(2017) (Scarlett Johansson, Juliette Binoche) (PG-13)
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- Science-Fiction: In the future, a cybernetic-enhanced woman learns her real memories have been erased in order to make her a more obedient soldier.
- In the not-too-distant future, humans can improve their physical and cognitive abilities with cybernetic implants. Major (SCARLETT JOHANSSON) is the first of her kind: a human brain inside of a completely cybernetic body. She was saved from a near-death drowning and chosen to become the perfect soldier, a member of an elite government unit headed by Aramaki (TAKESHI KITANO) and formed to fight terrorism.
Major and her gruff, militaristic partner, Batou (PILOU ASBAEK), are assigned to track down a ruthless, but enigmatic hacker named Kuze (MICHAEL PITT) who has been targeting and killing the top scientists of the Hanka Corporation. Headed by Cutter (PETER FERDINANDO), the all-powerful company has been at the forefront of cybernetic technology for years and is the entity that plucked Major out of the water and "saved" her.
But Major comes to learn that her entire past is a series of fabricated memories, and that Kuze may actually be a rebel liberator. She seeks out the assistance of Dr. Ouelet (JULIETTE BINOCHE), the good-hearted scientist who rebuilt her. She is also the last target on Kuze's list. Soon, Major learns just how far the human brain can be hacked into and how hard it is to fight to keep one's soul, or rather "ghost."
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Yes, especially teens who are into Japanese anime and dystopian sci-fi action films in the style of "Blade Runner" and "The Matrix."
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For intense sequences of sci-fi violence, suggestive content, and some disturbing images.
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