In Review: Scarlet Johansson gives a 'commendably robotic but sexy performance' in Ghost in the Shell

Ghost In the Shell (2017)

Director: Rupert Sanders. (12a)

Rating 3/5 - worth watching


In the future, humans improve themselves with cybernetic technology.

After a seemingly serious accident, a young woman (Scarlet Johansson) has her brain rescued by a kindly doctor (Juliette Binoche) and placed in an artificial skeleton in order to save her life. She is in turn recruited to become the ultimate soldier, who is tasked with defending a monolithic corporation from data infringements and viruses.

When a hacker starts killing people associated with the project that created her, ‘Major’ as she is now known has to hunt him down. But finding him starts a series of memories about her former human life.

Review by Jason Day

Anyone who knows me, either personally or from reading my reviews, will be acquainted with the fact that I am no fan of films based on comics.

Now, I love to wallow in a good fantasy movie. But as far as possible, I like to see films that keep the 'nonsense' (layer upon layer of character descriptions, endless collective nouns and back stories) to a minimum. Comic based films, with their need to please loyal fans of the original work, always seem to fail in this regard.

Perhaps I was in a good mood then when seeing this largely very entertaining science fiction action adventure. Or perhaps I didn't notice or didn't care what nonsense there is in the screenplay although, by and large, the writers concentrate on the 'hunt the baddy' story thread and not the technical, nerd-to-know information.

Scarlet Johansson in an audience pleasing, clingy, flesh coloured body suit turns in a commendably robotic but sexy performance as the super soldier out to end the reign of a mysterious super hacker in a stunningly designed fantasy. Read my full review for more:

Cast & credits

Director: Rupert Sanders. 107 mins. Arad Productions/Dreamworks/Grosvenor Park/Paramount Pictures/Reliance/Seaside Entertainment/Steven Paul Production. (12a)
Producers: Ari Arad, Michael Costigan, Steven Paul.
Writers: Jamie Moss, William Wheeler.
Camera: Jess Hall.
Music: Lorne Balfe, Clint Mansell.
Sets: Jan Roelfs.
Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere.