I just did a double feature of this and Wild Wild West. I think I've really lost my mind. Neveldine and Taylor are hacks. Period. There's lots of ineptness here. Undercooked story, shoddy script, too short a run time, the pacing's too fast, and some really underused talent.
Brolin and Malkovich try really hard, but they can't carry things. I gave Fox the benefit of the doubt with Jennifer's Body, but it looks like that one (for now) was a miraculous fluke. Fassbender is fun, I'll give him that, but, and this applies all around: I can't care for any of these people. They're not likeable, sympathetic, or as interesting as they should be. It was cool to see Brent Hinds of Mastodon make a 3 second cameo though...
Speaking of which...I love Mastodon. They are one of my favorite bands. I got psyched when I first heard about this movie and their involvement with it. The music is good, not their best, but it's probably the best thing in the movie. Unfortunately, even that was compromised. They had originally written some apparently excellent music, but shit happened and it got scrapped and they had to start over and weren't given lots of time to deliver new music. Also, they didn't get 100% creative freedom the second time around. BOO.
I did like the random steam punk elements, but everything here just felt super half assed, tired, and incredibly lazy. I was gonna try to be nice and give this an extra half star originally, but I'm just too angry and confused, and tired of talking about any of this more than it deserves.