In “Ghost in the Shell: The Watcher of Tomorrow”, we follow the cyborg Major and his specialized missions in the fight against cyberterrorism with his task force, Section 9, formed to thwart the plans of cybercriminals and hackers.
Despite the provocative premise, the adaptation made by Rupert Sanders in 2017 has become the target of great controversy among fans of the Japanese manga.
That’s because audiences expected the protagonist to be played by an Asian actress, but Paramount Pictures chose Scarlett Johansson (“Black Widow”) for the lead role.
Since the announcement, the production has come under severe criticism and even threats of a boycott due to the laundering of the cast.
Still, the production pursued the choice and, as expected, the result was a failure of critics and audiences alike.
Budgeted at $ 110 million, the feature film promised to renew the sci-fi genre in its narrative and futuristic visuals, but only grossed $ 169.8 million worldwide.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the critics’ approval rating is only 43% approval, while the public has given it 51% positive ratings.
Despite everything, the film has found a good reception since it was added to the Netflix catalog, as is already the case with titles which met the same fate as ‘Ghost in the Shell’ at the time of its release.
According to Flix Patrol, the live-action version has given excellent results as it arrives on the platform in several countries.
Although the portal didn’t release any numbers, its algorithms analyzed that the adaptation generated so many views that it became the 20th most-watched title on the platform in the last five years at the global scale.
In contrast, research shows the film caused quite a stir when it hit the catalog, but loses strength in the first few weeks.
This also happened in Brazil, when the film was added to the catalog in 2019 and remained on the platform for less than a year.
From 2021, the feature film returned to the catalog and seems to continue to attract subscribers.
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