Movie Review: Ghost in the Shell (2017) 2.5 stars

Ghost in the Shell

Released: March 31, 2017 (US)

Director: Rupert Sanders

Watched: 10/2/2019 (via Hulu and SyFy)

Rating: 2-2.5 stars

Synopsis (from IMDB): In the near future, Major Mira Killian is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.

My Thoughts

Five years ago, I watched and reviewed the 1995 animated movie of the same nameI mentioned then, and I will reiterate now, that cyberpunk is not one of my favorite science fiction subgenres.  A half decade has not improved my appreciation.  I had forgotten most of the plot and premises from the first viewing, so except for some minor flashbacks of memory, I had a clean slate going into the 2017 live action edition.

I connected less well with the protagonist than I did with the animated version.  In fact, I spent most of the movie confused and finding a reason to care for any of these characters.  The story is less well rendered in this live action treatment.  And I have to agree with the critics – I would have preferred a Japanese actress instead of Scarlett Johansson.  Scarlett is a great actress but this part deserved a more appropriate casting.

I also found myself getting bored and distracted during this movie.  I kept finding excuses to pause the movie and check my phone or anything else besides the watching the movie.  I would even pause to see how much longer was remaining, never a good sign.

My rating is about a star lower than the 1995 version. I really need to read the original manga to get some perspective and a baseline for comparison.