Ghost in the Shell - 1.5 Stars
Fans of the iconic Anime series will be disappointed.
In the near future, Major 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.
Aside from the atrocious “white-washing” of the film it has too many flaws to stand on its own two feet - let alone kick off a franchise! Firstly the trailer spoils the ending, if you’ve seen any of the trailers you’ll already know the twist - which is a hugely disappointing move from the studio. Secondly all that trailer footage that looked super cool with Michael Wincott isn’t in the movie! His role is so small, that personally I wouldn’t have shown him in any trailer.
The performances, with the exception of Pilou Asbæk are lacklustre. Just because you’re playing robots, doesn’t mean you can’t exhibit emotion. The script lacks any sense of originality and could easily be any other robot film. Visually, it compensates, as the superb lightening, cinematography and CGI are sensually overwhelming. Really, the visuals are the only consistently good aspect of the film.
Overall, it’s a real disappointment.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas