The washed out colours (could be described as subtle), movement of the characters, quiet feel to this film reminded me of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, which was quite ground breaking at the time it was made. I think the trouble is that things have moved on. The plot could hardly be simpler, and possibly echoed the opening up of Japan in the 1800's. Self imposed isolation, with jealous outside counties desperate to break through and control trade, a special ops force instead of a gunboat, a faded love triangle tainting the air in an attempt to add tension. Only this time around there is no exotic Floating World to discover behind the protective barriers, just freedom fighters holding onto the last of their perceived humanity. It all sounds a bit familiar doesn't it? There are parts of this film I had to admire, but nothing that stopped me breathless in my tracks, compared to some scenes from Ghost in the Shell for example. I probably will watch it again, give it a second go, but I found it disappointing first time around.