Some of the laziest writing when it comes to character development. It seems like the producers had some great ideas for the rollerball scenes and that's about it. This could have been an amazing character piece that has the hero's journey screaming all over it. Instead, any scene where we could have had some character development is lazily expositioned with some of the worst dialogue I have heard in a long time. "Woah! thats Zapan! Look out, he has the most kills as a bounty hunter! Look at his sword. They say its way OP." You really couldn't have thought of anything else for that scene? He is in a fruit market...maybe have him do some fruit ninja shit to show off how powerful he is? It's shit like this that is just not thought out at all. Which is surprising considering this script has been on the back burner for what? 10 years? There was a lot of time to think about these scenes. OH WELL. another great idea that will tank the box office because the SCRIPT IS BAD. This is not marketing's fault.
Barely made it through this one. This movie feels like the director either: A) Had no clue what he wanted, didn't get the proper shots on set, and the post production team smeared terrible VFX over this to make it look "trippy". or B) The director knew exactly what he was doing, but had no concept of pacing or camera direction. I am not sure what is worse. This is one of those overly pretentious films trying so hard to be a "B-Movie" that it loses all sense of enjoyment and feeling. It is evident Cage had little to no direction and was just winging it in most scenes. It's a shame because under the proper direction this movie could have been quite special. The lighting in some scenes really popped with the assistance of post color grading, and some of the performances were great. It can't carry a whole movie though.