Ghost In The Shell (12A)



Action (2017)
107mins US

Starring: Michael Wincott, Michael Pitt, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Rupert Sanders
Writer(s): Jonathan Herman, Jamie Moss
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

In 2029, cyborg counter-cyberterrorist field commander The Major leads her team, Public Security Section 9, under the aegis of Chief Daisuke Aramaki. They are the guardians of a deadly world reliant on artificial technology produced by Hanka Robotics, and join The Major in her high octane battles with cyberterrorists including Kuze. A new adversary runs amok and The Major and her cohorts must pool their resources to unmask the shadowy figures behind the conspiracy.

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Ghost In The Shell (12A)

Based on a cult Japanese comic series, Ghost In The Shell is an action-packed futuristic thriller that poses tantalising questions about our reliance on memories to define ourselves as human beings. We cling to the past like a frayed security blanket, haunted by crushing failures rather than approaching each day as a fresh opportunity to learn, grow and behave differently. Director Rupert Sanders' visually arresting film is hard-wired with big philosophical questions about the fragility of the human condition and the ripple effect of our actions. Regrettably, he conceals these meditations on mortality behind a sensory overload of digital effects and eye-popping set and costume design reminiscent of Blade Runner that gradually bludgeon us into submission...

Ghost In The Shell. Copyright: MMXVI Paramount Pictures and Storyteller Distribution Co. Caption: Scarlett Johansson plays The Major in The Ghost In The Shell from Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures. Photo: Jasin Boland. All Rights Reserved.On a purely technical level, Ghost In The Shell is an impressive achievement - especially in IMAX 3D - but all style and scant substance threatens to reduce the picture to a wearying test of endurance. Thankfully, Scarlett Johansson is luminous in the demanding and highly acrobatic lead role. It's hard to think of another actress, who can switch effortlessly between frenetically choreographed scenes of gravity-defying, kick-ass physicality and wordless close-ups of aching solitude.

In a bleak futuristic world where holographic advertising clutters the skyline and physical imperfections are remedied with hi-tech implants, government-funded Hanka Robotics is at the forefront of a highly lucrative cybernetic revolution. Hanka head honcho Cutter (Peter Ferdinando) and brilliant surgeon Dr Ouelet (Juliette Binoche) pioneer secret experiments to create the perfect human-cyborg hybrid, giving birth to a fearless warrior called The Major (Johansson). Ouelet is full of maternal pride for her creation - "You're what everyone will become one day!" - and she oversees The Major's transformation into an obedient killing machine. This perfect weapon is entrusted to Chief Daisuke Aramaki (Takeshi Kitano), commander of the Section 9 security division - a fearless band of sharp shooters, who neutralise the threat posed by cyberterrorists. When an elusive criminal called Kuze (Michael Pitt) begins to assassinate Hanka's scientists by hacking into the brains of enhanced citizens, The Major somersaults into action flanked by comrades Batou (Pilou Asbaek), Togusa (Chin Han), Ishikawa (Lazarus Ratuere) and Ladriya (Danusia Samal). Their daredevil mission uncovers tantalising evidence of a wider conspiracy that compels The Major to piece together fragmented memories from the human brain inside her sleek engineered body.

Ghost In The Shell requires a software upgrade to Jamie Moss, William Wheeler and Ehren Kruger's script in order to enrich characterisation and expand back stories. Supporting cast are largely overwhelmed by the technical wizardry, even Academy Award winner Binoche, who is charged with delivering key speeches about free will and destiny. Johansson remains beguiling throughout. She is the anguished, delicate soul in this polished and exceedingly expensive machine.

- Sam Cannon

Ghost In The Shell. Copyright: MMXVI Paramount Pictures and Storyteller Distribution Co. Caption: Scarlett Johansson plays The Major in The Ghost In The Shell from Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures. Photo: Jasin Boland. All Rights Reserved.


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Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 21st April
To Thursday 27th April

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Felixstowe, The Felixstowe Palace
- Galway, EYE Cinema
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Leigh, Cineworld Leigh
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Lowestoft, East Coast Cinema
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, AMC Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Navan, Diamond Cinema
- Neath, The Gwyn Hall
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Empire Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newtown, Regent Cinema
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Light, Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, Cineworld Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Sutton Coldfield, Empire Sutton Coldfield
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Vue York
From Friday 28th April
To Thursday 4th May

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portree, Aros
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stockport, Cineworld Stockport
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Wallingford, Corn Exchange
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford


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