The movie delves into the morals of mankind and emotional adaptability in a way few sci-fi movies do.
The 3 lead actors are at the height of their careers and all portray strong roles.
There's no visual razzle-dazzle or pyrotechnics apart from a distant rocket launch, and while the lighting relies strong on brutal orange and cold blue, hints of a rich opulence do shimmer through in the location choices of specific scenes and set design.
Jude Law provides exceptional support as a "broken ladder", a failure despite superior genetic makeup. Look for author Gore Vidal in a strong performance carrying several scenes. Keen observations into humanity's prospects down the road of genetic fascism.
What an irony! Don't label something so fast without letting it prove itself - that's exactly the message in this movie.
The movie impressed me from the start. Clever lines. Clever plot twists. A clever story idea (read up the trivia too!) and a cleverer execution of a thriller. In lesser hands, it would be made into another run-of-the-mill fast-paced actioner. But Andrew chooses to tell the story in a way it will provoke our thoughts. In one deleted scene (only in the DVD), it shows a series of great people (JFK, Einstein, Abraham Lincoln etc) with 'defects'. Just imagine, if a system like the one in the movie was adopted earlier, they would be classified as 'In-valids' and deemed 'underclass'.