Paramount is wasting no time in getting the word out on its new film ‘Ghost in the Shell.’ Less than 2 weeks since its release of the film’s Super Bowl trailer, the studio has unveiled another, this time focusing more on the plot of the film than the action.
The film is an adaptation of the popular anime/manga classic of the same name and is set in the future where cybernetic technology has made it possible to create a human cyborg where a person’s consciousness is set into an entirely a new body. ‘Ghost in the Shell’ follows a special ops one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid called the Major (Scarlett Johansson) who leads the elite task force called Section 9 whose mission is to stop the most dangerous criminals and extremists. You could say the Major is somewhat of the next gen of Robo-cops. Of course in the world of sci-fi, not all advancements are good ones. While having your consciousness transferred to another vessel, it does leave you open for nefarious entities to be able to implant false memories in the process. In the film, Section 9 will be facing one such entity whose sole mission is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s cyber technology.
In an interview with Collider, Avi Arad stated:
The villains in the story are people that are abusing this brave new world. The movie certainly addresses this whole idea of in the future, if you think about everybody’s biggest fear around technology is about getting your identity stolen (which is really just your credit record) as opposed someone hacking your brain could happen here. The more technology gets inside of you and the more it’s woven into your life the more that people can abuse it. So there are characters, both at a criminal level and a governmental level, who are abusing technology and doing scary things.
While there has been some controversy about the casting of the film (mainly the fact that Johansson is a Caucasian actress playing a Japanese character named Kusanagi), the look of the film is visually stylish and from the new trailer released, seems to be an adaptation worth checking out.
Let us know if you’re looking forward to seeing ‘Ghost in the Shell.’
Ghost in the Shell opens March 31, 2017, and stars Scarlet Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Juliette Binoche, Kaori Momoi, Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Yutaka Izumihara, and Tuwanda Manyimo.
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