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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Dark cyber sci-fi anime explores themes of technology versus humanity and where the lines blur.
Positive Role Models
As sci-fi "noir," the characters have dark sides, even the "good guys."
Violence & Scariness
Frequent graphic violence. Police are killed by machine gun fire. A man's head, hit with a bullet, explodes. Blood. Severed bodies, both robotic, human. Blood. Car chases, accidents.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nudity: female breasts, rear ends.
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Frequent profanity: "f--k," "a--hole," "ass," "bastard," "d--khead," "s--t," "crap," "hell," "dammit," "for Christ's sake."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ghost in the Shell 2.0 is a 1995 anime that has graphic violence, frequent profanity (including "f--k"), and some nudity (females breasts and rear end). A man's head explodes from an assassin's bullet. Police die in machine-gun fire. There are car chases and accidents. It's a dark story, but it's also of such high quality (the "2.0" refers to added 3-D CGI and other visual technologies unavailable when the film was initially released in the mid-'90s) that it transcends its genres, and it's only gotten better with time. It explores themes of the intersections of technology and humanity, memory, and real versus simulated experience; older teen anime fans will have lots to ponder and discuss. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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 The "2.0" aspect of this features technology such as 3-D CGI that was unavailable when the film was originally made in the mid-1990s, as well as some added scenes and changes in the color schemes of some of the scenes.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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