Movie: Ghost in the Shell
Direction: Rupert Sanders
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han, Juliette Binoche
Music: Clint Mansell, Lorne Balfe
Cinematographer: Jess Hall
Editor: Neil Smith, Billy Rich
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi
What is it about: It’s a sci-fi thriller which is adapted from the Japanese Anime of the same name. This adaptation is directed by Rupert Sanders.
Why it’s disappointing: This film had a great premise and was aesthetically derived but lost it in emotional aspect. It staggers a bit to establish the requisite impact and doesn’t dig deep enough to justify the darkness the makers intend to portray on the screen. The film flows on the upper level and hardly makes an impression on the Anime fans.
What to watch out for: A film of this genre requires a VFX team of high calibre and it was perfectly achieved by them. It was most definitely one of the best looking films in recent times when it comes to this genre. And makes sure to hold a great visual appeal lauded by the audience.
The 3D was seamless and was perfectly rendered making it an amazing experience and the formatting in IMAX was icing on the cake which gave an aspect ratio to enjoy the distant world in its fullest form.
Scarlett Johansson was a perfect choice, as she can play the action bit at the best. And she did the role of “Major” to its finest. The rest of the supporting cast did a good job as well.
Cinematography by Jess Hall was delectable and etched to great tone giving a retro yet futuristic look to the film. The editing was sharp by Neil & Billy. And the score by Clint & Lorne was a gripping one.
Verdict: Rupert Sanders, did a neat job in adapting the Japanese Anime. It does staggers a bit to hold its ground. But a strong performance by Scarlett and spectacular visual effects makes this one a commendable watch.