Another Netflix suggestion – I would love this movie because, after all, I loved 12 Monkey. Well, stinking suggestion engine, the only thing the two movies seem to have in common is a fondness for naked males, otherwise they couldn't be any farther from each other.
I had the first inkling of catastrophe when I read "Written and directed by Andrew Niccol". Movies written and directed by someone frequently have this crusading tone, and the mixture of crusade and science fiction is usually lethal.
That's exactly what's going on here. The movie, a mere ten years old, is already behind on most innovations, such that instead of being in the "not so distant future," it already looks antiquated.