The dystopian themes of Fahrenheit 451 and The Giver, mixed with the look and feel of the Matrix and Blade Runner? What's not to like? Well, okay, it's not that simple. While it does take elements from a variety of successful sci-fi stories, and pulls them off fairly well, something about the movie still feels pretty thin. I do think Christian Bale does a good job portraying the discovery of emotions, as well as the stoic closing off of emotions at the same time as well. It just doesn't feel like they do enough with the characters or story for the audience to care all that much, which ultimately leads to the ending having less of an impact than it could have been. It's a decent movie and good for a single watch for fans of dystopian themes, but not quite good enough to convince me to buy it.
Personal Grade: A
Technical Score: 70%