After "Pusher" this movie is far too over-ambitious. In trying to assimilate stylistic elements of David Lynch's filmic language (and also using the similar but less sophisticated sound design of Brian Eno) Refn looses the grip on his own, very strong vocabulary (which he luckily restored and intensified in "Pusher" II & III). Nevertheless the film has its fascinating moments.
Refn is a very inventive director but this piece is nowhere near as good as any of his other work. That's not to say it's bad because it's not but I just feel that it slips up in a number of places which obviously changes my whole outlook on the film. It's a disappointing film but Turturro prevails over the odds and delivers a career best performance matching Barton Fink. Very good in places but lackluster in others.
Zapruder all over again, that is to say another Blow-Up-ish thriller. Since the Kennedy assassination we did learn that a filmed image is not to be taken as a documented Truth anymore. You have to understand it, analyse it, break the code to make it speak. NWR comes late with this film hommage to a genre that Pakula masterized long ago.