I'm not as familiar with the manga that spawned the anime, but it was obvious that parts of the film were pulled from the original content. He said he even liked it better than Logan. Rupert Sanders, director of Snow White and the Huntsman, helmed the picture, which caught a fair amount of flak for recasting the beloved Japanese manga with a white actress. While tracking a particularly elusive hacker known only as Kuze, she discovers more about herself and more about her past than intended. Whether she had Sanders honor the intent of "Ghost in the Shell" or betray it is for each viewer to decide. Just make sure you see it in IMAX. "Even if her original body (presuming such a thing existed) were a Japanese one, that would still apply". The fact Major is so emotionally dower about her life eliminates any chance of the film rising about the level of standard cop drama.
Major uses her mechanically enhanced skills as part of a small law enforcement group.
This film is violent but without a lot of blood and gore. The story in this live-action version combines elements of the Wachowskis' THE MATRIX, along with THE BOURNE IDENTITY, TERMINATOR and other films thrown in.
All the philosophical themes are presented but feel oddly redacted to a point that, by the third act, the film seemed nearly unwilling to delve deeper into a proper existential discussion about identity and duality or humanity and technology.
But movie vet Johansson, who plays a woman whose brain is transferred to a cybernetic body after a disgusting accident, manages to avoid the psycho-babbling, overdone self-examination that sinks many movies of this type. A lot of care has been put into re-creating the visual aspects of the anime film, right down to Johansson sporting the same haircut. The script completely sidesteps any of the troubling complexities of the big revelation, and all of the actors directly involved with the storyline are left off the hook-Johansson, Pitt, and Momoi have to pretend as though the idea of Japanese brains being stolen by rich white people and placed in white bodies carries no racial implications. The company took the brains of the runaways and used them create the ultimate superhuman weapon by encasing them in white "bodies".
It does depict a cosmopolitan city filled with characters of many races, and a law enforcement team at Section 9 (where Major works) that's similarly diverse.
"Comparatively lifeless" feels like an odd criticism to levy at a live action adaptation of an animated movie, and yet there's little other way to describe it. They know they are hunting a man, who is bent on destroying the Hanka Corporation and their cybernetic work. On Friday, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Ghost in the Shell was tracking for an opening weekend of $20 Million at the U.S. box office. It's entertaining as a pretty action movie but really nothing more than that. The result is a setting that's constantly distracting as you wonder not only how far into the future "Ghost in the Shell" is supposed to be, but what exactly happened to reduce Japanese people to a minority in their own country (a country that is now so homogeneous that its population is now 98.5% Japanese). But it is not enough to maintain interest and audiences may be forgiven for nodding off, only to be jarred awake by the film's outbursts of gunfire and mayhem.