Ghost in the Shell (2017), Dir. Rupert Sanders

Ghost in the Shell (2017), Dir. Rupert Sanders
Everyone around me, they feel connected to something. Connected to something, I’m not.
— The Major, Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Peter Ferdinando, Michael Pitt, Chin Han, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara, Tawanda Manyimo, Rila Fukushima, Christopher Obi.
Director: Rupert Sanders
Screenplay: Jonathan Herman & Jamie Moss.

I wanted this to be good, I wanted a new Blade Runner before the new Blade Runner comes out. I wanted a new science fiction film that creates this intensely diverse and beautiful world that will stick in your mind, seep into your bloodstream and evoke images for your lifetime to come. This film does not even come close to managing that for that makes me furious.

I am furious because there was so much there to tap into but instead we get the most surface level exposition dribble that I would expect from the first 30 minutes of a Christopher Nolan movie. There are times you need to explain your universe but not every god damned time some character opens their mouths. And using the word character is being rather nice, there is none here just faces that say things and bodies that do kind of cool martial art, kind of. There is no direction here, the frame is too overcrowded with pretty things that I struggled to realise that I had already seen the 'glitches' The Major (Scarlett Johansson) was talking about to her maker Dr. Ouélet (Juliette Binoche) before she mentioned them.

It is a shame as the world is so beautiful here, the colours stand out, the costumes are gorgeous, the sets are so well textured yet nothing interesting is happening within them to let them bloom as they should. Scarlett Johansson is known for her minimal expression acting but this takes it to a whole new level of boredom. She looks bored here and you can understand why. There is nothing for her to do expect walk around, pose nicely for the camera then stare at whatever CG pops up in front of her.

I was suspicious as to why this film was made so quickly, only this time last year they were filming it on the backlot of Miramar, Wellington and now a fully CG heavy film is on our screens. I can see why now.

★ ★ 1/2