Keith Uhlich's assessment that this is an absorbing breakdown of the Hollywood thriller to its essential elements...is 100% correct!
Sequence by sequence, it tops itself as a piece of superior suspense entertainment, exploiting urban fears so unpretentiously.
I finally succumbed to watching this and it really is the last great studio-crafted thriller. Well, of its kind, at least.
The Oxford Dictionary defines "Redundancy" as: The state of being not or no longer needed or useful.
I don't want to anger fans, but despite Webb's film being overall more genuine in tone and sensitivity than his previous one, I still can't shake the fact that is a 200-million dollar piece of revival theatre.
The plot is a mess: There is no clear line from the beginning of the movie to the end and most of the characters intentions (especially the villains') are incomprehensible.
It isn't a horrible movie, just a useless one.