I think there is enough praise for this film that I don’t need to spew my own upon it. All I can say is that it is everything I hoped for and much more. Some complained the trailer completely gave away the mystery of the film. If that was true, then this would be a very shallow film indeed. The plot points revealed in the trailer are covered in the first act of the film, and then we travel down the rabbit-hole, uncovering the mysteries of the film along with Sam Rockwell. Who, by the way, delivers in a big bad way. Aside from Choke, I haven’t really seen him in much, but his talent is revealed by this film. I wish I could discuss his performance more, but the spoiler-free nature of this doesn’t allow it. Suffice it to say, he better be getting an Oscar nomination for this.
Duncan Jones is one filmmaker I’ll be on the lookout for. I just hope he sticks to the relatively small films for awhile, focusing heavily on characters, which is what this film excels at. I mean, with only Rockwell and Spacey how could it not be about characters?
Clint Mansell. What can I say? The guy’s great at every score he composes. The repeating piano-motif is both haunting and beautiful. The soundtrack felt like a spiritual successor to The Fountain—no complaints there!
Try to catch it in theaters, but if not, watch it you must.