This is such great classic sci fi, it's hard to believe it is from 2004. Vin Diesel was born for this role. This is one of my favorite all time movies, the opening scene gets your heart pounding and it just doesn't stop: almost non-stop action from there on out. Costume, set design, all top notch and the acting is excellent too! If you think about the plot, it gets a little sad, be like his character, stick to action.
Also, somehow, the movie is composed almost entirely of excellent one-liners. Must be Vin Diesel's excellent, yet under-appreciated, acting. "It's a tea cup, actually." He makes the statement "29.4 kilometers" sinister and hilarious at the same time. Truly amazing. The action really does distract away from his acting, so Mr. Diesel, there are those of us that do appreciate both your ability in your stunts, who enjoy your material, who do also appreciate that it does distract, but without the excellent acting, the stunts are just stunts.
The entire movie, however, is moving poetry. Thandie Newton nearly steals the show from him. The Purifier is mysterious and sad and one of the best death scenes ever. I have been a fan of Karl Urban since his Xena (Eros/Caesar) days (hope he plays Erak in the rumored production of The Ranger's Apprentice), his character is so powerful and so pious, yet so mixed up and impotent. The set design is truly other wordly and the first time I saw the Lord Marshall and he removed his face covering I nearly fainted! So creepy! This is one of the best done movies ever. Congrats to David Twohy and thanks for making this movie. Anyone who likes sci fi should watch this!