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The Week: Movies: IT'S MATTER OVER MIND.

Byline: BY ROZ LAWS

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.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2005
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