This is a bonkers film, but in the best way possible. Like Snowpiercer and The Host, nailing down a specific genre isn't easy here. It's both a zany comedy and a grim look at how slaughterhouses work all in a single package.
This film looks gorgeous; especially because of the set design. The colors basically leap off the screen. Natalie Portman is also great, with that distinctive speaking style feeling natural. On the other hand, some of the conversations are way on the nose. It's a bit too direct at times, yet still interesting right up to the end.
It looks amazing, and I love the set design. I can't imagine what it took to create this world. The central mystery also intrigued me, especially once Deckard finally entered the picture. Harrison Ford is great at showing world-weary characters, and Deckard fits right into that mold.
On the other hand, its treatment of women is a real problem. Most of them are props or sex objects, and it's just a bad look even for a film that takes place…
After watching Blackhat so recently, I was amazed to remember that Mann did even more impressive visual work here. L.A. is gorgeous in this film, and Mann gets amazing mileage out of just shooting Foxx and Cruise in a car. I also forgot about brief cameos from Jason Statham and Javier Bardem, who owns the screen as the man behind the curtain.