Ghost In The Shell Second Trailer Finally Reveals The Movie’s Plot
Ghost int he Shell (2017)
(Last Updated On: February 13, 2017)

The upcoming live-action movie based on Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 Ghost in the Shell anime received what’s presumably going to be its final full trailer before release. The new trailer actually reveals what the plot of the movie is, as we get some clear motivations behind Scarlett Johansson’s Major.

The trailer clocks in at two and a half minutes, and without a shadow of a doubt you can very clearly see that director Rupert Sanders has a very distinct eye for bringing the visuals of the anime to life like no other film before it. You can check out the second full trailer below, courtesy of Kinocheck International.

We finally learn that the Major is seeking a humanoid android who has answers about her past life. She’s unable to recall what her past was like, and begins a mission of self-discovery while tackling the light questions of existentialism.

There’s a bit of a cliché element marketed in the trailer about some group or another attempting to take out the Major as she becomes more autonomous, but hopefully that’s not where the movie goes (since that’s clearly not where the anime went).

Ghost in the Shell (2017) - The Lie

There’s still some element of a mysterious force working as a shadow organization (or group) behind the scenes, but they wisely don’t reveal much about it (or them).

For the most part, we at least have some idea about what the focus of the movie will be, even though it still seems rather hazy.

On the upside, the visuals are still breathtaking no matter how you cut the custard. There are some striking images on display throughout the trailer that rival and even surpass what Oshii accomplished with the original 1995 release.

Ghost in the Shell - Terrorists (2017)

Parts of the film’s lighting and mood remind me lot of the other 1995 cyberpunk thriller, Johnny Mnemonic, from Robert Longo. Unsurprisingly enough, that film also drew a lot of inspiration from anime.

If for nothing else, at least the live-action Ghost in the Shell will be a film that defies the lazy, uninspired CGI-laden set pieces and production designs that have bogged down so many other Hollywood movies as of late. It appears to be attempting to leave something behind that movie-goers will remember as far as visual effects and atmosphere is concerned.

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Ghost in the Shell (2017) – Freeway

Anyway, I don’t have much hope for the movie being any good. However, it looks like it’s going to be amazing eye candy and will likely be used in film classes for years to come as far as art direction, cinematography and lighting is concerned. I mean, Sanders really knows how to shoot a scene to make it look compelling, even if the story looks like it could end up being a shoddy mess.

You can look for Ghost in the Shell to hit theaters on March 31st, 2017.

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  • Richard

    It’s been awhile since I watched any of the GITS series, but I don’t remember The Major being all that concerned about her past. I think I remember her even talking about her past multiple times in the series. In the first movie she was questioning existence, not her past.

  • Disqusted

    We finally learn that Hollywood still sucks.

  • Having watched the film and both seasons for the anime, I can’t say I’m not still interested in seeing this. I actually really like the villain’s voice, as it sounds like a kind of more fucked-up version of Microsoft Sam.

    • I don’t think he’s the villain… I think it’s going to be one of those things where he’s like Morpheus from the Matrix and will “wake up” the Major.

  • Disqusted

    Bleh. I really hate the Mamoru Ishii GITS. Dunno why people like it so much. Some JP people on streams I watched were complaining that they weren’t basing it off “the best GITS, Stand Alone Complex”. That’s personally my favorite, too.

    And Scarlett Johannsoensensenne really doesn’t fit the role. On top of being an SJW nutcase. I also can’t imagine Motoko being anything but Asian, but liberal diverse Hollywood REALLY HATES ASIANS and often pigeonholes them into stereotypical tiny penis triad martial artist sidekick roles, so that’d never happen.

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    • Disqusted

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  • Gorgon

    Looks like they ape the aesthetics of the anime and forego the plot and philosophy, as expected of Hollywood.

    Not a big fan of Scarlet Johansson either. She seems to be very awkward in this role.

    • Someone suggested that Kristen Stewart would have been good for the role since she already acts like an android, and had Sanders not been banging her to get her the job for Snow White, I don’t know if she would have been a better choice or not. She does have an android quality about her, but her acting is no less wooden than Johansson.

      • ItEotWaWKI

        Motoko isn’t emotionless though.

        • Well, I guess she is now.

  • Alistair

    No way it be water down of what the anima wasn’t.

    It be for general audiences, no nips what so ever, the anima wasnt shy.

    That thumbnail proves my point. It cant be faithful and wont so it will flop.

  • SevTheBear

    Yeah I don’t hold my breath either. Sci-fi and Cyberpunk is one thing that is hard for Hollywood to do right. I hope to be proven wrong this time.

    • Drew

      If they just stuck to the cannon it would be amazing. Ghost in the Shell has some of the best philosophical and politically driven story in anime and manga. The more they deviate from that the worse the movie will be. Personally I am not holding out too much hope.

      • Disqusted

        Modern Hollywood doesn’t seem to give a shit about meaning anymore, it’s all explosions and shallow crap. 5 minutes of kissing, etc.

        • SevTheBear

          Sounds about right

      • SevTheBear

        Agree. I don’t see them break any new grounds with this movie. I expect it to be a boring action flick. But again I have hope to be proven wrong