A prime example of the nineties style angst ridden action film. What seemed vital and original in '94 however 25 years on seems somewhat hokey and over baked. The soundtrack stands up better than the film does. 'It can't rain all the time'.
A once-in-a-generation synthesis of Brandon Lee's megawatt charisma and a host of director Alex Proyas' influences - from Hong Kong pistol opera to Goth subculture. The sight of Lee's avenging angel leaping between rooftops set to Nine Inch Nails either triggers your dopamine rush or it doesn't, but a recent sold out 35mm screening made it clear to me that, for the devoted, this film is almost a religion.
If there is a better, more aesthetically accomplished, more cinematic graphic novel adaptation I am not aware of it. Proyas announced himself as a major talent with this visual tour de force. The movie creates a threatening, stylized, shadow world of urban decay and violent chaos. Lee mesmerizes with his balletic grace. Rapid fire editing and a rich, Gothic atmosphere serve to imbue the film with a taught tension.
Good movie although it has dated somewhat regarding the obvious music video style it was shot in. Otherwise there are some good performances considering the lean and thin script and a cracking soundtrack filled to the brim with 90's alt rock.