Ghost in the Shell (1995) Movie Review

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Ghost in the Shell (1995)

1995 | R | Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery, Crime, Animation
83 minutes / 1h 23min

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Ghost in the Shell Plot Synopsis:

It is the year 2029. Technology has advanced so far that cyborgs are commonplace. In addition, human brains can connect to the internet directly. Major Motoko Kasunagi is an officer in Section 9, an elite, secretive police division that deals with special operations, including counter terrorism and cyber crime. She is currently on the trail of the Puppet Master, a cyber criminal who hacks into the brains of cyborgs in order to obtain information and to commit other crimes.

Ghost in the Shell (1995) Review

Ghost in the Shell (1995) is a Japanese anime sci-fi mystery movie that was based on Masamune Shirow manga of the same title. Director Mamoru Oshii (Urusei yatsura (1981), Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004), Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman II (1978)) did a marvelous job executing this extraordinary movie for anime fans. The film contains an interesting plot, superb animation, excellent dialog with exquisite details, awesome, unusual special effects, beautiful action scenes, and the display of the character’s emotions were spectacular. The sound effects in the background were okay and was not overdone. I recommend all anime fans to watch this movie because it is one of a kind, and you will not be disappointed. It is more of a grown-up movie that I do not recommend for kids because of the screenplay, extremely graphic violence and girls wearing skimpy clothing that is kind of revealing. There are many nude scenes showing females breast and one scene showing the genital of a woman, but it is not graphic.The movie also contains extremely graphic violence, bad language, and an excellent screenplay.

Ghost in the Shell follows a mission to find a hacker known as the Puppet Master as they follow Section 9, a public security agency. Major Motoko Kusanagi is the assault team leader in the year 2029 for the Public Security Section 9 where she was given a mission to capture the Puppet Master. Motoko (Atsuko Tanaka - Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004), Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex Solid State Society (2006)) and her team finds their suspect. Motoka stumbled into many complex political intrigues that cover-up the identity of the Puppet Master and his goals. A mass majority of humanity has direct access to the network through cybernetic bodies/shells that can give them superhuman abilities by possessing their consciousness. Motoka discovers upon arresting their suspect and his help that both men’s memories are not original. She thinks that their memories were erased, or another memory was implanted. The Puppet Master must have "ghost-hacked" the men, and he gave one hell of a fight. Will Motoko capture him or will he capture her? What happens is for you to explore but be warned that it might be best to view this movie twice to see all the things you might have missed the first time around. It is a movie that you will want to keep in your home for later viewing.

  • Ghost in the Shell Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.10
  • IMDB: 8.0
  • MetaCritic: 7.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 9.6

About Ghost in the Shell 1995

Title: Ghost in the Shell
Year: 1995
Runtime: 83 minutes
Type: Anime
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery, Crime, Animation
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.55/5 stars from 110,771 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 110,771
MPAA Rating: R
Ghost in the Shell Cast Starring: Steve Blum, Kirk Thornton, William Knight, Takashi Matsuyama, Doug Stone, Richard Cansino, John Snyder, Richard Epcar, Michael Forest, Tom Wyner, Dorothy Elias-Fahn, Tesshô Genda, Peter Spellos, Michael Sorich, Bryan Cranston, Joe Romersa, Kôichi Yamadera, Kevin Seymour, Akio Ôtsuka, Tesshô Genda, Christopher Joyce, Simon Prescott, Skip Stellrecht, Lia Sargent, Stephen Apostolina, Kôichi Yamadera, Tamio Ohki, Daran Norris, Steve Bulen, Mike Reynolds
Ghost in the Shell Writers: Shirow Masamune, Kazunori Itô
Ghost in the Shell Director: Mamoru Oshii
Production: Palm Pictures
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan, UK