Generic american superhero/terrorism, played by robots
It's in the style of Game of Thrones (acting like super heroes & terrorists towards each other, regardless of story).
Everyone acts tough or pretty, instead of being it then acting sociable. No one attempts to preserve relationships between each other, as if it was just declared, now everyone has a license to bark like a dog w/o consequence.
Slow motion also takes the humanity out of it. Trying to make grotesque things look classy and extending it's time, instead of framing it properly for a short time.
Original Bond was a human being underneath but somewhere along the way Daniel Craig exchanged all of it to completely embody a robot. Likewise the other actors, directors,.. and the movie is played like it's high quality.
Camera angles are extremely poor and ruin immersion/tense drama, as they're often shot like photos instead of portraying the viewer being there feeling the same thing as the actor. IE. Someone is held at gun point but the camera is from the angle of the gunman, so the viewer feels safe.
Everything was a fingersign to the viewer. Good film sets.
There are some great actors in this film, but every direction they had was terrible.
A film has to be watchable in some degree, which means real people need real self-preservation, real reactions. The start was a slow motion, confused mess. At other times, people started singing all together randomly (taking the power of the actors away, and sense of reality). Samurai had sympathy faces much of the time instead of flat ruthless faces. Sword fights among samurai were for length & show (banging swords on swords in panic), instead of deliberate. People meeting each other was like contrived funeral proceedings each time.
Where being 'generic' is worse than being amateurish
The other reviewers are more/less right but don't technically explain anything.
The main character is hero worshipped by force (camera angle and slow motion scenes). Fight scenes show agility but nothing special and relies too much on supporting actors waiting for their turn. You have no idea why you're invested in the main character at all. They show no heart & soul - just acting tough/pretty. All talk scenes are generic bickering.
For an example of an amateurish production done right look at Mortal Kombat Conquest (series) from the 1990's. Four-five trained main actors, with everyone else being porn-star hires (big muscles & breasts). Camera angles shot from mid-far range and stayed there during fight scenes. Story. Relationships mattered (not generic bickering to fill time).. poor interactions had consequences. No music/SFX trying to force your emotions.
Ignore the cover picture. Although most scenes are about relationships/sex, nothing is obnoxious.
Camera framing, lighting, timing of outdoor/indoor scenes are the best you'll see, and is naturalistic and honest - Australian films aim for this but never reach it.
Sex scenes are upbeat and honest (not in slow motion with a skin doctor/perv cam circling) - Many sex based dramas aim for this but never reach it.
After appreciating these two things. There is a little too much sex, and not enough goals. You can't decide to "like a team and see if they win" or see how somebody's life turns out given obstacles versus their self-preservation... as most characters stare or hug & kiss each other.
There's a place for amateur Big Brother style films that get out of hand (the film "Series 7" is the best), but this is full of people acting tough/pretty, instead of being themselves.
The majority of the film is switching between an idea of restrained and unrestrained. Restrained being an old uptight couple. Unrestrained being heartless people choking and banging each other while grinning.
Generic shock & pose film but everyone holds back in faux "mystery"
There's no characters in the film. Everyone stares and pretends to be mysterious. It is impossible to like or care about anyone or the outcome of anything.... Another generic hollywood film where people pose and ask for a paycheck.
Generic "shock & pose" actors mixed with Wahlberg's permanent puppy dog face.
The start is smashed together with action but no sense of character or story so you don't care about anything that happens... After it settles down people just stare at each other and talk in slow motion tripping on power. Still zero character.
A women was written to be obnoxious about the black-white marriage, however she half did it (compared to how obnoxious people are on a regular basis in sitcoms), so the whole thing was confusing.
Sidney Poitier's character talking to his father was terrible. He claims he doesnt care what his father thinks and he doesn't own him, then he states the cliche "i'll always love you, and you're my father" slavery line (the opposite), then flips between them several more times before leaving.
Elijah Wood plays the lead detective talking to Ted Bundy, however 90% of the film is Elijah portraying an identical "stress" face, and Luke Kirby portaying the same smirk face. The camera slowly zooms in, out and rotates around both of them like a skin specialist looking for spots.
They both talk in slow motion trying to be mysterious instead of "matter of fact" and properly being & defending themselves. Ted has himself to defend, the Detective has the law & public to defend, but all you see is snails and a wildlife camera.
As film reviewers lament the lack of art in american superhero films, along comes a 100% artistic american film, with an all star cast, that's just as pretenious with the metaphor "i am god" as the superhero films were.
Could have been played seriously, but instead was a family-hate condoning cartoon
Children mistake parents sex for a violent attack on their mother and seek revenge. It would work in the 1990's with much changed direction, however in an age where 90% of porn is advertised to be violent, what this movie does is condone it, mix sex scenes with children playing, and make the children ultra violent as if it's funny. The man is then victimised like a cartoon character who only makes mistakes.
What the movie needs to do is highlight the problem by turning (once normal people) violent in the bedroom, including sick grinning, then show the effect on children outside the room and follow them as the new heros. The police can then sit them down and do word association tests about what family means, and what enemies mean...
More a deliberate play on opposites than a deliberately beautiful film
Most of the acting is believable, but Depp lacks energy in many scenes (sword fighting, and others) making him look like he's "acting cool" or one dimensional. Where you want to believe he's a real passionate guy but all you see is the same act.
The other bad aspect is the story continues to play on opposites all the way to the end, until the movie basically says "believe what you want to believe", instead of a deliberate outcome for such a passionate, driven guy.
The premise should have been a very human character from the start contrasting the mechanical twisted machines - not a tough guy walking & talking in slow motion. Every camera angle was basically the viewers face looking up/back at the hero characters painted like god... The hero god charactes fake argue in a Karpman Drama Triangle with no exit except for filling time...
It would have been better if the viewer felt more like a lonely tag along, even using mid-long shot panning as if the viewer is just looking around. A mechanical monster moves... Nic Cage says did something move? Etc...
Nearly every movie from Netflix is the same... Create a situation that would cause an argument, then have the actors lazy-argue as filler, then go to a new location.
In reality people de-escalate drama to save relationships, especially in times where you need friends, physical defence, etc. This was the main "x factor" in Resident Evil... Now never to be repeated I guess.
Mads Mikkelsen and Matt Lucas are good actors, but they're rarely seen and have bad lines. 90% of the movie are B-class actors "acting serious".
Sex is stylised as if it's romance and you should feel bad if the characters can't be with each other, but the characters are so generic/cliche you don't even bother remembering their faces.
Violence is stylised as if it's entertaining/fun (lingering, zooming). Mikkelsen does his best to show it's supposed to be quick & serious, but the B-class directing/film work won't allow it, as they glassy-eyed the whole production.
The jumbled whisper-panic music at the end speaks for the whole style of the movie...