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Ghost In The Shell (DVD)
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Ghost In The Shell (DVD)
Date: 08/07/00, updated on 08/07/00 (247 review reads)
Advantages: lots of guns fights
Disadvantages: can be hard to keep up with all the time!
Ghost in the Shell takes place in the year 2029 in a world that has become borderless by the internet, where humans are robotic... augmented beings living in Virtual Reality, watched by a police force that is able to download itself onto the net, and even into minds.
There are 2 main agencies involved in Ghost in the Shell: Section 6, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Section 9, The Internal Bureau of Investigations. Section 6 is sneaky and under-handed, as they are using a classified "weapon / agent" to handle their dirty work, while Section 9 is kept in the dark. Keep it in mind that they are supposed to be on the same side.
The ultimate secret agent is a being with no physical body who can freely travel through the information highways of the world. It is able to hack into anything, manipulate everyone ( actually every computer :) and it now considers itself sentient and has been forced into a body.
This agent was created by the Ministry of foreign affairs under the name "Project 2501". To anyone out of Section 6 this being is called "The Puppet Master" ( No one knew it was connected to Section 6 at all ). This internet being seemed to be the perfect solution to Section 6's espionage requirements.
There was a problem however... through it's activities and travels through the net, 2501 became "aware" of its own existance. It determines that it was born in a "sea of information", and that is why it decided to run to Section 9 ( Motoko and Bateau's unit ) to request political asylum... in defiance of its creators.
The race is now on to recover Project 2501. Section 6 must capture this runaway program before it's too late, and Section 9 ( now in posession of the "body" ) must figure out what this "thing" is. What neither party has taken into account is that this "puppet master" is very clever and cunning. It has threaten
ed to expose their illegal creation ( of itself ) to the International Bureau of Investigation ( who are unaware of its origin and regard "The Puppet Master" as a priority security threat ).
The setions are also unaware that "The Puppet Master" has a persuasive ability to offer seductive theories of freedom to their semi-cybernetic "Human" agents... who in turn are forced to question their own validity as human beings. His main contact is with Motoko Kusanagi, the highly trained female cyborg agent sent out to stop the threat of 2501. "He" asks of her the ultimate decision... will she merge with him.
While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are directly engaged in highly explosive confrontation, Kusanagi must make this decision and decide if she will fulfill the Puppet Master's final objective to become Human and exist outside of the Net.