This has to be one of the worst big studio movies released in the last decade or so. Michael Fassbender looks bored and lost in the lead role as a supposedly brilliant detective, who nevertheless doesn’t manage to solve much of anything as much as he stumbles from accidental discovery to accidental discovery. He’s paired with a sleepwalking Rebecca Ferguson, who is so dispassionate one could easily forget she’s in the movie despite her significant screen time, while the strong supporting cast (including Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chloe Sevigny) is wasted in thankless roles (not to mention a dubbed Val Kilmer, who seems to be in a different movie altogether). Meanwhile, the editing is so haphazard and indifferent that it’s hard to keep track of the plot… although it doesn’t seem to matter, since everything is do damn predictable that it’s not worth the effort to try to keep up. Director Tomas Alfredson has a knack for grandiose establishing and transition shots, but the movie is so wobbly and disjointed that those shots seem out of place in such a turgic, predictable mess.
Rating: ★ (out of 5)