Watched this one yesterday and I’m not positive what to think about the flick. Apart from being somewhat stylistically erratic and slightly out-of-focus (the narrative is so sparse and constantly itinerant to the degree that it looks unfocused), the film felt extremely uneven to me.
Both plot-wise and direction-wise, Siciliano tried hard to distill from the script as many merits as possible, but eventually, I was under the impression that the movie was haphazard and not particularly exhilarating, despite some legitimately impressive parts that made me expect something truly special. The action sequences were conducted in a satisfactory way, nothing to gloat over really. Oh, and of course its almost two-hour length that only augmented the film’s flaws as well as rendered them more noticeable to the naked eye.
Overall, even though I appreciate how ambitious the spag is, the film is still a mixed bag of stronger and weaker elements for me and I don’t think it’s going to change after the second viewing which the movie possibly deserves. With some more disciplined writing and more resolute mise-en-scene, it could have been something quite outstanding. Instead, it all feels too sprawling and too ambitious, so to speak.
My thoughts exactly, Herr Stanton. As I said, the film feels erratic and doesn’t always live up to its potential that it surely possesses.