In the hands of Len Wiseman, Paul Verhoeven's ultra-gory and satirical 1990 film becomes a lens-flare'd, poe-faced mash-up of "The Bourne Identity" and "Minority Report." Wiseman is arguably superior at directing action than many of his peers like Paul W.S. Anderson and Michael Bay but here, his typically fluid camera movement feels constrained by an awkward ratio of practical sets to green screen.
An incredibly gorgeous movie that lost my interest more and more with each passing second. The nods to the original were a nice touch even if the 3-boobed lady was less than subtly and so inappropriately added. I didn't like it very much but in spite of this I didn't hate it for some messed up reason either.
In comparison to Verhoeven's film, this is not as clever, campy, or violent. But in its own right, it makes good use of technology in creating some genuinely beautiful locations (echoes of Blade Runner). While the overall good cast seems a little directionless and tepid, the action scenes are well done and the story surrounding The UFB, The Colony, and The Fall was quite interesting. Not faithful to the book, though.
Having heard a lot of critique about this movie, I have to say it was a bit better than I expected. The action scenes and the CGI (reminiscent of Blade Runner) were enjoyable, and some of the story elements were kind of clever.
I thought it was pretty good. It's not as smart (or as good) as Verhoeven's version, but even so, this new version is still pretty smart. It is based on a Philip K. Dick story, after all. I'm actually glad this version is different than the Verhoeven version because there's no point in remaking a movie if it's just going to to be a carbon copy of the original. I watched the Director's Cut, by the way.