Quite simply an utter mess of a film. What was Danny Boyle thinking? A perfect example of an absurd concept hung around an even more unbelievable series of ridiculous coincidences. The 'smart twists' the narrative seemed to function off (and the film smugly played out with the finesse of a trampolining elephant) were blatant within the first 10-15 minutes! And seriously, those villains? Oh dear.
I've had high hopes for this film based on the red band trailer. The beginning is promising and McAvoy seems like he is going to give a great performance, but then everything goes asunder. Plot twists come of as pretentious and unrealistic, and the end result is utterly ridiculous. The protagonist is the antagonist; the antagonist is the protagonist; the victim is the mastermind. So much wasted potential.
It would be easier to say what was under-cooked (as a long-time skeptic of Boyle, it would be very easy). But I would rather focus on what I enjoyed. It was bubblegum, and that's what I wanted. It's stylish as all hell, with a colourful palette and lots of energy (at least the first half). MacAvoy tries his hardest with the thin script, Cassel is charismatic as usual, and Dawson is a sight for sore eyes.
Misbegotten mess of a film. You wonder what drawer the script was languishing in as its fragmented yet stylishly hip narrative resembles Boyle weakly attempting to recycle his 1990s sensibility (even McAvoy, generally a good actor, is reduced to conjuring Ewan McGregor circa 1998).