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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence(イノセンス)

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Japan · 2004
Rated PG-13 · 1h 40m
Director Mamoru Oshii
Starring Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Otsuka, Kouichi Yamadera, Tamio Ohki
Genre Animation, Drama, Science Fiction

Groundbreaking director Mamoru Oshii continues to push the boundaries of art and anime with this universally acclaimed cyber thriller following cyborg detective Batou and partner Togusa as they investigate a string of murders due to malfunctioning gynoids—doll-like sex robots--- in the year 2032. A poignant and brilliant meditation on the meaning of life.

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Conner Dejecacion Profile picture for Conner Dejecacion

Certainly more confusing than its predecessor, but still a slick cyberpunk thriller that's as thoughtful as it is brooding. GITS looked great in 1995 and it looks breathtaking in 2004 - 20 years later few animated films come close to GITS 2. I do chuckle a bit at the absurdity of our cop characters nonchalantly discussing complex philosophical topics in between murder investigations. It seems at points half the film's dialogue is just quotation from esoterica. The politics, crime and action are still juicy, but perhaps a little overripe.

What are critics saying?


Los Angeles Times by

The dark sequel offers gorgeous images, with an updated and stylish design, but its characters' angst gets in the way of storytelling.


L.A. Weekly by David Chute

This sophomoric stuff is pure self-indulgence, a drone to accompany the admittedly eye-popping sound-and-light show. Oshii looks like yet another director who has gone off the deep end, believing too absolutely his own good reviews.


Variety by Derek Elley

Talky, repetitive and largely covering the same ground with no new thoughts, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is a major let-down.


Film Threat by Eric Campos

Unfortunately, the outcome here is so over-the-top that it’s going to wind up alienating most everyone that sees it.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

The title Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is a brain banger. But as sci-fi nomenclature goes, it's easy to read--no twistier, certainly, than "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow."


Dallas Observer by Luke Y. Thompson

There's a lot of imagination at work here; too bad just a little bit of it couldn't have been channeled into the creation of a better narrative.

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