The American Ghost in the Shell movie will arrive next Friday, March 31, when its creators will finally find out whether it was worth playing in the whitewashing sandbox. (Many superfans will be scrutinizing was worth adapting at all.)
Today, the first five minutes of Ghost in the Shell available to begin the pre-judging. It jumps straight into the action, giving Dark Knight and Mission: Impossible vibes.
"73 percent of this world has woken up to the age of cyber-enhancement," says this one robotics-biz corporate douche at a power-dinner. "Do you really wanna be left behind?" This leads to a discussion of organic humanism vs. artificially enhanced existences, of spirit vs. machine.
Johansson's in the vaunted thermoptic suit within minutes, taking a pretty reckless-looking dive off a highrise. We won't spoil any more, other than to say it's violent as all heck. And that, problematic casting/problematic Hollywood aside—even this whole movie aside—ScarJo still kicks focused ass like no other. Where the F is the Black Widow movie, Marvel?
Ghost in the Shell is directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Hunstman) and stars "Beat" Takeshi Kitano, Pilou Asbaek, Chin Han, Juliette Binoche and Michael Carmen Pitt. If there's nothing that can get you on board with the new version, Mamoru Oshii's original Japanese anime version did hit more than 100 U.S. theaters last month—so do you dare hope it'll be back?
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