Decided to give this a shot, when someone randomly tweeted the trailer at me. I love cyberpunk dystopian sci-fi and this looked like it was inspired by the likes of Robocop, Johnny Mnemonic, Shadow Run and Cyberpunk 77. Seems it was never out in my area and I didn't even know it existed until today, which sucks, because this was quite a fun watch. Can you see the twist coming if you've ever read or watched or played cyberpunk fiction? Well, yeah. Did it matter? No. Very few films have actually surprising endings.
It was well acted, with some great choreography, cool color palette and slick cinematography, a tight script and fast pacing, with just the right amount of body horror not to make me want to turn it off in disgust. I was shocked by the lead's performance, seeing as he was an unbearable charisma black hole in Prometheus. Here, he's funny, relatable and believable as an ordinary man thrust into a nightmare scenario. His co-star was an excellent foil, as well. The setting is ripe for more movies or a better yet, a TV series, especially with an online service that can ignore ratings restrictions, exploring the beginnings of a new sci-fi dystopia before it turns into something like Mega City One.
Speaking of Dredd (one of my favorite movies), this feels like yet another case of the producers/distributors not knowing what they had or how to market it properly, which is a real shame. So many complete dumpster fires get $100 million ad budgets and break wide, while genuine entertainment gets peanuts and splats at the box office. Ignore the one star reviews. I already ordered the bluray. Watch and enjoy.