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Ghost in the Shell ( Kôkaku kidôtai ) (1996) Movie Reviews

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02/02/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

"Ghost In The Shell" by Yojimbo

In a future state where cyborgs are commonplace and everyone has computerized brain augmentations containing their psyches (or "ghosts"), a team of investigators chase a cyber-criminal who hacks the minds of others to do his bidding. One of the cornerstones of Manga and Anime, Ghost In The Shell has obviously influenced a lot of Hollywood sci-fi, and this film has in turn been influenced by them in return. Coming across as a hotch potch of ideas from The Matrix, Blade Runner and Robocop, this animated film has a lot to commend it visually, with excellent animation, inventive visual effects and the backgrounds in particular are beautifully rendered. Unfortunately the director was obviously also in awe of these creations and spends far too much time lingering on them while nothing happens o...

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08/02/2007 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

After 25 Years - The Impact is Stronger Than Ever

It's hard to imagine a film dealing with issues relating to technology, politics and even the nature of the soul could be as relevant as when it was released as it is today. But after having viewed the 25th Anniversary Edition of Ghost in the Shell I can wholeheartedly say it has more than withstood the test of time - it has probably even gotten better with age.

As the booklet it was packed with informs me, Ghost in the Shell was released the same year as Pixar's Toy Story. This could be considered the fledgling age of CGI in film. Ghost in the Shell uses it in a much more nuanced way - mixing traditional animation in with the computer-enhanced effects. And the Blu-Ray transfer looks amazing. But while the visuals help with the overall effort, it's really the story and the way it portr...

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