GHOST IN THE SHELL

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - | SEVEN DAYS | FILM -

Di­rected by Ru­pert San­ders. Star­ring Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Michael Pitt, Pilou As­bæk, Chin Han, Juli­ette Binoche, Takeshi Ki­tano, Peter Fer­di­nando Dis­ap­point­ing, unimag­i­na­tive re­make of the clas­sic Ja­panese manga con­cern­ing a cy­borg with a hu­man mind. The dumb­ing-down is dis­ap­point­ing, but it might have made for a de­cent cops-and-rob­bers ac­tioner if di­rec­tor San­ders and screen­writer Jamie Moss hadn’t left in the ur­ban pil­low shots and con­tem­pla­tive spa­ces of the 1995 film. Sadly, we have noth­ing to con­tem­plate, ex­cept our own bore­dom. Jo­hans­son does what she does. But the film still feels pro­foundly un­nec­es­sary. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 106 min

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