A neat film about bureaucracy and labour. We watch a unit of work coalesce slowly out of disparate ideas, and its point-man delicately navigating a gaseous cloud of higher-ups and their vaguely defined authorities as he tries to bring it into the world.
This leaner film was apparently thought to be too thin, though; it's encased in a fatty (i.e., long and boring) layer of attempts at being a thriller. Tension is injected into scenes where it doesn't make any sense; there is never really any threat of violence, and pretty much everyone is on the same team.
But it looks beautiful - like Collateral, a genre film that doesn't resort to three-point lighting in digital; unlike Collateral, works strange, pastel colours everywhere. In that palette we see painted a kind of upmarket-IKEA hellscape of laminated wood, copper, dark perspex and red enamel.