I only saw this once six years ago, and it's not worth watching again.
This is a really poor sequel to the magnificent Ghost in the Shell. Despite the stronger emphasis on action than the first film, it's a really boring film as there was less emphasis on plot, theme, or character development and a HEAVY emphasis on quoting religious and philosophical quotes just to make itself seem like a "smart" film. Despite the gorgeous visuals and competent soundtrack (though Kawai's efforts here pale in comparison to the first film), they don't save a film that's ultimately empty in the center.
Again, skip this and just watch the first Ghost in the Shell movie instead.
Obviously Ghost In The Shell Innocence is no doubt one of the best films of the year but why is it getting so many bad reviews? Because this DVD is an insult to fans and this should have never been released so unfinished. There are no special features, nothing you would expect to get come in this DVD so your basically paying a bunch of cash just for the film and you get nothing else. Some people don't like to read subtitles and some don't care but watching this film with … more
Mamoru Oshii's landmarkGhost in the Shell(1995) largely defined the cyberpunk genre and influenced theMatrixfilms in the U.S. The long-awaited sequel continues the adventures of Batou, Major Kusanagi's former assistant, who was left behind when she disappeared into the cyber-realm of the Net. With his new human partner, Togusa, Batou investigates a series of bloody murders involvinggynoids, robots with sexual functions. The case leads them to the headquarters of the Locus Solus company, where Batou uncovers the evil secret behind the creation of thegynoids.Innocenceincludes some staggeringly beautiful CG images, especially a parade depicting characters from Chinese mythology. Oshii contrasts this glittering beauty with aBlade Runner-esque dystopia. But even his skill as a director can't disguise the fact that the underdeveloped story and flat characters are far less interesting than the opulent visuals. (Rated PG-13: graphic violence, violence against women, brief nudity, profanity, alcohol and tobacco use.)--Charles Solomon