In the near future, Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible terrorist attack, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major Kusanagi is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major Kusanagi discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Written by Paramount Pictures (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database).
After seeing the trailer to GHOST IN A SHELL my first thought was cool, but at the same time seeing Scarlett Johanseen as “Major’ the lead character came with some concerns. Having seen the original anime version of GHOST IN A SHELL and knowing how ground breaking that was to see it “whitewashed” was kind of disappointing. Of course, the choice to do that was to help make the film profitable by using a star to peak interest for those not familiar with the original. All of that said I thought this live version played well. It was entertaining, with a complex story that reflected the original rather closely. So for GHOST IN A SHELL I give it 3.75 stars of 5.