If anybody finds out the answer to this please let me know. This film was clearly better when it was shown at Cannes. It is obvious that it got cut to shreds and it still damned good. Must have been great originally, despite what the critics said.
The graphic novel IS half the movie. I don't know why no one mentions this, the movie was originally supposed to be a very intricate "interactive" experience, with 9 volumes of the graphic novel that would lead directly into the movie.
Instead, we got 3 volumes (which was fine) detailing everything that happened up until the movie begins: Fortunio finding Boxer in the desert, meeting Krysta at a bar, planning together how to get money out of amnesiac Boxer, huge tracts of the script that Krysta (not Boxer) wrote under the influence of Westphalen...on and on.
Even the Killers' song that Justin Timberlake lipsynchs has much more meaning when you realize how the song links the characters from Iraq together.
If you truly want to understand the movie and really get all the connections, pick up the graphic novel, and read and watch the movie together to get the whole picture.
Thanks for the info, appreciate it. I knew about this movie for a while, but didn't see it until recently. And I didn't know there was a graphic novel till even later. While I don't think it's as good as Darko...I do think it's a challenging movie. I just really felt it was more ambiguous than even the director had intended. I'd love to see the graphic novels incorporated into a directors cut.
Excellent point, this is so true. It is very possible in fact that there would be a lot more positive reviews on here had people read the graphic novels first. That's why this film starts at Part IV , in case people were wondering why it says that at the beginning of the film, you have to read Parts 1 threw 3 of the graphic novels first to understand the film completely.