5.5/10.0 Scarlett Johansson is a wonderful actress. She's a combo of smarts and beauty but she couldn't make me fully see her as Major Motoko Kusanagi. She's technically sound in the role but doesn't fully breathe life into the character. Same for the presentation of the movie. It doesn't really deviate much from the original Japanese anime classic, which I did enjoy, but the movie doesn't convey the same level of suspense. The CGI is legit in my book though. I think fans of the anime will enjoy seeing Chief Aramaki brought to life. The actor who plays him looks like and has the same wise-old covert feel of the character but he seems like he was on his last legs physically. He's not too mobile in the movie. That drew my attention more than all his dialogue delivered in Japanese with English subtitles.