But most of the notes are well played and in the right order.
I like Paul Bettany and I like Karl Urban. I think they're both better than many of their movies.
This is absolutely formulaic, everything, but everything, including the dialogue is familiar. In a scene, it's fun to try to predict the exact words that are coming up.
However, it's all done pretty well. Effects are mostly nice, a little bit ropey CGI in a couple of places. The acting, well, everything asked for. The backdrops are wonderful and there' are visual elements reminiscent of one of my favourite movies, Casshern (though VERY different, I know). The fights- Ok, but ten a penny today, you know?
I feel four stars is a tad generous, but for type, definitely right. Otherwise, because it's just good formulaic fun maybe three stars. That goes to 3 1/2 average, and today I round up. That suggests I enjoyed it more than Gravity- which I did, because I didn't expect technical accuracy, so that wasn't nagging at me like toothache or screaming at a hangover as it was on occasion in Gravity.
I also like some of the deleted scenes, where the production methods can be seen.
Brilliant it isn't, but many lauded movies are worse.