What a treat to see a film which has all the elements that one hopes for, but rarely gets, when one goes to see an action film. From the trailers I wasn't sure it was high on my 'must see' film list, but after a friend recommended it I was highly impressed with everything - the casting, performances, dialogue (script), plot-twists and special effects took you on a fantastic journey, without treating the audience like idiots who needed to be 'spoon fed'.
Special mention must go to Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea & Natalie Portman for magnificent performances, but there wasn't a weak link in the range of roles on show. The writers have done a wonderful job, so many themes, so many cultural references and so many social comments without it all becoming a jumble. The pace was slick but there was such a human/emotional element to it that is often lost when a story is told that covers both complex themes and a long period in the action (a year in all) as well as being full of twists and surprises.
This is a film I can recommend to academics and action/adventure fans alike.
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