By far my favourite Keanu Reeves film. Yeah the special effects have aged fairly terribly (they were a little to ambitious for their time) but in terms of writing and performances this serves as a delightful feel good comedy that is just a blatant joy to watch. Getting to see this in a theatre was such a fun experience. This is starting to become one of those films that I revisit most consistently. It's something I can just put on anytime of the day and be satisfied.
I really loved the this in the first 30 minutes or so. Does an amazing job at setting up the narrative and the fascinating possibilities that could come out of such a concept. But once everything is established, and the direction of the story is clear, the result is just a flat and underwhelming mess that tries to take itself seriously, despite the countless plot holes that pollute it. Brad Pitt's performance is impressive, he really adds depth to this…
An insanely uncomfortable experience that although purposeful lacks any real reason to exist. It's essentially two hours of explicitly presenting people getting tortured by fascists in the worst ways imaginable. I couldn't help thinking what the point was in making this. It's a pointless experience that doesn't do much aside from make you feel physically sick. I guess the intention was to present a view of the worst of humanity in action, but is there any real point in watching that?