After hearing very little about this film other than negative reactions from friends, I bought the DVD, and am thrilled with the film and the pressing. Director Christian Duguay has super charged a sometimes confusing plot with lots and lots of action, gunfire, chases, explosions, you name it - it's here. There is very little "down time" in this movie. The visuals are stunning whether at the very top of a high skyscraper, in a nightclub, or on the street great effort was spent in getting it right. Turn off the sometimes overpowering surround sound and view it once, twice, any number of times for the pure joy of detail, color, and the essence of mood, rain, darkness, it's all there. So the acting at times is stretched, the plot confusing, the visuals are worth the viewing. Actress Marie Matiko (from The Corruptor) breaths fresh life into this film. She is headstrong, determined, vulnerable at times, always moving staying up with the action, creating action and enhancing what is happening to her and around her. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa who first came on the scene in a very memorable performance in "The Last Emporer" performs the "perfect" villian, smooth, evil, premeditated, you won't forget him. As to the others I'll let you be the judge. Just order it, play it, study it, and enjoy "The Art of War".