Nightmarish 'Ghost in the Shell' Clip Shows the Major Hacking Into Minds

Friday, 24 March 2017 - 11:05AM
Ghost in the Shell
Friday, 24 March 2017 - 11:05AM
Nightmarish 'Ghost in the Shell' Clip Shows the Major Hacking Into Minds
Image credit: Paramount
Ghost in the Shell footage continues to pour in thick and fast, as Paramount Pictures seemingly attempts to give audiences the entirety of their upcoming movie in bite-sized chunks before the movie even makes its way into theaters.

Not that we're complaining, of course, as this latest clip, in which Scarlett Johansson's Major Kusanagi engages in a "deep dive" into the mind of a killer robot, is as visually distinct and eye-catching as everything else we've seen thus far. Check it out:



There are some killer visuals in this clip, which show that there's a lot more than just bright neon lights and funky costumes to this movie. Perhaps Paramount's intention in giving us so much of this movie is to prove that the trailers aren't loaded with all the vaguely interesting bits. This new scene shows that there's still plenty of impactful cinematic moments in even a relatively effects-free sequence, suggesting that director Rupert Sanders has actually done a good job in justifying this incredibly faithful remake of the original anime.

There is one unfortunate problem, still, which persists from earlier trailers. With such an emphasis on visual effects, these clips don't give us much characterization, and it's really hard to get a good feel for Scarlett Johansson's performance. It almost feels like Paramount is trying to deflect attention away from their lead actor, which is understandable, given the complaints of whitewashing that her casting has generated.

Based on this clip and other footage we've seen, it's worth assuming that Ghost in the Shell will be a treat for the eyes, but maybe we shouldn't expect to fall instantly in love with this incarnation of the Major.
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