If you end up going to the movies this week and you happen to be stoned and/or tripping hard on any psychoactive substances during the previews, watching the second trailer for the upcoming science fiction tale Ghost In The Shell will be either an amazing and/or terrifying experience for you. Everyone else will probably just be really intrigued and creeped out at the same time.
The new film, starring Scarlett Johansson, takes place in the near-future of 2029, where an elite government security force named Section 9 is tasked with hunting down dangerous hackers and cyber terrorists who threaten to unleash chaos in a world overwhelmingly dominated by technological advancement. Led by Major Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson), a powerful cyborg-human hybrid, the unit will face it’s greatest challenge yet as they face an enemy dedicated to destroying the technological progress of the Hanka Robotics company.
The film is based on the 1995 Japanese anime film of the same name, which happens to be regarded as one of the greatest anime films of all time. It’s cultural impact on Japanese anime and beyond has been fairly huge. Don’t believe me? Do you like The Matrix? Well then you partially have Mamoru Oshii (the director of the original anime) to thank for that. That’s right, the Wachoskis themselves were heavily influenced by the 1995 film, something all Matrix fans can be grateful for.
Knowing that, in fact, makes me more intrigued by this new remake, and by extension, it’s predecessor. The weird Blade Runner-like cyberpunk visuals don’t hurt either. Or just Scarlett Johansson in general (I’m a red-blooded human male, I can’t help it) There’s also some creepy imagery of a geisha/robot/monster that hacks into some (cyborg?) dude by shooting it’s scary robot tongue at the base of his (cyborg?) skull and downloading his brain data. So, you know, fun for the whole family really.
This looks primed to be an imaginative look into a cyberpunk dystopia that will stick with you after leaving the theater, love it or hate it. And I’m always up for one of those.
Ghost in the Shell releases in theaters on March 31st, 2017