Although the media reviews have been generally favourable, this film has received some criticism, mostly due to its convoluted plot and what many people perceive to be an unsatisfactory ending. I also think the first 15 minutes or so of the film are a little weak, there is an unconvincing slow-mo of the two main protagonists scuffling at an airport, and the first of many "Thomas Crown" style split screens accompanied by some hip jazz - this all looks a little contrived, as if the director is trying to jump on the Quentin Tarantino / Guy Ritchie bandwagon ten years too late.
However, by the time the credits roll I was totally satisfied by this witty and stylish thriller. Although the plot is cryptic and is told out of sequence, Pulp Fiction style (Tarantino again), you were still given enough breadcrumbs to understand what was going on, with the added bonus that the film will stand repeated viewings when more details may be picked up. The script in particular is a highlight, very witty and highly amusing at places, I found myself hanging on every word. Performances by all the cast are top notch, Owen and Roberts work very well together, although Julia isn't carrying quite the level of glamour we normally associate with her here (sorry, but she is playing a romantic lead). Owen appears to be going from strength to strength, I've not seen him in bad film yet (thank goodness he didn't sign-up for Bond). As for the ending, well, in my opinion it was excellent; very brave and totally unexpected, and also looking a little like the door is being left open for a sequel (although I doubt very much we'll see one).
As for the presentation on Blu-Ray, well I thought the image quality was pretty average for a modern release (nothing wrong with that, I just found it unremarkable), although colours are vibrant, and the glamorous locations do look good. Sound quality is strong though, with a good choice of soundtracks (there is also a huge choice of subtitles).