Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mamoru Oshii's 2004 follow-up to his 1995 anime noir is that rare sequel that surpasses the original."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"The effect of so much pretension and so many lovely images eventually becomes soporific."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"This long-overdue follow-up goes the way of most sequels, delivering a visually impressive but far more simplistic -- and thus unsatisfying -- story."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"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."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"For Japanimation fans it's a big-screen must-see."
‑ David Hughes, Empire Magazine
"The elegance, attention to detail, the invention and expertise all ensure that the movie's never less than visually breathtaking."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Praiseworthy for its concepts and aesthetics, yet it is too theory-heavy and action-shy, clumped with philosophical tangents and scholarly reference points."
‑ Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger
"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."
‑ , Film4
"Gone is much of the bombast of the original..."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"If you can get past the weighty aphorisms that pass for dialogue, the film has an obscure beauty and rich, melancholy tone."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"Occasional passages of shell-cracking egghead overload aside, there's no getting past Innocence's astounding visual power."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Solemnly questioning issues of science and metaphysics, it creates a spell that's a unique blend of the ominous and the sensual."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"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."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"Muddled up with philosophising about the relationship between mind and the material world."
‑ , Independent
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