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Fresh: This inventive, low-budget science-fiction movie stands on its own, from its bracing, ingenious fight sequences to its literate roots in dystopian fiction.
- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Friday, December 6, 2002
Fresh: A moderately entertaining cautionary tale.
- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Thursday, December 5, 2002
Rotten: An unsophisticated sci-fi drama that takes itself all too seriously.
- Dennis Harvey, Variety, Thursday, December 5, 2002
A poor man's "The Matrix" mixed in with a fair dose of Orwellian culture, concerning a skilled new-age detective (Christian Bale) and how he battles to quell any feelings or emotions he has in a society that has outlawed human beings from possessing any sort of emotions whatsoever, due to them leading to horrendous acts of violence in the past. While the set-up from the start is a ridiculous, laughable stretch, this movie still gets by for the most part due to Bale's rock-solid performance of a man finally breaking through to the other side of the human spectrum. The action sequences are undeniably outstanding, perhaps even better than those in "The Matrix", and the film's message on the importance of feelings in humanity is handled decently. It's pretty dumb, loud, and somewhat predictable, but it irrefutably entertaining all the way through and Bale's cool presence that he brings alone demands a view.
- fb619846742, Thursday, June 28, 2012
Action's cool for like the first 5 minutes. The production value is obviously much more slimmer then its counterpart "The Matrix" and has much less interesting plot with little to no character development. Cinematography is ugly as well.
- fb1463751009, Friday, March 9, 2012