Ghost in the Shell (1995)

1995 Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery, Animation

User Score: 71/100

Synopsis:

A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

The skillful blending of drawn animation and computer-generated imagery excited anime fans when this science fiction mystery was released in 1995: many enthusiasts believe Ghost suggests what the future of anime will be, at least in the short term. The film is set in the not-too-distant future, when an unnamed government uses lifelike cyborgs or "enhanced" humans for undercover work. One of the key cyborgs is The Major, Motoko Kusanagi, who resembles a cross between The Terminator and a Playboy centerfold. She finds herself caught up in a tangled web of espionage and counterespionage as she searches for the mysterious superhacker known as "The Puppet Master."

Mamoru Oshii directs with a staccato rhythm, alternating sequences of rapid-fire action (car chases, gun battles, explosions) with static dialogue scenes that allow the characters to sort out the vaguely mystical and rather convoluted plot. Kusanagi’s final quote from I Corinthians suggests that electronic evolution may compliment and eventually supplant organic evolution. The minor nudity, profanity, and considerable violence would earn Ghost in the Shell at least a PG rating. —Charles Solomon


About Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Reviewer:
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.55/5 stars from 7 users. Votes: 7.
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery, Animation

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