November 4, 2012
A Grand Gesture with Mediocre Execution
While I have yet to read the original novel, I still had somewhat high expectations for this film. Reviews were quite critical following its release, but I took such commentary with a grain of salt, as science-fiction films tend to invite the wrong sets of perspectives from such eyes. The movie is essentially a prolonged, under-explicated narrative revolving around the concepts of freedom, revolution, love and transcendence. The film espoused considerable value in its opening sequences, but the individual character lines seemed under-developed. Certain crucial themes were advanced only in passing, to be overshadowed by unharnessed violence and intensity. Granted, this was a rated R film, but there were certain instances where the explicit scenes did not feel justified, but were little more than "shock factor." However, I still enjoyed the overall narrative. My recommendation might be to read the novel prior to the film, so you may fill in the character plots on your own.
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