Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence

Critics 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.

64%

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Total Count: 99

80%

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User Ratings: 37,409
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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 spree. With the help of an android-technology expert named Kim (voice of Naoto Takenaka), Batou and Togusa find themselves following the trail of Locus Solus, an outlaw organization that may be responsible for turning the gynoids into murderers. As he digs deeper into the investigation, Batou finds himself thinking back to his times with former colleague Major (voice of Atsuko Tanaka) and pondering the notion of love and attachment in an increasingly unnatural world. Ghost in the Shell: Innocence was screened in competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

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Cast

Atsuko Tanaka
as Maj. Motoko Kusanagi
Tamio Ôki
as Section 9 Department Chief Aramaki
Yutaka Nakano
as Ishikawa
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Critic Reviews for Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (28)

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

    Apr 18, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The elegance, attention to detail, the invention and expertise all ensure that the movie's never less than visually breathtaking.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

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

    Jan 17, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Occasional passages of shell-cracking egghead overload aside, there's no getting past Innocence's astounding visual power.

    Oct 29, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The effect of so much pretension and so many lovely images eventually becomes soporific.

    Oct 29, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Praiseworthy for its concepts and aesthetics, yet it is too theory-heavy and action-shy, clumped with philosophical tangents and scholarly reference points.

    Sep 23, 2004

Audience Reviews for Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence

  • Sep 05, 2011
    A okay follow up continuing the story of the male lead from the first, not as enthralling as the first but it does have some moments to move it along
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2011
    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.
    Drake T Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2011
    I liked the philosophical ideas in this film. It was well paced and I was interested to see what happened. The main problem I had with the film was in the script, it was like every minute they had to utter another quote, or saying, which was very annoying.
    Marion R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2010
    Sitting here scratching by Basset hound watching Bato do the same in the movie is some serious deja vu. It's maybe more a measure of myself, but I really miss the super cyber-sexual Major Motoko and her brief appearance in a unattractive mannequin's body just doesn't do it for me. The story is constructed around Bato who is the 2nd most developed character in the series, but surprisingly there is no back story---none---nill. No flash back to pre-section 9 days as Rangers no flash back to section-9 days as many of the other reviews site it is an intellectually and philosophically deep story, but fails to draw you in at a gut level even when Motoko pulls so hard her cybernetic arm flays apart, seen that one before with more impact. OK before you pan me the Visuals and audio really are excellent in the blu-ray format.
    Bill C Super Reviewer

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