Symbolism and interpretation. Stone relies heavily on these two concepts with fantastic results. The morally ambiguous characters, coarse language, and heavy themes by no means make this an easy movie to watch. That, however, doesn't mean it has no value. Incredible performances from De Niro, Norton, and Jovovich took me by surprise, considering the panning this movie's received. An unexpected ghetto accent from Norton was an interesting surprise, not a cringe-inducing gimmick or failure. The eerie soundtrack pervaded the film, chilling, digging its claws into your psyche at every frigid outburst or calmly destructive decision. Permeating into every scene with unnervingly soothing malice, it casts a shadow over proceedings that can hardly be overstated. The atmosphere is excellent, and one can scarcely accuse it of tedium in its theology. Venerated by Stone's plot, I felt no slowing of time, eagerly awaiting the next advancement. The religious metaphors, in addition, are endless. Tiring to some? Absolutely, but I found them neither preachy nor heavy-handed, as some have suggested. Deeply depressing or insightful and renewing, you can choose which way you want to have Stone. No matter what, you'll find yourself deep in thought by the end of it.