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).
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.
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.
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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