Sometimes all the elements are there but the glue of a plot fails to hold them in place.
We’ve got some fine actors, cool ideas, great production value, haunting music…and yet there is no real reason to care about anything going on. This is the kind of plot that takes a couple seconds to explain but hours and hours to unfold. We’ve got a cool and calculating hitman (played very enjoyably by Stephen McHattie) with a spring in his step and a gleam in his eye doing missions for a mobster.
That’s basically all we get. Weird characters step in. Dream sequences arrive. Some sequences are of completely different tonal values, verging on broad satire one moment then plunging into grisly violence the next. It’s all over the place. This shouldn’t make it boring but since we never get let into the way this world or these people work we’re left on the outskirts watching a bunch of seemingly randomized elements clash and drift.
If you want to watch a movie that feels like a dream, this is an example, but there’s better examples out there and as a crime/noir tale it’s too convoluted to follow without guesswork and painful focus on detail. Unique doesn’t always mean good.