PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama
In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.
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Although the film is largely an original story, the film does use several characters, as well as visual and thematic cues not only from Ghost in the Shell (1995), but also its sequel, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004). The geisha, for example, are lifted from Innocence.
Oxygen levels are dropping... Brain function normal... Cerebral salvage ready to proceed... Robotic skeleton prepared and waiting for brain insertion... Initiate Project 2571...
A key distinction between the source material and the film is that the Major in this film has her original human brain, which has been transplanted into a cybernetic body. In the original film she is fully cybernetic, including her brain, with only her 'ghost' transferred from her original body. This is the core of her existential crisis in the original film, as she literally does not know if she is still the original 'soul'. This film does touch on that with the nature of wiped/rewritten memories, but there can be no argument about whether her 'ghost' is present as she still has her original brain. Not only does this undermine her existential crisis in THIS film, but it also removes the meaning of the film's title, as she is no longer JUST a 'Ghost in the Shell'.
The first few seconds of each opening logo are trimmed.
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