Saw this opening weekend with the wife and we both had a great time. Glad to have the anti-hero back! Much more reminiscent of Pitch Black than TCoR. The second movie was alright (I do own it) but was not at the same level as the first movie. This movie was far better than the second one, IMHO! I was actually very pleased with how the second movie was tied into this. Without giving too much away, it was just pretty much a wham, bam, thank you ma'am and that's it. Just get on with it already and that's what they did. The visual effects weren't that great as already stated but yeah the budget was small. I do think they were fairly wise with the budget though. The props that weren't CGI were actually pretty cool including the "bikes" and that "electro-chainsaw" thing, but I think the audio was the real gem hear. The soundtrack and sound effects in the first 30 mins or so in the movie were fantastic in setting the mood and once the rain started, it was on. The action was pure red blooded entertainment. No B.S. PG-13 crap here. Full on R rated! All in all, my wife and I were pleased with the movie and didn't feel like we wasted our money. Of course YMMV, but this will be a purchase when it comes out on Blu-ray.