The following review was written by guest contributor Sam.
Ghost in the Shell takes place in the year 2029 AD; cybernetic terrorism is at an all-time high and a group known only as section 9 are designed to take on the biggest cases. A counter-terrorism cyborg leader known as the “Major” (a female robocop with enormous boobs) is called in when a mysterious entity known as the “Puppet Master” starts hacking into cyborg bodies. Section 9 becomes very concerned by these events as they are comprised mostly of cyborg cops who talk quasi-telepathically to each other.
Section 9 learns that this hacker terrorist may use an unwitting cyborg host to listen into a special government official’s meeting, and the hunt for the Puppet Master ensues. Some anime movies have only animated art design but Ghost in the Shell exceeds in art direction while successfully utilizing CG throughout. With an R-rating, plenty of naked boobs, and some great violence but at times, the movie can drag a bit despite being a more serious execution for an anime.
Steven Spielberg purchased the rights to make a live-action adaption of this film, purportedly to be filmed in 3D. Let’s hope Spielberg’s version is as good as the original movie, if not better.