By Angie Raphael
Based on a Japanese manga, Ghost in the Shell is stylistically stunning and its psychologically intense concept also draws audiences in. But it is difficult to ignore the whitewashing, despite the half-hearted attempt to justify it in the plot. The film is set in the future where Major (Scarlett Johansson) is a cyber-enhanced human created to be a perfect soldier until she is forced to confront a horrific truth about her past. Johansson and the rest of the cast are all fine, but there are no stand-out performances. Director Rupert Sanders has kept the film relatively tight and there is not too much time spent on explaining the futuristic world, which is good. I have not seen the 1995 anime so I cannot comment on whether fans will be disappointed with this adaptation, although given its huge popularity there are bound to be some problems with it for the die hard fans.