Dazzling 'Ghost in the Shell' is lost in translation

It begins with the "birth" of The Major, a human (Scarlett Johansson) plucked from the wreckage of a crash and souped up as a cyber-enhanced soldier, dedicated to serve as a soldier fighting risky criminals.

Android security agent The Major and the team she leads within a counter-terrorist unit find themselves set against an expert hacker who can, it seems, get anywhere and control anything.

So far, "Ghost in the Shell" has a 70 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which counts 31 out of 44 reviews as positive. Discuss this oft-repeated line from Ghost in the Shell, with reference to Scarlett Johansson's digitally corrupted memories.

"I believe having Scarlett play Motoko was the best possible casting for this movie", Oshii said, and some critics agree.

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But as it turns out, she wasn't saved at all and her whole life has been a lie.

In her interview Wednesday, Johansson said she would continue to support left-wing organizations like Planned Parenthood even if it causes some people to stay away from her films. The film's source material began as a manga which has gone on to spawn anime films, TV shows, video games - you name it. Just make sure you see it in IMAX.

While the visuals are spectacular - the film feels like a combination of "The Matrix" and any number of virtual reality video games - "Ghost in the Shell" is ultimately tiresome and uninspiring. Director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) has crafted a special effects wonder that will melt your eyeballs.

  • Michelle Webb