Five Reasons You’ll Love It - August 7, 2017

Ghost In The Shell - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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Ghost In The Shell - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

It’s been almost 10 years since Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks acquired the rights to make a remake of hit anime spectacular Ghost In The Shell and it finally hits cinemas this weekend.

Scarlett Johansson leads the way in the remake, reportedly banking as much as $17.5 million for her starring role. She is joined by Boardwalk Empire's Michael Carmen Pitt, Chocolat's Juliette Binoche, Borgen's Pilou Asbæk and Battle Royale's Takeshi Kitano, all of whom are in key supporting roles.

The movie has been directed by Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders with a script from Jonathan Herman and Jamie Moss.

Ghost In The Shell follows Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9 devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists.

The comic on which the movie is based has previously been adapted by director Mamoru Oshii in 1995 for an anime film, which spawned a sequel in 2004 named Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence, both of which are considered classics of the genre.

The movie arrives in stores this week on DVD and Blu-ray, but we caught a screening before the film hit cinema screens earlier this year and rounded up five reasons you’ll love it...


It’s a stunning visual spectacle…

Johansson’s salary will have taken up a fair chunk of the film’s $100 million budget, but every other penny has used to create an incredible visual experience. The texture and depth of Major’s look, as well as the huge, sprawling cityscapes, are rendered in incredible detail. It’s quite something to take it all in.

 

Scarlett Johansson anchors the movie superbly…

Johansson’s casting as The Major wasn’t without controversy, both for her salary and her origins, but she does a great job of leading the way here.

 

The supporting actors are all superbly cast…

None of Pitt, Binoche, Kitano and Asbæk are household names, but director Rupert Sanders has worked hard to find the right actor for each of the roles. Particularly joys are Asbæk’s hard-drinking, but fiercely loyal Batou and Kitano’s sage, but deadly Chief Daisuke Aramaki.

 

It’s lean and action-packed…

Clocking in at a super lean 106 minutes, this is a pacey and punchy take on the story, with plenty of time dedicated to powerhouse action sequences.

 

Clint Mansell’s soundtrack drives the movie wonderfully...

Mansell’s score gives the movie a threatening and thoroughly unsettling tone throughout, it’s up there with his best work.

 

 

Ghost in the Shell is available in stores now, you can also find it here in our online store.

Ghost in the Shell (hmv Exclusive) Limited Edition Artwork includes Bonus Disc
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