“The Ghost In The Shell” – An Exciting, Strange Trip Into The Future

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“The Ghost in the Shell,” based on the Japanese anime of the same name, has been the focus of much controversy since the announcement that Scarlett Johansson would be playing the lead role of Motoko Kusanagi aka Major. Hopefully the casting of Miss Johansson as a Japanese cyborg won’t overshadow how good this film, directed by Rupert Sanders, has turned out.

“The Ghost in the Shell” takes place in Tokyo. The time is the near future.  Motoko Kusanagi is saved from a terrible crash, and thanks to Doctor Quelet (Juliet Binoche), she’s given a cyber body and becomes a soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.

When terrorism reaches a new level, which includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major, along with her team known as Section 9, is the only one qualified to stop them.

Along the way however, Major discovers that she has been lied to: Her life was not saved but stolen. Now she will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they can do this terrible thing to others.

In the end, “The Ghost in the Shell,” written by Masamune Shirow, James Moss and William Wheeler, is about what it means to be human. The film, which opens Friday, March 31, is exciting, visually stunning, and filled with great action and suspense. Miss Johansson and the rest of the international cast are all excellent, and fans of the classic will not be disappointed. 

Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to youtube.com/twojewsonfilm. Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.
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