Cox's adaptation of Borges is a post-modern marvel of low-budget invention. Improving upon certain aspects of the short-story, Cox turns the material into a noirish revenge parable; blending the Godardian retro-futurism of Alphaville with comic book elements & modern politics. The main narrative is all brightly color-coded, like Dick Tracy, with black& white flashback sequences that are often covered in single takes.
Cox's adaptation of the Borges story is a visceral, unique vision of off kilter performances, bizarre visuals and intrigue that make for a quite novel view. Opening up the story to his own sensibilities the film is always interesting even though it lacks the brevity of the earlier '77 short film adaptation 'Spiderweb'.