes would be limited. This isn’t really the genre for that, however, if you want to see all that, I’m sure there are other places, just not a female ‘superhero’ lead.
The graphics were phenomenal and really added an extra dimension to the film.
However, I couldn’t help but notice Johansson’s character is rather monotone, boring and dull from the get go. Given she is more of a ‘robot’ than human, you can see why maybe she was told to act this way. A woman in a lead role is more of what we need, but it was ruined by a very slow and painfully dull beginning.
Think of this movie as a mix between the Matrix and Blade Runner, if you will. So if you don’t like either, you might want to give this a miss. It’s such a shame as the movie description seemed so promising! As always, try to watch the film for yourself and let men know what you think. You never know, you may enjoy it!