Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence (2004)
Critic Consensus: 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.
|Rating:||PG-13 (for violence, disturbing images and brief language)|
|Genre:||Drama, Animation, Anime & Manga, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Mamoru Oshii|
|Written By:||Mamoru Oshii|
|In Theaters:||Sep 17, 2004 Wide|
|On DVD:||Dec 28, 2004|
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Critic Reviews for Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence
Mamoru Oshii's 2004 follow-up to his 1995 anime noir is that rare sequel that surpasses the original.
The elegance, attention to detail, the invention and expertise all ensure that the movie's never less than visually breathtaking.
Occasional passages of shell-cracking egghead overload aside, there's no getting past Innocence's astounding visual power.
This long-overdue follow-up goes the way of most sequels, delivering a visually impressive but far more simplistic -- and thus unsatisfying -- story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence Quotes
|Batou:||When dialog fails, it's time for violence.|
|Togusa:||His legions, angel forms, who lay entranced. Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks.|
|Batou:||Now you're quoting Milton, but we are not Satan.|
|Togusa:||How great is the sum of thy thoughts? If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand.|
|Batou:||Psalms 139, Old Testament. The way you spout these spontaneous exotic references, I'd say your own external memory's pretty twisted.|
|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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