Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Solid State Society DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 8.0
Video 8.0
Audio 9.0
Special Features 9.0
Total 8.5
Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 100 Minutes
Classification:
M15+
Reviewer:
Bindi Lavelle

8.5


Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Solid State Society

The latest instalment of the ever expanding Ghost in the shell saga. 

Kenji Kamiyama, beautifully crafts the next provocative instalment of the ever evolving Ghost in the Shell series. Based on the Manga by Shirom Masmune, and set in the Stand alone complex universe this movie presents the next evolution of this series while still maintaining the key elements which made the original 1995 film son breath-takingly innovative. 

Solid State Society Sees section 9, a team of elite anti-terrorism gents (think cyber CIA) investigating a series of suicides connected to a mysterious terrorist known only as the puppeteer. While this film is set after the first stand alone complex season, thankfully it is not nessercery to have seen any ghost in the shell prior to understand and enjoy this film. (Though if you are in doubt, the special feature disc will fill you in.) 

For anime fans the animation is a CGI treat; 3D and tradition techniques are seamlessly blended. It can be seen how much effort and research the animators have put into developing their near future world.  

The haunting soundscape created Yoko Kanno, gives a texture to both the world and it its characters which are often missing from eastern and western cinema alike. 

The film has the pace of a neo-noir political thriller; the progressive unfolding of the drama makes the few action scenes more poignant and rewarding. Like the other Ghost in the Shell incarnations its strength lays in its exploration of ideas: Solid State Society explores the nature and relationship between patriotism and terrorism. 

Solid State Society is rewarding for not only ghost in the shell fans but for fans of gritty thrillers as well.






 
 



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