Ghost in the Shell (2017) : Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

After a fatal accident, the only thing left with Major (Scarlett Johansson) is her human brain.  In order for her to survive she is made as a robot but her mind and soul were transported with her inside a cyborg shell.  She is the perfect soldier launched to stop the evil activities of different criminals. However, after facing a new enemy, Major unveils the secrets that lie in her past, and she needs to search some answers before its too late.

Ghost in the Shell can be easily translated to an enjoyable popcorn flick if we can only base it on visual effects. However, as the film solidifies every detail to make the film more catchy in every scene; they forgot how to transport the audience to the core of the story. It needs a full attention, and you must not miss a single moment in it or else you will be lost in the fray.

The film is a two-hour special, but even it feels longer than the average flick it needs more time to recuperate and explain everything that is happening in the film. The action scenes were pretty intense, especially when the sparkling slow motion method is used, but you can't take away the fact that it comes to a point that you get tired in what you see in it.

Scarlett Johansson's acting was just fine, but sometimes it feels like we've just see Black Widow changed costumes. It's pretty much the same acting chops, but she still carries that strong attribute that always made her look fantastic on the screen. No doubt that she can carry her own film but needs to separate her new character from her previous roles. Other than that, Scarlett was fine and stunningly looked good in her silver outfit. 

Overall, Ghost in the Shell is a visual splendor with over-the-top computer generated design that stunningly looked good in 3D. However, there are a lot going on and everything feels crammed into the picture resulting to a somewhat enjoyable mess as a whole. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 6 out of 10 stars

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbaek

Directed by: Rupert Sanders
Distributed by: United International Pictures PH 
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