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Ghost In The Shell | Review

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!

Rating: 2/5
Recommend: No
Running Time: 1hr 45 minutes
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


  1. 26th September 2017 / 2:39 pm

    The trailer looked fab but going by your review and what other people have said it doesn’t sound great, which is a shame as I like Scarlet Johanssen!

    Vikki | planetvikkiblog.wordpress.com

  2. 25th September 2017 / 8:49 am

    I haven’t heard of this film, it sounds like something I would enjoy but it’s a shame it wasn’t as good as it looks!

  3. 22nd September 2017 / 2:13 pm

    I wouldn’t usually be interested in this. Also the sexualisation of women and the male gaze is a topic I find myself going back to all the time. Will films ever stop this?

    It’s a shame the film wasn’t that great. Thanks for another amazing review.

    Faye Jessica | fayejessica.co.uk

  4. 22nd September 2017 / 10:10 am

    This isn’t really my type of film but I think I’d definitely give it a miss anyway after this review! x

  5. 21st September 2017 / 9:43 am

    Not my kinda film to be honest. Always such a shame when movies aren’t that great.

  6. 20th September 2017 / 6:35 pm

    It’s probably not one I would choose to watch, but my husband on the other hand would. So we will probably end up at the cinema.

  7. 20th September 2017 / 5:19 pm

    This is one of those films that I wouldn’t be interested in but would be forced to watch it by my dad and boyfriend, and would probably end up liking!! I may have to suggest it to them, it’s a shame it’s not like it’s described though!! 🙁

    Brilliant review x

    • sophielouise14
      20th September 2017 / 5:27 pm

      Thank you x It is such a great idea and some parts are amazing. Let me know how you get on if you watch it 🙂 x

  8. Emma Drury
    20th September 2017 / 5:14 pm

    I don’t think I’d see this film anyway because of the whitewashing involved, but based on your review it wasn’t that great either! It’s a shame when films with great potential turn out to be rubbish 😕
    Emma | emmadrury.com

    • sophielouise14
      20th September 2017 / 5:25 pm

      I’ve seen so many complaints about that, it’s such a shame really. They’re not doing too well in the equality department. Should be ashamed that they’re not bring any diversity and sexualising woman instead 🙁

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