Ghost in the Shell is attractive, but nearly soulless

She walks and talks like a robot on numerous occasions - and can't connect on a deep level with the humans around her. "It was such a weird interview, and I was like, 'Right now?' And he was like, 'Yeah, could you beat me up?' And I was like, 'I want to, but I don't know if I can!' And then on my walk home I was like, 'I gotta do something about this.' Just so I could kick the ass of some misogynistic journalist", she said.

On a minor side note, it was too bad they did not choose to stick with the San Miguel Pale Pilsen beer Major and Batou drank in the anime. Takeshi plays the Chief of Section 9, Daisuke Aramaki, and in essence, the Major's boss. Johansson tries hard to make Major seem sad and tragic, but the whole thing is so incoherent, chilly and nearly anti-emotional that it's tough to feel anything much.

Turns out someone is trying to kill officials and scientists associated with Hanka Corp.

Scarlett Johansson has not only spurned traditional female roles, she doesn't even play humans.

Usually, when you see trailers go up on the PlayStation YouTube channel, they consist of clips from forthcoming video game clips, or premieres for forthcoming titles, such as God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2.

The most outrageous thing about this new "Ghost in the Shell" is not when Johansson whips off her raincoat and dives nearly nude from the top of a building for the second or third time. Of course, any movie depicting a crowded, cyberpunk-y city sits in Blade Runner's shadow, but this one doubles down on the debt, crowding its skyline with enormous holographic advertisements - an obvious echo the giant billboards that dominated Ridley Scott's futuristic Los Angeles. Yet Major is so cyborg impassive about everything that Johansson isn't given much opportunity to convey betrayal.

At the start, we witness the Major's first moments in her cyborg body, as Juliette Binoche's Dr. Ouélet tells her that her body was injured beyond fix in a terrorist attack. The first of her kind, she is a product of the weapons division of giant corporation Hanka Robotics and its lead designer Dr Ouélet (Juliette Binoche).

The story centres around Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson), whose mind survived a tragedy and was planted in a completely synthetic body.

She stares at herself in the mirror. She interrogates a woman about being human. In addition to featuring the Major's traumatic awakening, it also shows what happens after she fires on the last geisha, rather than cutting away as she fires.

What are these shreds of memory?

The scene sees some impressive action - but the Major in Ghost in the Shell (2017) is so intent on punching the cr*p out of the man who lies on the ground that her colleague has to urge her to stop, telling her they need him alive.

Pity nobody told the writers.

In the end, that's all that counts.

  • Salvatore Jensen