A live action remake of the 90's Anime original sees Scarlett Johansson in a role where the performance is not too dissimilar from her Black Widow persona in The Avengers films. Here she plays "Major" a cyborg sent to investigate the murder of scientists involved in a secret project. Along the way she learns of her past, which causes her to rethink who she is really working for.
The star of the show is the visuals, they're great and look like Blade Runner on Ecstasy with huge hologram adverts hanging off a complex Mega-City style cityscape. Performances are fine, Scarlett isn't challenged too much and Beat Takeshi is just Beat, I've no complaints ever with him. The Clint Mansell soundtrack is also really good.
Is it better than the original? I think so. The original will always be a classic but I think the director has done enough to stay true but also to put his own stamp on the story. I found it easier to follow.