Paramount Has Released the First Five Minutes of 'Ghost in the Shell', and It's Amazing

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 - 12:28PM
Ghost in the Shell
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 - 12:28PM
Paramount Has Released the First Five Minutes of 'Ghost in the Shell', and It's Amazing
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Ghost in the Shell fans new and old, rejoice! The first five minutes of the movie have been shared online, and it looks absolutely stunning.



There's so much good stuff in this that it's hard to know where to begin. Everything is in high gear right from the beginning, from the luscious special effects and the living, breathing future city (although it's unclear whether this is set in Japan) to the incredibly funky eighties-inspired techno music that really helps to sell the film's atmosphere. It seems that a lot of the footage we've seen in trailers up to this point—including scenes where Scarlett Johansson's Major Kusanagi takes down a robot geisha—comes right at the start.

If there's a weak spot in all this, it's unfortunately probably Scarlett Johansson—this isn't a scene that's big on dialogue, so it's hard to get a read on her version of the Major and what kind of character she's built. However, this is a scene that lets its computer and practical effects do the talking, so there'll hopefully be time for exposition and character development later.

What is clearly on display, though, is the movie's central theme of letting technology overwhelm your identity. One character blatantly references this, while other clues include an android that looks human until shot, and a crying robot who pleads for mercy in a decidedly human manner. It all foreshadows the Major's ensuing identity crisis, and it does it well.

One thing's for certain: from these five minutes, the Ghost in the Shell remake looks undeniably awesome.

Ghost in the Shell hits US theaters March 31st, 2017.
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