Natali and cinematographer Derek Rogers take us into a desaturated world with flashes of colour, which gives the film a seductively futuristic look and a grippingly paranoid tone. Combined with Northam's insinuating, constantly shifting performance, this draws us in at first with curiosity, then with an almost uncontrollable sense of panic as we travel this journey with Morgan to get to the bottom of this creepy spy-vs-spy-vs-spy underworld. Liu is excellent as well, keeping things thoroughly confusing and enigmatic until the very end. This is a funny, nerve-wracking film that deals with issues of identity and corporate control in a much more involving way than The Matrix. As Morgan discovers that he can trust no one, including himself, he realizes that his only hope for salvation is to find someone to trust! It's a brilliant concept, cleverly written by King and directed with confidence and style by Natali. Can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
dir Vincenzo Natali|
scr Brian King
with Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu, Nigel Bennett, Timothy Webber, David Hewlett, Kari Matchett, Matthew Sharp, Joseph Scoren, Anne Marie Scheffler, Nelson Tynes
release UK 29.Aug.03
Buried in layers of lies: Northam.
|Steve, France: "It's well-made and original ... and confusing. Everything fits right and you have to enjoy it, the only thing I'm not sure I understand is why he has to do all that to get the girl. So I did understand everything, I think, except that."|