The problem with a film like this is that people tend to personalize what they get out of it to such an extent that it's hard for someone who hasn't seen it to know what they are likely to end up watching. Viewers can give a film like this as much or as little depth as they like. And having seen it I don't know what exactly it is I've watched. It is sci-fi, it is romance, it has a touch of the thriller, and a dollop of the mood piece, it is pedestrian yet not exactly plodding. It is a mess, but only in so much that a mixed chow mein might look a mess but is actually enjoyable to eat. However, for me the mix didn't work that well and I grew bored with this film, despite the interesting overseas sets and photography, the competent but not exactly strenuous acting, the reasonable script, and the 'have/have not' and other issues that might be found in the film. I thought those that lived outside the 'system' had more interesting or colourful lifestyles than those in it, who tended to be futuristic versions of the nine-to-five commuting rat racers we see nowadays. That's not saying that one is better than the other, because like this film it's hard to quantify and qualify objectively. I guess like life, this film is whatever you want it to be.