Ghost In The Shell 2 - Innocence details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ohtsuka, Koichi Yamadera|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure - General, Thriller, Animated - Anime, Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Anime/Japanimation, World Cinema - Japanese|
Ghost In The Shell 2 - Innocence
|Run time:||1 hour 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||06 Mar 2006|
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Bloody HellBy Sean Wallace from molesey, surrey , 30 Oct 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]I just saw this film in the cinema, and without doubt it is the most visually stunning piece of cinema I have ever seen.
The CG, having moved on in the 8 or so years since the original Ghost was released, sits much happier with the traditional cell animation resulting in something I ve never experienced before.
The first 15 minutes completely blew me away and I thought the film was on for five stars. However, the director takes the film on a slightly muddled journey of philosophical thought about the notions of self and existence that become a little tedious at times (although one always has to expect a little of this from anime movies). The dialogue too is a bit poncy; quotation after quotation from various great thinkers.
The film's awesome set action pieces on the other hand keep it afloat.
I think this film is best watched in the cinema or at the least on a big tv with a descent sound system to blast out the amazing sound design.
If you like a bit of maturity in your films or are an anime fan then definately see this film.
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Lush but lackingBy Otter379 (58 reviews) , 23 Mar 2013Looks lush but doesn't hold a candle up to the original. Ghost In The Shell went all out to stun the watcher with futuristic ideas. The animation in the sequel is better but the ideas aren't there. In fact it seems to prefer the intricacy of clock-work rather than the complexity of cyborgs which seems to be a step back. It also gets bogged down with the philosophical question of existence. Still stunning and worth a watch.
Avoid This Like the PlagueBy BritisBlue (1 review) , 04 Jan 2013This is an awful film, nowhere near as good as the first Ghost in the Shell. It's slow, boring and involves people standing around spouting pseudophilophical nonsense, I'll admit the original GitS had it's fair share of philosophy that was (almost) equally rubbish but it never got in the way of pacing, plot advancement or my enjoyment. In Innocence the entire film seems to come to a grinding halt for a full 10 minutes while 2 or more characters gabber on about mindless rubbish involving elephants and dolls and god knows what else, it's absurd. Perhaps these cryptic strands of dialogue make sense in Japanese but they certainly don't in English! And what is with the staring? Seriously, why is everyone in this film staring blinklessly all the time? They stare at dolls, they stare at windows, they stare at buildings, they stare at walls, they stare at each other, they stare at the bad guys and, most of all, they enjoy staring into space spouting what passes for meaningful dialogue in their world. As others have said Innocence is pretty to look at, I will admit, but you only notice it because there's not much else to focus on.
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Excellent animeBy thepresidentofunitedstates (50 reviews) , 04 May 2012Very complicated plot, this guy is a movie God, he just creates masterpiece after masterpiece, the Leonardo Da Vinci of our times, a real visionary. Maybe the world will become like this who knows?
Atmospheric, Creepy and DistinctiveBy Fishpaste_42 (5 reviews) from Nottingham , 04 Mar 2012The original Ghost in the Shell took Masamune Shirow's complex and sometimes-frenetic Manga and turned it into a sophisticated techno thriller that balanced well-choreographed action scenes with slow, contemplative passages that reflected the 'otherness' of the cyborg protagonists' life experience.
Ghost in the Shell 2 surprises by delving farther into the contemplative, and going for a slightly more slow-paced detective plot which helps reveal a little more about the lives of the main characters in this incredibly well-realised near-future world.
There are still action set-pieces (and an especially creepy one at the end), but those are pushed to the start and end of the film, with a strange, dream-like sojourn through a recursive virtual reality trap occupying a significant chunk of the middle section.
Despite its many virtues, I'm not sure it really adds all that much, and leaves me asking if Ghost in the Shell really needed a sequel. But if you are going to make a follow-up, I have to applaud the film makers for producing an atmospheric and thoughtful work instead of going down the road of yet another action-packed no-brainer.
Average For GITSBy RickBn (36 reviews) from Edinburgh , 09 Dec 2011Saying average is in the content of the seminal original, and the excellent 1st and 2nd Gig spin-offs. Animation as usual was excellent, and it was good to have a change and see the story from Bato's viewpoint, but it has to be said not up to the very high standard of other GITS work. Still worth a viewing though.