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Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence (2004)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 98
Fresh: 63 | Rotten: 35

The animation is lovely, but the plot is complex to the point of inscrutability, leaving Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence both original and numbing.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 8

The animation is lovely, but the plot is complex to the point of inscrutability, leaving Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence both original and numbing.



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Anime legend Mamoru Oshii wrote and directed this eagerly awaited sequel to his groundbreaking sci-fi drama Ghost in the Shell, which follows the continued adventures of futuristic crime fighters Batou (voice of Akio Otsuka) and Togusa (voice of Kouichi Yamadera). It's the year 2032, and Batou and Togusa have been assigned by the anti-terrorist force Sector 9 to track down several "gynoids" -- androids designed to resemble human females and programmed for pleasure -- who have gone on a murder

Dec 28, 2004


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Mamoru Oshii's 2004 follow-up to his 1995 anime noir is that rare sequel that surpasses the original.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The elegance, attention to detail, the invention and expertise all ensure that the movie's never less than visually breathtaking.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Occasional passages of shell-cracking egghead overload aside, there's no getting past Innocence's astounding visual power.

October 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The effect of so much pretension and so many lovely images eventually becomes soporific.

October 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Praiseworthy for its concepts and aesthetics, yet it is too theory-heavy and action-shy, clumped with philosophical tangents and scholarly reference points.

September 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Solemnly questioning issues of science and metaphysics, it creates a spell that's a unique blend of the ominous and the sensual.

September 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This long-overdue follow-up goes the way of most sequels, delivering a visually impressive but far more simplistic -- and thus unsatisfying -- story.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

With its themes of human arrogance, wastefulness, creativity, and the definitions and limits of life and the mind, Innocence is pretty heavy. It's also visually stunning.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4

Much like Akira in the 1980s, this is the film that sets the standard by which all others of its kind are judged - and usually found wanting.

July 4, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

the mind-blowing story and its reality-bending aesthetic form a sublime continuum, where the medium becomes part of the message...this is animation at its most acute and enthralling.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Gone is much of the bombast of the original...

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Too talky and philosophical for kids, and dabbling in lavish imagery that lacks enough narrative coherence to hook adults, this is an animated feature that, well, needed to get a little more animated.

March 31, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

For Japanimation fans it's a big-screen must-see.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

If you can get past the weighty aphorisms that pass for dialogue, the film has an obscure beauty and rich, melancholy tone.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Muddled up with philosophising about the relationship between mind and the material world.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Independent

It looks absolutely sensational.

October 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

The staggering beauty of Oshii's animation more than makes up for the fact that his plot is completely impenetrable.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

One long, tedious rumination on the blurring distinction between man and machines.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

If you're already an anime fan, this is required viewing. If not, this isn't going to convert you anytime soon.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

Japanese animated film which explores the nature of post-modern existence and consciousness is a mixed bag in terms of both narrative and images.

February 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

While one can't accuse Innocence of being dim, it is certainly long winded and clichť.

December 16, 2004

Oshii allows the plot to be overwhelmed by a slew of cockamamie musings on the nature of existence that wouldn't float in a late-night dorm room smokeout.

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Portland Mercury

With this beautiful, thought-provoking, adrenaline-fuelled film, Oshii heralds a truly post-human era in which all forms of 'life' deserve our respect.

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Pure, wordless cinema, existing in a realm too deliciously mysterious to pull down.

November 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Audience Reviews for Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence

I used to think the first film was incredibly complex and therefore, very inaccessible. However, the 2nd film is even more convoluted and theory heavy than the first to the point where you can't help but feel it doesn't steer you in a direction that ultimately serves the story's overlying plot.

And not the look like a brainless twat, but it really needed more action to balance out with the dialogue heavy philosophical referencing. Nevertheless, a worthy sequel to the original GITS; just lacks the balance in execution that the first maintained.
May 29, 2011
Drake Tsui

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The third viewing of this one was a little disappointing, but maybe that's because it seems as if they wanted to say more than they could fit into the movie. It doesn't have the philosophical and contemplative quality the first part has. And although it mixes 2D and 3D in a satisfying manner, it's also not as visually satisfying as the first one.
November 11, 2010

Super Reviewer

Although this film is called "Ghost in the Shell 2" it isn't really a direct sequel. It is more or less a stand alone movie, which means that you can watch this without having seen the first. The only thing that the first movie may help you with is the character recognition and the setting of the movie.With that said, this movie has some of the greatest visuals seen in any animation. It is even better than the "Stand Alone Complex" series which was done after this film.Although the graphics were of "Ghost in the Shell" quality, this film did feel a little out of place from the rest of the series (The first movie and the latter TV series and movie). The setting seemed a little more sci-fi/futuristic than normal and the fact that the major is almost non-existent makes the cast feel empty. The typical online communication between characters wasn't used that often as well.As mentioned earlier Major Kusanagi only has a small part in this film. This makes Batou and Togusa the main characters, which will make fans of these characters happy. There isn't a whole lot of action but there are a few good sequences throughout. This is another one of those stories where you need to really pay attention otherwise you will get lost.All-in-all there is some great visuals and an interesting story and fans of the series will definitely want to see this.
June 14, 2007
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

An incredible piece of art, from start to finish! The animation and CG renderings are some of the most stunning scenes this viewer has ever seen. The level of detail and the intricacy draw the viewer into the story, which is pretty good, in and of itself. There is some mysticism, and the constant moving from "real" to fantasy could be at times confusing, but patience is rewarded with most of the elements coalescing back into a cohesive whole upon further exposition. The subtitles could be somewhat distracting as they seemed designed for close captioning, describing clearly audible sounds and using brackets to identify the speaker. The magnificent soundscape formed an integral part of the overall experience and matched the visuals in intensity and in establishing the mood of each scene as it unfolded. The entire experience was quite exhilarating. This one bears multiple viewings and, for that, it gets 5* from this reviewer, who has not been a big fan of anime or manga heretofore.
December 3, 2009
Mark Abell

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    1. Batou: When dialog fails, it's time for violence.
    – Submitted by Bradley P (3 years ago)
    1. Togusa: His legions, angel forms, who lay entranced. Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks.
    2. Batou: Now you're quoting Milton, but we are not Satan.
    – Submitted by Bradley P (3 years ago)
    1. Togusa: How great is the sum of thy thoughts? If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand.
    2. Batou: Psalms 139, Old Testament. The way you spout these spontaneous exotic references, I'd say your own external memory's pretty twisted.
    – Submitted by Bradley P (3 years ago)
    1. Major Motoko Kusanagi: We weep for a bird's cry, but not for a fish's blood. Blessed are those with a voice. If the dolls also had voices, they would have screamed, 'I didn't want to become human.'
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