Ghost in the shell: Solid State Society

I haven’t had the best of weeks, spent the best part of two days in and out of hospital at the start of the week. Thankfully I’m ok but I did find myself feeling a certain amount of anxiety. Spent the rest of the week feeling more tired than usual – fell back on the old pattern of burying myself in work and for the most part that works quite well.

Anyway didn’t really feel up to going out last night so I decided to stay at home and finally get round to watching Ghost in the shell : Solid State Society. The story takes place in 2034, and is set around two years after the events of Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig.

The year is 2034, and the face of terrorism has changed. No longer restricted to the limits of the physical world, the war on terror has exploded onto the net. In an attempt to confront this new threat, an elite counter-terrorism and anti-crime unit was formed: Public Security Section 9.

Two years have passed since the team’s commander, Major Motoko Kusanagi, resigned from her post. After a rash of mysterious suicides, Section 9 is forced to confront the Puppeteer, a dangerous hacker with unsurpassed skills.

As their investigation of this terrorist threat takes them deeper into the bowels of a potential government conspiracy, Section 9 once again crosses paths with the Major, but is her sudden reappearance more than a coincidence, or is she somehow connected to the Puppeteer?

No one is above suspicion in this action-packed continuation of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex saga!

Whilst Solid State Society is, more or less, a third installment of the SAC series it is presented more beautifully than the two GIGS with much more improved CGI imagery and sound. In terms of the story and plot for this movie the plot isn’t as complicated as some people seem to think, it revolves around the Solid State, the name given to a autonomous healthcare monitoring system that monitors Japan’s elderly who are connected together in a virtual world where they are able to continue to live with minimal effort from the state to maintain them. They are considered a burden by the state and the Solid State is seen as a way to allow them to live out there remaining years.

Unfortunately the Solid State has a program built into it called “Kugutsu Mawashi” who is referred to as the “Puppeteer”, Section 9 spends much of the early part of the movie trying to identify who the Puppeteer is and how he/she/it is involved in a string of suicides and kidnappings. Eventually it is revealed that Puppteer is a “child abduction infrastructure” built into the Solid State. I don’t reveal too much more about the plot, but although it sounds fantastical wen you consider the pervasive and totally ubiquitous nature of technology in the Ghost in the Shell universe then you realise that this is not only a complicated and intelligent movie but in it’s own, unique, way it addresses social problems such as how does a society deal with an ever increasing ageing population? Whilst this movie is very different and presents a completely different vision of the future it did for some reason make me think of, the seminal, Logans Run.

I really enjoyed the movie, and thoroughly recommend it to anyone who enjoys or is interested in anime … anyway Alanjust arrived so were off to have some fun …

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