“Ghost in the Shell”

A Look at the Movies

Rated R

1 hour 45 minutes

Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Juliet Binoche

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Just imagine having the brain of a human and the body of a robot.

Futuristic police officer Scarlett Johansson is dealing with an awful identity crisis in the dreadful science-fiction thriller, “Ghost in the Shell.”

Johansson repays the incompetent screenwriters by giving the very worst performance of her life. Don’t shield the children’s eyes just yet. Detective Johansson’s wearing a skin tight, flesh colored jumpsuit, giving the illusion she’s searching for the nearest nudist beach.

You’ll have no illusions that “Ghost in the Shell” is anything other than a muddled underworld thriller about one confused Cyborg of a cop.

Never has an emotional dud looked so good, with its gorgeous visual effects creating a futuristic image of Tokyo. But, the dazzling camera work capturing the eye-popping color combinations wow the audience only up until the actors open their mouths.

A little satire might have helped relieve the monotony, but it’s all taken so seriously, and it’s so boring.

“Ghost in the Shell” is only a shell of the classic Japanese animation it’s based on. For being so bland and betraying its illustrious predecessor, “Ghost in the Shell” will disappear quickly under the weight of its 2 stars.

Let me repeat, never has so much vivid cinematography been wasted on such a shallow picture…