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Ghost in the Shell (1998) Horror Movie Review

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Ghost in the Shell (1998)

The skillful blending of drawn animation and computer-generated imagery excited anime fans when this science fiction mystery was released in 1995: many enthusiasts believe Ghost suggests what the future of anime will be, at least in the short term. The film is set in the not-too-distant future, when an unnamed government uses lifelike cyborgs or “enhanced” humans for undercover work. One of the key cyborgs is The Major, Motoko Kusanagi, who resembles a cross between The Terminator and a Playboy centerfold. She finds herself caught up in a tangled web of espionage and counterespionage as she searches for the mysterious superhacker known as “The Puppet Master.” 

Mamoru Oshii directs with a staccato rhythm, alternating sequences of rapid-fire action (car chases, gun battles, explosions) with static dialogue scenes that allow the characters to sort out the vaguely mystical and rather convoluted plot. Kusanagi’s final quote from I Corinthians suggests that electronic evolution may compliment and eventually supplant organic evolution. The minor nudity, profanity, and considerable violence would earn Ghost in the Shell at least a PG rating. —Charles Solomon


About Ghost in the Shell (1998)

Title: Ghost in the Shell
Year: 1998
Starring: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Ôtsuka, Tamio Ôki, Kôichi Yamadera
Rating: 3/5 stars from 5 users. Reviews: 5.
Rating: Not available
Runtime: 82 minutes
Director: Mamoru Oshii


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