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Ghost in the Shell is attractive, but nearly soulless

Ghost in the Shell is attractive, but nearly soulless”

It begins with the "birth" of The Major, a human (Scarlett Johansson) plucked from the wreckage of a crash and souped up as a cyber-enhanced soldier, dedicated to serve as a soldier fighting risky criminals. As terrorism peeks to somewhat Orwellian standards where people's minds are invaded and then controlled, Major Mira fights to stop it, only to realize she's been a victim the whole time.

Ghost In The Shell is available in United Kingdom cinemas and IMAX now.

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In an interview for her latest movie, The Ghost in the Shell, Scarlett Johansson revealed that she's taking self-defense classes after a journalist asked if she could beat him up during an interview.

According to him, Johansson was very professional and very easy to work with.

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"Purists may not want to hear it, but she's ideal at the conceptual side of the role". It's hard to get engaged by Johansson's portrayal, since she plays the character devoid of emotion throughout the entire film. "The unusual disconnect between Johansson's intelligence and her coolly dispassionate looks has been exploited before, most brilliantly in Jonathan Glazer's 'Under the Skin'". The film's source material began as a manga which has gone on to spawn anime films, TV shows, video games - you name it.

As for the racial controversy surrounding her casting - particularly the charges of "whitewashing" - the film addresses this directly in a way that could be seen as problematic, but can also be read as a comment on the way corporate culture's default vision of a post-racial world tends to skew white.

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But other critics felt that in order to "translate the tone for a modern audience", fundamental elements should not have been overlooked.



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