In 1995 Ghost in the Shell directed by Mamoru Oshii and based on the manga by Shirow Masamune was released, since then it’s become something a cult anime classic. When I watched the film as a kid, I found it to be a bore, it’s deeper questions asked about life and what makes us human was lost on me. Similarly the same year I watched Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, which I also found to be boring and its more minutiae details lost on me. Where both films featured action and cool sci-fi worlds, they asked deeper things of the audience. The 2017 film based on Masamune’s manga is none of these things and it’s boring to me for all the wrong reasons.
Scarlett Johansson plays Mira, a woman who is saved after a terrorist attack and has her brain inserted in a new cyborg body. She is created with one purpose: to be the first of her kind and prove a technology for the company that created her, Hanka. Put to work in a counter-terrorism beauru, Section 9, Mira becomes Major and works well in her new position. She then meets Kuze, a hacker who is killing people across the city and he challenges everything Mira thought she knew about herself.
What Mira remembers about herself is little as well, her memories are mostly gone from before her ordeal. Her partner Batou asks about her past with a general care for her, but Mira often seems gone to the more robotic side of herself.