I found this to be a disappointing movie. I understand everything in PedroPT's post, but it still seems to me that the religious themes are very superficial.. often obnoxious. The snakes & mazes were especially gimmicky.
All of the characters behaved in reckless and absurd ways. Loki lets snap judgements dictate all of his actions, breaks into basically every house in the movie, and randomly disregards possible leads while doggedly pursuing others. The police chief and him yell at each other constantly and thus encourage each other to act even more rashly (one hopes that this is not how actual police behave). Jackman's character immediately turns violent, psychopathic, and insulting at every opportunity, and worse, the movie seems to justify (or at least consider to be of ambiguous merit) vigilante torture as a means of obtaining information.
It is shocking to me that people believe this movie raises any serious moral questions or issues (whether about torture, vigilantism, or 'the individual and the institution'). As far as I can see, it does not; it has nothing significant whatever to say on these topics.
The connections between the different possibilities which Loki followed are very contrived; is there even a single piece of clue or information that they don't force to be valid and relevant at the end? Perhaps some people see that as a developed and intricate plot, but it makes me feel somewhat like rolling my eyes.
For all that the atmosphere and cinematography were praised, I was also unimpressed with them. Yes, much of it is dark, but I didn't find the use of light or darkness to be particularly meaningful. Maybe I just didn't get the style... I was hoping it would be more like the old german expressionism in use of light, but oh well. I think it would have benefited from some longer and wider shots, but I can't really pretend to know anything about cinematography.
As others, I'm a fan of Gyllenhaal, but I think it's a shame he does so many bad movies like this. His unique charisma and acting style are probably the only redeeming part of this mess.
Thoroughly enjoyed this movie! Good suspense, acting, plot etc. Highly recommended.
While this film had a lot of promise, I had a hard time getting past the overall darkness of the film. With mentions of a "War on God" and some of the pure torture found in this film, I couldn't help but wish that I hadn't went down this path placing such vivid imagery in my mind of such gruesome acts. Because of this and this alone, I can not recommend this to others though I am sure that in this day and age, many will find this as entertaining.
Halfway through the movie I was already blinking like detective Loki.
I really liked this movie. What happened in the end? Loki rescued Dover and arrested him?. I dont see why this can be a lower 7 rate movie. I watched 3 drama movies with Jake Gyllenhaal and enjoyed his performance.
strong drama with nice suspense and good acting. A little too dark maybe and too long