THE COMMERCIAL FILM OF THE WEEK
GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017) by Rupert Sanders
“Don’t send a rabbit to kill a fox”
The fiction genre is one of the most personal that can exist, based on the taste of a very specific audience and it’s difficult to understand the ins and outs of “science” surrounding that fiction. It’s also one of the easiest if we talk about the “anything goes” that usually characterize these stories, using easy resources or, to impress, they invent some stupid idea but loaded with technology that most will not understand but it’s cool: see an miraculous implant, a reconstruction or a cord that allows to enter the thoughts of a dead person. Knowing this, apart from assessing the more technical aspects of the work, it would be necessary to evaluate the recruitment of ideas and scientific advice that have been used, always taking into account that the main objective of this kind of films is to entertain and make pass a good time.
Hanka Robotic is a technological company that develops robots and human improvement to be superior to the rest. They make “Major,” a cyborg-human hybrid that runs a special operations group aimed at detaining the city’s biggest criminals. In one of his works she will discover that there is an enemy that tries to destroy everything that is related to Hanka Robotic, and Major will try to find out what reasons lead to it. The story is identical to the original Japanese, doesn’t make any difference beyond being performed by real actors rather than animated, so surprises shine by their absence for the connoisseurs of this manga “Cyberpunk”.
In the technical field tries to approach to the color of “Blade Runner”, and obtaining a texture too false and seems more unreal that the film of Ridley, considering that it’s much older than this one. There is no problem with the recreations of special effects, which are correct and not distune. As we enter the music already, sound and its link with history there is much to improve, because it doesn’t create restlessness, it doesn’t provoke that tension to enter the story… In short, that the technique has to be polished much more if you want envelop the audience to enter, because by that way is wrong.
Deepening the psychology and philosophy of the message is where the true value of this work lies. The great moral burden he has and his capacity for reasoning is surprising for this type of cinema, and although some ideas are not cleared up, the thinking becomes clear and the conclusion is even more: “Is technology gaining ground to human contact?” This idea is linked directly with the great advances that are observed in the city of” Ghost in the Shell “, the money is the one that commands and most of the people are carried away by all the improvements that it seems can help them, and Reaches the point of incorporating an artificial kidney to be able to drink more. What is the purpose of the technology? Will we eventually be replaced by it? It is already happening, the word has been replaced by Whatsapp, human contact by the Instagram, and every time people spend more hours with a technological device than with their relatives. This is where the great force of the film resides, in the war of money and technology.
“Ghost in the Shell” was sold as a reboot from the beginning, it did not fool anyone. The choice of Scarlett Johansson will be more or less correct, but from the beginning one already knew what was going to be seen, a very predictable work, a story that does not change a comma from the original and a superstar lucidity. Even so it is an entertaining film, with many problems but a great success, and it is the criticism to the technological advance so drastic, since nowadays instead of using it as a way we are using it as a substitute, and that is unforgivable. The more fans of the base saga will see this film as sacrilege, however the little-known viewer of it can use it for reflection, since obviating this little more highlights in the work of Rupert Sanders. Of course, if they wanted to teach the family of “Major” and are observed to be clear Japanese, why not dissimulate their features to make them more Japanese? It was a strong criticism in the choice of the actress, and it initials when observing the result.