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6 Robot Movies Like Ghost In The Shell

2017

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Beat Takeshi Kitano, and Michael Carmen Pitt

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Major Motoko Kusanagi is the first of her kind in this film set in the near future. Gits (Ghost in the Shell) is about her transformation after a horrible terrorist attack. She is now a perfect soldier who has been enhanced with technology to stop the most dangerous criminals in the world. Terrorism has become even harder to stop, the terrorists can now hack into people’s minds and gain control of their bodies. Major Motoko Kusanagi has the abilities needed to counteract these evil doers.

There’s a flaw in Major’s new body, she is starting to realize she was forced to become who she is now. Her life was stolen not saved. Now, Major is on a mission to figure out who she was before the accident and who the bad people really are. This movie is based on the anime movie, Ghost in the Shell 1995.

If you love movies about people mixed with robots and set in a futuristic world, you’ll love these other movies like Ghost in the Shell.


I, Robot

2004

Starring: Will Smith and Bridget Moynahan

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This flick about man vs machine is a lot like the Ghost in the Shell live movie. This story is set in 2035. Robots are a big part of the world and detective Del Spooner is investigating the case of a robotic scientist who apparently committed suicide. This won’t be easy because detective Spooner is a technophobe, he’s afraid of technology, especially robots. The more Spooner finds out, the more he discovers that humanity is in grave danger in the I, Robot movie.


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Terminator: Genisys

2015

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Clarke

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This review is about the new Terminator movie, which is very similar to Ghost in the Shell. In the near future, Sgt. Kyle Reese is sent back in time to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor. Something bad happens that causes a rift in the timeline and because of this Sgt. Reese is now stuck in a different version of the past. By chance, Sgt. Reese finds some unlikely allies to help him with his fight against dangerous enemies, while he tries to figure out a way to set his timeline back on course. The Terminator franchise is the granddaddy of movies like Ghost in the Shell and must be added to this list.


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A.I. Artificial Intelligence

2001

Starring: Haley Joel Osment and Frances O’Connor

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We must add A. I. Artificial Intelligence to our list of Ghost in the Shell movie recommendations. This film is about the not-so-far future, where the world has been overthrown by climate change. The surviving humans have been forced to live in the center of the continents. Robots called “Mechas” are being born each day to help humans with their survival and daily needs.

David is the first mecha to have real feelings. He is a little boy who gets adopted by a woman named Monica who needs a substitute for her real son. Her son is in cryo-stasis because of a life-threatening disease. David adapts quickly to his new family and falls in love with his new mother, but when his “brother” wakes up, David starts to feel a new emotion, jealousy. This is about to dramatically change the world he’s used to.


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RoboCop

2014

Starring: Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman

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This addition to Ghost in the Shell movie alternatives is about the RoboCop remake. OmniCorp is the main producer of robot technology in 2028. They have been using their technology to fight the enemy overseas and have decided to use their engineering locally.

Alex Murphy is a great cop and loving father who has been critically injured in the line of duty, so OmniCorp uses science and medicine to create a hybrid human they now call RoboCop. If everything works out, OmniCorp plans on using their technology for every cop in the world. They just forgot one thing, Alex is still a human underneath all the metal, and he hasn’t given up his sole mission, to bring justice to his community.


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Ex Machina

2014

Starring: Domhnall Gleeson and Corey Johnson

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Nathan is a reclusive CEO of a mega internet company. Caleb is the young man who wins a competition to spend a week with Nathan in his private mountain retreat. Caleb soon realizes that his prize is to spend his days with an experiment involving an A. I. woman with human feelings and qualities. His life is about to change in this addition to our list of films like Ghost in the Shell called Ex Machina.


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Tron: Legacy

2010

Starring: Jeff Bridges and Garrett Hedlund

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This review is about the Jeff Bridges Tron: Legacy. This movie is a little different than most of the other Ghost in the Shell movie suggestions, this time the main character is pulled into the technology. Sam Flynn is looking into his father’s disappearance when he finds himself inside the computer program that has kept his father captive for 20 years. Along with his friend, Quorra, and his father, Kevin, the trio must fight through a dangerous new world to find a way out of the program before it destroys them all. This movie is visually stunning and gives us an inside look at how technology can become very dangerous, very fast.

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