By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic)
WHAT'S GHOST IN THE SHELL ABOUT?
A super-agent with a human brain and a robotic body embarks on a quest to discover her identity. Rent or buy it here.
IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C+)
Much like its heroine, Ghost in the Shell looks phenomenal and kicks butt, but is too cold and detached to truly connect. Largely a wonder of design (even if a couple of times the futuristic cityscapes aren't quite believable, they always look fantastic) with a compelling premise, some genuine surprises, an excellent musical score, and some hard-hitting action, unfortunately it limps when it should soar dramatically. For a story about the human soul the whole affair seems rather soulless. It does little to foster empathy for its characters (Juliette Binoche is an exception) and rushes through its bolder ideas.