the movie felt cheap
*** minor spoilers ***
first of all, roger ebert put this film into his great movie selection. wow. after watching the first 30 minutes i couldn't believe it.
the first scene before the credits already seemed like amateurish filmmaking. the clumsiness of the conversation with the artdealer (horrible acting and script) and the strange struggle and killing of the bodyguard. what was that? bad cinematography? bad editing? i was almost ashamed of how bad this scene worked!
after an hour i kind of accommodated myself to the movie, mainly because of malkovich interesting approach to the role. but there were still many occasions on which i was taken out of the movie. sometimes the bad script, sometimes the bad rhythm of scenes. when i saw the bad russian guy who was murdered in the zoo or the bodyguards who were strangled in the train, my tolerance was challenged to the limit. bad, bad, bad acting/casting. amateurish it seemed.
after watching the film, i was reminded of how difficult it is to make a professional movie. maybe this i also the reason, this movie did not get a theatrical release.