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Fast Five Review: Ghost in the Shell

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Science Fiction, Action | 2017

Major Mira Killian is the first of her kind: a perfect, cybernetically enhanced soldier, designed to hunt down the world’s most dangerous criminals. When a new terrorist threat arises, Major is the perfect choice to stop it – but as she prepares to face her enemy, she uncovers secrets from her past that leave her reeling.

1) Did you like it?

Well look, it’s complicated. I came to this film with not much in the way of previous knowledge of Ghost in the Shell. This live action film is a reimagining of the classic 1995 anime version, considered a classic of the genre, which is in turn based on an earlier manga version.

What I do know about Ghost in the Shell is that casting Scarlett Johansson in the lead role – a character who was originally Japanese – was never going to be a good idea. And, without giving anything away, the film’s attempts to correct this misstep only make the problem so, soooo much worse.

Let’s just say right from the start that this is a movie with some pretty irredeemable flaws. There are brief glimpses of brilliance, but they’re few and far between.

2) Why?

One good thing about this film? It’s visually stunning. The opening sequence depicting the rebirth of Major Mira Killian – that’s Johansson’s character, by the way – will take your breath away. The world in which this film is set is one of holographic advertising, vying for space with towering skyscrapers and ordinary people trying to make a living. It’s all very pretty. And pretty familiar.

ghostintheshellagainThere’s more to world-building than just throwing in a tonne of CGI. Compare this movie to The Fifth Element or Blade Runner, for instance – they’re also films set in sprawling metropolises, but they actually made you feel what it was like to be a part of that world. That’s the thing with this film – there’s not much in the way of atmosphere. Oddly, for a movie about ghosts and shells; souls and machines, Ghost in the Shell often feels as hollow as a chocolate bunny. Ironic, huh?

3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

Fans of The Matrix are going to love this film. Consider this The Matrix re-Reloaded.  Action lovers will also get a kick out of Ghost in the Shell. Its action scenes are slick – and frequent.

4) This movie made me think about…

When’s the new Blade Runner film coming out again? Is it soon?? I hope they don’t mess it up. Will there ever be a Neuromancer film? Also, how amazing is Scarlett Johansson’s hair?

ghostintheshell3 ghostintheshell25) Overall rating?

Five stars for Scarlett Johansson’s hair…two for the film.

2-stars

 

Fast Five Review: Logan

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Action | 2017

Logan, aka Wolverine, has seen better days. He’s old, tired and fed up, working as a limo driver to help look after Charles Xavier, who has an incredibly powerful mind that’s slowly being destroyed by a degenerative illness. There have been no new mutants born in the past 25 years, making Logan and Charles among the last of their kind. That’s until Logan encounters a powerful new mutant – a young girl with remarkable powers…and dark forces already on her tail.

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Fast Five Review: The Great Wall (2016)

mattdamonthegreatwallThe Great Wall
2016 | M | Action

The Great Wall of China: it took 1700 years to build, and it’s 5500 miles long. What were the ancient Chinese trying to keep out? Probably Matt Damon. Unperturbed, he stars in this clunky but colourful film about trust, courage – and skewering lots of monsters. Yeah.

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Fast Five Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2016 | M | Science Fiction, Action

 We all know about Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia, and how they defeated Darth Vader and brought down the Empire. But – an even longer time ago, in a galaxy further away – there was another band of heroes just as daring, whose actions helped save the galaxy. This is their story…

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