The Week: Movies: IT'S MATTER OVER MIND.
GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE (15)
THERE aren't too many animated movies that liberally quote Shakespeare, Milton, the Bible and Confucius.
But then Ghost In The Shell taxes the mind more than most.
Actually, I found the characters' propensity to come out with philosophical sayings rather annoying, especially when they made no sense.
I understand 'We weep for the bird's cry but not for the blood of a fish', but what is 'Let one walk alone, committing no sin, with few wishes, like an elephant in a forest' all about?
It is set in 2032, some years after the Major - so cybernetically enhanced that only her ghost remained human - disappeared into the Net.
Her cyborg cop partner, Batou, is an agent of the elite Section 9. He and his mostly-human new sidekick Togusa are called in to investigate a series of gruesome murders.
But it's often hard to know what's going on amid the psychobabble and it's much better to look at than listen to.
When I lost track of the narrative, I just enjoyed the beautiful images - especially of Batou's cute basset hound.