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This was an "unusual" movie, visually and in its plot. First, let's consider the VISUAL (for this IS a PQ-thread).
We often talk about "director's intent" and how it affects the Picture Quality and, ultimately, our Recommended Placement. In the thread's "criteria" it is stated emphatically that the "director's intent" should NOT influence our assessment of the film's PQ. So, let me say from the outset that this film will never find its way into either of the two Top Tiers (i.e. Reference and Demo tiers). That's not to say there isn't any redeeming qualities PQ-wise, for there were plenty of scenes with striking clarity, finely-rendered details, and appreciable depth. But there are also plenty of scenes where the director purposely chose to soften the image, lower the contrast, and strip all dark scenes of true black, resulting in murky grays and poorly-rendered shadow details. So, it is truly a "mixed bag" with some shots fitting squarely into either Tier Blu or Tier Gold, and other shots plummeting into the lower tiers.
Before I give a placement (which is rather difficult in light of my analysis above), I want to give a shout out to the creator of this "thinking man's Sci Fi movie." It literally held my attention during every minute of its nearly two-hour running time and in the end I found myself "thinking" I had everything figured out, only to realize that there are still some "holes" that need filling. In the main I believe I did "arrive" at some conclusions that seem to fit the purpose of the film's creator. I won't go into any details, for I learned my lesson a long time ago when it comes to SPOILERS!!
After some consideration (and weighing all the "pros" and "cons" of its PQ), my vote goes for....
Tier Recommendation: 2.5*
PS I "could" be convinced to raise my score to as high as 2.0, for the redeeming qualities alluded to above were QUITE GOOD!
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