Sadly, as the plot proceeds, Sanders begins to duck ... bothersome concepts. He picks a more sentimental path, which leads Major, following the example of Jason Bourne, on a quest to discover who she truly is.
It gets bogged down in aesthetics that are stimulating only for the sake of stimulation, seemingly without a flicker of thought behind them. Shell indeed, but there's no ghost at home.
A flimsy copy of a copy, one that recreates some of the anime's set-pieces nearly shot for shot, but then pares away nearly everything else that made the original a classic.
It's unfortunate, if predictable, that Hollywood found it necessary to almost entirely eliminate deep think in favor of deep action.
Ghost in the Shell is visually compelling but tone deaf.
It only works up much feeling when it is trying to defend itself against protests that might affect its bottom line. You won't be much moved by that either.
A hot mess of a philosophical cyber-thriller....Some cool visuals, though.
What's missing, besides narrative drive, is the existential angst at the anime's heart: the titular ghost in the shell is the soul, the humanity, resident in the surviving human brain planted in an electric Barbie Doll.
Splendid-looking but otherwise dreadful