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Parents' Guide to

Ghost in the Shell 2.0

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Classic noir sci-fi anime has violence, profanity, nudity.

Movie NR 1996 83 minutes
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Complex, detailed, haunting, and provocative, this movie transcends all genres to emerge as something that stands entirely on its own. The unrelenting action is counterbalanced by seamless explorations of the intersections of technology and humanity, memory, and simulated-vs.real experience. The "2.0" aspect of this features technology such as 3-D CGI that was unavailable when the film was originally made in the mid-1990s, as well as some added scenes and changes in the color schemes of some of the scenes.

However, even without the violence, profanity, and nudity, the complexities of the themes and story line would make Ghost in the Shell 2.0 difficult to follow for younger viewers or for viewers of any age looking for more lighthearted fare. But for fans of anime and sci-fi, this movie emerges as one of the all-time greats, one that has gotten even better with age.

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