Saturday, September 11, 2004

Toronto Film Festival--"Ghost In The Shell II"

If you're a plot fetishist who loves to caress every curve and twist of the narrative and knit every last thread of the story into a neat bundle with no loose strings hanging about, then you might despise Mamoru Oshii's Ghost In The Shell II.

Don't get me wrong--this Japanese anime film has a strong story, dense and eventful. But what is special about the movie is the way it scatters the elements of the story about like mere crumbs so that each viewer is forced to pick up and follow a different and unique trail.

And it is the digressive journey of that trail, not some well-resolved puzzle of a plot, that is most fun about this futuristic science-fiction thriller.

Most of the dialogue is collaged from a dumbfounding variety of sources. Descartes and the Book of Psalms fly about, sharing the air with the sounds of machine-gun rounds.