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GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017)

#56 is the recent release Ghost in the Shell. Trust me when I tell you that this film has almost nothing going for it, except for Scarlett Johansson, who simply is playing these type of parts far too often (Lucy, Under the Skin). Those other films were darn good. This one isn't. A corporation looking for a weapon puts a human brain (hers) into an android prototype. She's called Major (there's more of the name, but way too much to type). Boy is she powerful! Boy does sh...e have an identity crisis, wondering about her true self and the "glitches' that seem to be flashes of her old memories as a human! A hacker gets into her mainframe and tries to use the information he discovers against the corporation. So Major has to find herself. All the while, violent action ensues. Except when it doesn't. It's all ersatz Blade Runner cityscapes minus the familiar advertising logos everywhere. It rains a lot. I become so incredibly drowsy that only a well-timed handful of Mike & Ikes could bring me back. Was I somehow hacked like Major? Yes - by the sandman!


Ghost in the Shell is workmanlike and derivative, with few points of interest. I have not seen the original animated film, but I'm willing to go out on a limb and say it's got to be better then this muddled adaptation of the original Japanese manga.

TLA one word review: convoluted

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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