Ghost in the Shell lacks viewer appeal

Saturday April 08, 2017 Written by Published in Entertainment
Scarlett Johansson plays Major Mira Killian in the movie Ghost in the Shell, now screening at the Empire Cinema. 17040703 Scarlett Johansson plays Major Mira Killian in the movie Ghost in the Shell, now screening at the Empire Cinema. 17040703

Ghost in the Shell is reportedly set to lose about $100 million after a lukewarm response to its opening late last month.


And I’m not surprised.

Within the first 10 minutes into this science fiction action film, I figured out its future – boring, like the world the movie depicts.

Ghost in the Shell is a cyberpunk movie based on a classic Japanese comic/cartoon which inspired movies such as Matrix.

Movies in this genre (cyberpunk) are based on an imaginary future world where advanced technologies and scientific achievements rule.

There is a niche market for these movies because mostly they are semi-based on subject matter that is quite unrealistic to the present time.

Okay, technology is advancing, I understand that. But imagining it advance to the extent where a human brain is fitted to a cyborg body to function as a fully-functioning humans is a bit hard to comprehend.

Imagine if this became reality in the next century or so. If reincarnation is for real, I would not want to be born again into that sort of existence.

Ghost in the Shell is about Major Mira Killian (Scarlett Johansson) – a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier.

Her job is to stop the world’s most dangerous criminals. She works under Chief Daisuke Aramaki (Takeshi Kitano), who reports to the “prime minister”.

A new enemy enters their world, hacking into people’s minds and controlling them.

Major is tasked with finding the source of this new threat and while she’s at it, she discovers the hidden truth about her past, which puts her in the path of vengeance.

Ghost in the Shell is directed by Rupert Sanders, better known for his affair with actress Kristen Stewart on the sets of Snow White and the Huntsman, than his work in the movie he directed.

Ghost in the Shell is Sanders’ second movie and it isn’t an easy one.

Cyperpunk movies are sophisticated in many ways and from characters to camera work, it requires grainer details to depict the story that the filmmakers want the viewers to understand.

Implementing never-before-tried scenes to illustrate some situations, such as the one where Major takes a digital plunge in search of the enemy, using the memory of a destroyed robot, might be a bit too challenging for some audiences to comprehend.

It’s a visually alluring movie, but does it make any sense? That’s the biggest challenge viewers will face.

Unless you are familiar with the original version, Ghost in the Shell may be based on a concept that’s way too futuristic. However, it might appeal to young, techno-savvy viewers,

Though it lacks the “human” appeal of classic science fiction movies such as Matrix.

It also lacks the power to stimulate feelings, and why would it when the majority of the characters are semi-robots.

But what Ghost in the Shell does offer are some gorgeous visuals, designed magnificently on the backdrop of, I assume, Hong Kong and Tokyo cities.

Apart from that and Johansson’s (very) body-fitting attire, the rest is easy to forget.

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