The Good Things
*A few neat special effects that are used quite effectively.
*Excellent filming style. Very solid, fluid, and slick.
*Very nifty production design. Lots of interesting sets, costumes, and props. Some of it (like seeing the blocks and blocks of houses that are all perfectly alike) makes you think.
*Interesting use of textures and monochrome colors.
*Good acting. It's very interesting to see how most people act robotically in this world. The main character acts robotically at first too, but transforms magnificently. Lucy Lui makes for a good, tough, enigmatic character. All these characters are fascinating.
*Good slick music.
The Bad Things
*Not really an action movie; no major fights, chases, or anything (except maybe for a few brief scenes at the end). Like "Gattaca," it's purely a sci-fi drama. Some may find this dull.
This film is surprisingly slick and intelligent; easily comparable to other great sci-fi titles like "Gattaca," "Dark City," or even "The Matrix." For that matter, it may also be comparable to most intelligent sci-fi books, like William Gibson's "Neuromancer." It may not have any major action scenes, but it manages to be thrilling and interesting through its style, writing, acting, and production design. Altogether, it's something sophisticated and intelligent that will leave you thinking.
The DVD has excellent video and sound quality. It is in widescreen, but has no special features other than trailers.
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