This was a strange combination of historical adventure drama, investigative thriller, historical costume drama, madcap comedy, mind-blowing SF movie, and dystopian SF movie. As in: I THINK there were six interwoven stories, some clearly linked together, and some that seemed like they might be or should be interconnected.
It was annoyingly long at times, and I squirmed and looked at my watch. The plot advanced at blinding speed sometimes, and I wanted a rewind button.
There was gory and rapid-paced violence, interspersed with liesurely scenic views, sudden and startling violence, love-making, supernatural characters, effective and convincing 27th Century tech, and futuristic vehicles that were more unconvincing style than function.
It could have been a mess. Much of it is a mess, I am convinced, no matter how many times you see it. Yet I will buy the disk, and watch it occasionally when I'm in the mood for puzzles.
Warnings for explicit throat-cutting violence and on-screen killings, explicitly expressed racism, explicit sex and nudity, and beaucoups makeup effects that often worked and sometimes annoyingly did not.