Ghost in the Shell 2 - Innocence
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It is the year 2032, and the line between humans and machines has been blurred almost beyond distinction. Humans have forgotten that they are human, and those that are left co-exist with cyborgs--human spirits inhabiting entirely mechanized bodies, and dolls--robots with no human elements at all. Batou is a cyborg. His body is artificial: the only remnants of his humanity are found in traces of his brain--and the memories of a woman called 'The Major'. A detective for the government's covert anti-terrorist unit, called Public Security Section 9, Batou is investigating the case of a… More
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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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