Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

ghotDirector: Mamoru Oshii

Writer: Mamoru Oshii (Screenplay) Masamune Shirow (Comic)

Starring: (voice Talents) Akio Otsuka, Astuko Tanaka, Koichi Yamadera, Tamio Oki, Yutaka Nakano, Naoto Takenaka

 

Plot: In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot–one created solely for sexual pleasure–who slaughtered her owner.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slightly Easier to Follow

 

Story: Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence starts with Bato and Togusa investigating sex robots that have been starting to kill their owners before killing themselves. With former partner Major Motoko Kusanagi still missing in action the new pair have to learn their own strengths and weaknesses as they look to uncover what is causing this problem.

Going underground the pair discover there is a change in the underground crime rings who are looking to make a play to change who is the head of the mobs. The answers to their questions will take them in a direction where they have to work with an old enemy Kim to learn the truth.

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence brings us a more intense story dealing with robots killing owners, this shouldn’t be happening due to the programming and with a new partnership we have to see them work out the crime. I do feel we needed to see a lot more from the Motoko character as she is almost not in the film and in the end it is just two cops trying to solve a crime nothing more. The film doesn’t give you enough to wonder what is happening either.

 

Character Review

 

Bato: Bato is the cyborg leading the investigating the new case involving the sex robots killing their owners, he is still dealing with the loss of Major Kusanagi but is happy to be with the new partner Togusa. He is happy to shoot first and leave what might be for a later time. Bato is very similar to his previous outing but this time he becomes the leading man of the saga.

Major Motoko Kusanagi: Motoko only turns up in the final act of the film even though we have our main character talk about her the whole film. Motoko gets wasted in this outing of the film because she was the kick ass character from the first film.

Togusa: Togusa is the human police officers who now has to team up with Bato after Motoko disappearance, he is happy but still unsure how to act around Bato more aggressive tactics when it goes about solving the crimes. He is all about his family and gets worried when things are putting his own life in danger. Togusa deals with more problems with what is going on in the world and feels like the reluctant partner this time.

Kim: Kim is the brilliant creator that has been living alone away from the world but has been using his skills as both a cyborg and hacker to change the world where he asks the questions about what is real anymore. Kim ends up being the crazy computer system which works for what is going on.

 

Support Characters: Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence has the same supporting characters which might as well just be the ones we have seen before.

Director Review: Mamoru OshiiMamoru gives us an interesting mystery but not enough suspects in the mystery.

 

Animation: Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence has great looking animations being used throughout the film.

Sci-Fi: Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence once again brings us into the future world with cyborgs being part of everyday life.

Thriller: Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence doesn’t keep you guessing as much as it could.

Settings: Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence creates wonderful looking settings through the investigation.
Suggestion
: Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is one of the anime fans only really. (Anime Fans)

 

Best Part: The walk across the bridge looks stunning.

Worst Part: Motoko not involved enough.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: Innocence is Life

 

Overall: You know the world not lets just make it a cop drama

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2015 Awards – Best Actress

Through the month of January I will be looking back on 2015, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at Best Actress, these are the actresses that have made a big impact with their performances this year. I have pick ten performances and they are NOT in an order before number one.

Mentions that could have been number one;

·         Maisie Williams – Cyberbullycasey This is from a made for TV movie in the UK where the young Game of Thrones star gives us a solo performance as a teenager getting tormented online by an unknown cyber stalker in an act of revenge. It was great to see one of the most popular stars from GoT shine in a role that could have turned out very boring.

·         Charlize Theron – Mad Max Fury Road fursiooa This performance shows Hollywood still knows how to make strong female action stars in a role here where she owns every scene she is in.

·         Helen Mirren – Woman in Gold mariaHelen gives us a great performance opposite Ryan Reynolds on this based on a real story of one lady who takes on a government to get back what is hers.

·         Olivia Cooke – Me and Earl and The Dying Girl rachel Olivia is the Dying Girl who ends up becoming friends with our leading star as the two whose lives are going in very different direction become friends in this coming of age tale.

·         Cate Blanchett – Carol carl character Cate is brilliant in this role as the older woman who gets involved in a relationship with a young woman.

·         Rooney Mara – Carol therese Rooney plays the young woman who falls for the older woman in this lesbian love story from the 1950s.

·         Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn elisi We follow the young Irish woman who move to Brooklyn where she beginnings a romance with an Italian before tragedy strikes back home and she is left with a difficult decision about where to spend her life.

·         Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl gerda Alicia plays Gerda a Danish artist who supports her husband through his decision to become a woman, she is incredible in this role where she could have been nominated for even more performances this year.

·         Rachel McAdams – Spotlightteam Rachel gives us a flawless performance in this very interesting film about the Boston Globe.

My favourite

·         Brie Larson – Room ma jack Brie gives one of the best performance in many years in this difficult to watch film that could be hauntingly true.

Upcoming Release – DEATH IN THE DESERT

Michael Madsen stars in “classic” true-crime thriller DEATH IN THE DESERT, coming home this Februarydesert

Death in the Desert, inspired by the true crime book by Cathy Scott, and starring internationally-acclaimed actor Michael Madsen, comes to VOD February 16 from Osiris Entertainment.

Michael Madsen “steals the show” (Examiner.com) in a “classic” and “captivating” thriller (The Huffington Post) inspired by the real-life murder of casino tycoon Ted Binion.

Legendary casino owner Ray Easler (Madsen, The Hateful Eight) gets more than he bargained for when his live-in girlfriend falls for the hired help.  What results is a mystery a deck of cards long, and a finale that’ll shock like the largest of losses.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Josh Evans,Death in the Desert available February 16 on VOD.