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Ghost in the Shell (12A)

Ghost in the Shell (12A)

Action, Crime, Drama

In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.
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The critical consensus

Scarlett Johansson is spectacular in this fantastic live-action take on the classic anime.

****(*)Angie Errigo, The List, 29/03/2017

Vapid eye candy that’s about as shallow as a puddle.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 28/03/2017

Not the most original film you’ll see this year, but Ghost in the Shell’s visually stunning sci-fi world demands to be seen on the big screen.

***(*)(*)Matt Maytum, Total Film, 29/03/2017

Whatever its shortcomings, it underlines Johansson’s credentials as the most charismatic and versatile screen superheroine of her era.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 29/03/2017

Johansson does cyberbattle in a westernised reimagining of the Japanese anime classic that proves watchable but doesn’t have the spirit of the original.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 29/03/2017

So heavily derivative it doesn’t feel like anything new, and there’s little depth beneath that slick surface. But it’s solid and attractive, at least, with a retro appeal to its cyberpunk stylings.

***(*)(*)Dan Jolin, Empire Online, 29/03/2017

This iteration of Ghost in the Shell works as a solid franchise starter, one that reconfirms Johansson’s status as a bona fide blockbuster star deserving of such headline roles.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 30/03/2017

Ghost In The Shell is a sleek, futuristic, action-packed thriller and an undeniable visual feast but the clunky dialogue and stiff performances make this feel all a little soulless.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 31/03/2017

This Hollywood remake of the 90s anime classic pays tribute to the original while broadening its appeal. And it looks fantastic.

****(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 02/04/2017

Features about Ghost in the Shell (12A)

Original Ghost in the Shell director: 'no basis' for whitewashing anger.

The Guardian, 24/03/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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