Finally had time to watch this enjoyable project that has a lot of time dedicated to it, which shows!
First of all, the soundwork in this is absolutely top notch. Bestmarks and fxhome oscar nomination for that man. Crisp recording, perfect mixing, attention to detail and mood. Everything you could wish for in sound is there. Excellent, excellent, excellent.
Props and costumes are also excellent and do their job really well.
Same goes for the camerawork. Imaginative angles, good sense for movement and mixture of static and energetic shots - one of the few times I didn't feel the movement was just added because paul greengrass and tony scott do it too, but each and every movement served a clear storytelling purpose and was well executed. Kudos!
Acting was good for the most part - unfortunately, the main woman wasn't that good for me and she had a large part.
There are however, some areas I pesonally felt could be improved. Mainly the editing. The buildup was nicely executed, but ultimately, for my tastes, way too slow. The film doesn't really have a proper "story", at least not one I noticed. Guy goes in, guys go after him, kill him, done. Does the trick for a cool action sequence, but not for a story with character development or such.
While the slow buildup was interesting in the beginning and kept me going, you lost me somewhere in the middle when the crew was still moving around slowly. I personally felt that the film could have lost 1 or 2 minutes in much tighter editing and improve much. I had that feeling first time in some of the dialogue sequences at the beginning: There was a pause after pretty much... every... line... Some had dramatic reason to be there, most didn't. And I had that feelingmuch more apparent in the last 3rd of the movie, where I actually pressed the fast forward button - which gave it a much more fitting pace and I didn't miss anything as the shots were rather slowly executed. The fight scene was the same for me. Brilliant soundwork, geat choreography, but the editing was too loose and it looked rehearsed.
I really feel that a lot of shots could loose up to 30% of their length and you wouldn't lose any important info, but gain pace.
A small detail is the ending, which felt incredibly flat and really disappointed me after such a buildup. He's dead, I didn't even see it, she smiles, fade to black... Seriously? Come on. That's not satisfying for such a tense intro.
The pace was my only real downside of the film, but it is a quite major one really. It's what makes me consider the 4 stars instead of the 5 star-feeling the other technicals like sound, camerawork etc evoked. And frankly, it pulls it down to that level for me. Which is a shame. I think this could be fixed quite easy.
I'd recommend you go over the film again and get rid of at least to 2 minutes. A few seconds here, a few there. I would bet the film would gain a lot from it. As the rest is top notch work!
Hope that helps. Looking forward to your next piece of work man!