Ghost in the Shell Arise – Border 4: Ghost Stands Alone (2014)

Another so-so film in the “Arise” series of “Ghost in the Shell” films. Very plot-focused, but without much of the insight or humanity that would make following such a plot enticing.

The prequel nature of these “Arise” movies is starting to wear thin, as the references to the original 1995 film feel almost pandering now instead of clever recontextualisations.

The technobabble got alarmingly prevalent here and I had trouble tying it to our own reality. Even the most esoteric themes in the 1995 and 2008 films were grounded in a compelling world and amongst fascinating characters. Here it just feels like a whole lot of noise. There’s ideas aplenty, but where’s the link to us, humans in the now?


An unfortunate step down after the series seemed to be improving with “Ghost Tears”. I give it two sailboats, and a ghost-dubbed brain.

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