Self-consciously worthy and serious, set in a psychics-bending world of fanciful gunfights, where everyone dresses like Ian Curtis. Simple-minded but enjoyable cashing-in on "The Matrix" with plenty of fascistic "1984" dystopianism. 2.5*
(Warning:spoiler) This movie serves as a dystopian cinephilia tribute mash-up. We see fragments of 1984, in the threat of TV screens and the somberness of crowds. There's a theme influence from Fahrenheint 451 in the bad guys' pyromania. And the one guy versus crowd of bad guys' martial arts scenes owe credits to The Matrix. It's all nicely put together. And there's Christian Bale and a puppy dog too.
I have no clue why my friends recommended this movie to me when they know i like scifis. The action scenes are comparable to indian action movies. Had a good laugh watching it though. Dear Scifi lovers, if you haven't watch this movie, please don't.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the focus of this story, is the politics of its dystopian future (even if it's an amalgam of other stories), and the emotional state of the characters, and not the action.