I recently saw “Ghost in the Shell,” and for the first time in my life, I walked out of a movie. Because I was unable to view the film all the way through to the end credits, I cannot in good faith write a real review of the movie. Instead, I will take to time to explain why I walked out of this film, which I have never done before.
When you go to see a movie sometimes you see something great like “La La Land,” and sometimes you see something dreadful like “Jem and the Holograms.” Whenever I find myself in the latter situation, to use a common idiom, I go down with the ship. Why? Because if you do not see the movie to the end credits, you have not seen the movie. I stand by this philosophy even when it is tough to get to the end of the picture. Why then, with all the awful movies I have sat through did I decide to walk out of “Ghost in the Shell?”
The Short answer is that the movie sucks. I would compare the film to junk food, but that would be unfair to junk food movies like the “Fast and the Furious” movies which are fun to watch. The more complicated answer is that “Ghost in the Shell” is less a movie and more of a techno/cyberpunk art exhibit, that was full of interesting visual ideas with nothing behind the visuals. A short film better served for exhibition at the Smithsonian (or any other museum) then at the multiplex. It was soulless, lifeless and completely detached from anything even remotely interesting. I was half asleep for a span of like 20 minutes during the first act of the movie.
Never before have I been in a movie and questioned why was I still sitting there watching this sorry excuse for a picture. At some point, I just gave up on “Ghost in the Shell” because it was the generic version of “Blade Runner” or “The Matrix” that no one wanted. If you want to see “Ghost in the Shell” you are better off watching those movies because they provide depth to their ideas that were absent from this film. You could also just watch the cartoon or read the comic from which “Ghost in the shell” was adapted.