GHOST IN THE SHELL: INDIVIDUAL...
Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
What's it about
Excellent question, to which I have no easy answer. Itís in the future, and lots of people are mad, and there are cybernetic internet cops, or something. Maybe you can explain it to me?
Is it good movie?
In the year 2030, after the fourth world war, Japan is home to some three-million refugees from various Asian nations, resulting in a powder keg of hostility as the refugees try to make the city of Dejeima their home while the Japanese populace attempts to maintain their well-known rigid sense of nationalism. The result is a spate of terrorism resulting in a man stepping forward who may be a messiah of peace or the harbinger of worldwide destruction.
Okay, first things first: I didnít watch the whole movie. Maybe this makes me a bad reviewer, but it is what it is. A two hour and forty-five minute movie distillation of an entire series of the television show, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: 2nd Gig: Individual Eleven is just as cumbersome and unfathomable as itís unwieldy title. I literally had no idea what was going on at any one minute of the two hours I made it through before wanting to stab myself in the face. My description of the plot comes from what I read on IMDb.
Maybe you need to be a Ghost in the Shell fan. Again, I donít know. There are many law enforcement agencies referenced Ė some benign, some malignant Ė as well as other various armies and peopleís forces. Everyone is apparently some sort of cyborg: either hardwired to the internet, or in a fake body, or some silly shit. I couldnít even keep track of who was in what cybernetic, artificially intelligent vehicle during chase scene. I was so profoundly at a loss that I ended shutting the thing off.
If you choose to watch it, good luck and Godspeed.
Video / Audio
Video: Even though itís only 1080i, the transfer still looks really excellent.
Audio: English and Japanese Dolby True HD 5.1 tracks, with optional English subtitles. I normally like to watch foreign media with the original audio, but there is no way to even halfway pay attention to the myriad goings-on in this film whilst reading subtitles.
2nd Gig: Individual Eleven Archives: This is basically a 30-minute interview with director Kenji Kamiyama. Assumedly it gives a lot of great background on the story, and its transition from television show to movie. I wouldnít know; I didnít watch it. I was so totally done by the time I got to it.
Tachikomatic Days: This one is less than four-minutes, so I watched it. And guess what? I have no idea what it was supposed to be. Itís got some of the blue AI-thingies with annoying teenaged-girl voices trying to solve the murder of some other electronic gadget, and it all turns out to be a dream. What. Ever.
There are also a few trailers, and an English version of the end credits.
Maybe you have to be into anime, or a fan of the Ghost in a Shell series, but I couldnít do anything at all with this crap. It looks awesome, and has very little in the way of camp Ė no big eyes, little mouth stuff here Ė but it was so totally inaccessible to an anime novice like me that I just threw up my hands in defeat and shut it the hell off.