I still enjoyed - after I don't know how many times - watching this film. Spielberg's way of building up tension is exemplary. And I love the crazy operation sequence: the setting is nearly surrealistic with its characters, dialogues and fragmentary film citations in the background.
It needed less Tom Cruise prancing around attempting to act. I love the conspiracy within a conspiracy within a conspiracy that so characterizes PKD, and the trademark black comedy. The paranoia just never reached the level of pulse pounding, however. It was as if Spielberg was afraid to go all the way, and instead retreated into his usual schtick sentimentality.
Saw this once when it came out: Didn't like it. After many years, and a lot of encouragement from cinephile friends, I did finally rewatch this yesterday. Still don't like it. I admire the ideas behind the story and the cinematography. But the tone and acting (apart from a well cast Colin Farrell) is seriously sub-par. Spielberg executes his action sequences brilliantly, but ultimately the whole is too weak.
This film doesn't really know what it wants to be, and toward the end it felt rather messy to the point where the ending didn't seem properly set up. But underneath the forced mass appeal, and one or two poorly staged action sequences, is a entertaining and sometimes smart thriller with a great cast. 4/5
My favorite Spielberg film; on the same level as "Blade Runner," and maybe even better. The action, suspense and imagination rival "Raiders" and the melancholy central drama is affecting and sentimental without being maudlin in the least. Beautifully shot-through with oppressive cerulean hues. An eerily pretty score from Williams. Morton is horrifyingly powerful; to this day, I get goosebumps from all of her lines.
a cinematic miracle that never slows down. the dizzying action routine is shattered, after we find an important, personal image in the ocean of visual noise. yes, it's "blow-up" as sci-fi, plus a bold criticism of democracy: the majority is not always right. almost as great a film as "a.i."