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Movie Review: Ghost in the Shell

There are some movies that make me feel stupid. This is one of them. Why? Because while I was watching it, I was confused. And by the end, that hadn't changed. Perhaps I wasn't paying enough attention at the right moments, or maybe I should have looked it up before watching it. Still, I'm not as sci-fi literate as others, so I suppose that's why some information went over my head. It probably requires a second viewing to be better understood, but I won't lie, I don't want to watch it again. It was okay, and fairly entertaining, but not all that gripping.

It's set in the future, a future in which some humans are part machine, and some humans aren't human at all, rather man-made creations. Everyone has a "ghost". I was never clear on what that was, but I assume it's the equivalent of a soul. Correct me if I'm wrong, though.

The heroine is one such human/android, or maybe all machine save for some brain cells. She's androgynous, and she takes off her clothes more than once. And then there's The Puppet Master, a virus of some sort that takes over other people's bodies and does his biddings through them. He doesn't have a body, so he uses theirs. But a team from Sector 9(?) is trailing him! Our heroine is the one dogging him the most.

And I'm still a little lost. Forgive me. As far as I can tell, a lot of folks like Ghost in the Shell, and they probably understand it more than I do. So, if anime and/or sci-fi are your things, then there's a good chance you'll dig this.

My grade: B


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