Monday, October 08, 2012
1. The premise, which initially seemed only moderately promising, but which yields much more than Alan Smithee predicted.
2. The acting. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis each do that thing each of them does, but it's Emily Blunt who is the heart of the film and who you remember after the film is over, and not just because she's purty.
3. The ending, which took Alan Smithee by surprise, but which he immediately understood was where the film was always heading.
Comparisons have been made to many films, including The Terminator (apt), The Matrix (inapt), and The Sixth Sense (somewhat apt: the ending does reverberate back through the film, but not in a Shyamalan kind of way). Go see.