Whilst we all know Keanu's best stint in the world of cyber-punk came with the Matrix, few, or at least not me until recently, know of this attempt written by the daddy himself, William Gibson.
Reaves has always been good at keeping it cool, but here his ability to even do that is brought into question. Not only does Reavse's character break down through the coarse of the narrative but his acting also starts to tear the fabric of the fiction. This is not helped by the films dialogue, which well it might work in Gibson's books and stories (this film is based on one of them)does little to help us relate to, or even believe in these characters' plight.
Outside of this, the world of the fiction is also near breaking point. Environments are jumbled and the transition between these worlds seems jumpy. The representation of the Internet - a very Gibsonian representation - is brilliant, and perhaps the best thing this film has going, but even this doesn't feel entirely integrated.
A part from the internet Dolph Lundgren also provides a high point as the cybernetic bringer of salvation, a kind of religious nut-case who goes around killing people for money.
This film feels like a real attempt to bring Gibson's complex sprawl to life. A very hard task indeed and unfortunatly this film fails on most fronts.
If you are a fan of Gibson then go for this film as you may find it of interest, but don't expect to see that beautiful receeding city - this film just doesn't hit its mark.