There were several things I really liked about this film, despite being what most people would consider a low budget type of film. First, as a science fiction, it brings a very unique idea to the audience. Although the majority of the film is in the detective style of neo-noir films, the concept is a solid one. Imagine a future, where the majority of citizens are not only using, but encouraged to do so though advertising and product guarantees. Narcotics are available in every society I can think of, but very few of them have been privatized outside of the prescription drug market. There is some decent acting, and I was particularly impressed by Eliot Cowan's portrayal as the protagonist Frank Grieves; who portrayed a massive and daunting man, battling his own demons, while progressing through a series of bizarre events.
The things that most people will notice are the poorly written plot twists, and dialogue. Some of the twists that are meant to shock the audience fall quite flat during this film, or are revealed at the wrong times. Perhaps due to poor direction or writing execution, it's hard to say, but there are several scenes that make little to no sense in the overall plot. A few of the actors are new, and you can tell in the way they exchange dialogue. Yet if you can look past these scene errors and look at the overall film, I think you'll be quite pleased at the end result. I encourage more films from Justin Trefgarn and hope he keeps to the same genre. I especially enjoyed the opening of the film, which set quite a pace that I wished that the rest of the movie kept up to.
Needless to say, it's a very technically sound Sci-Fiction / Drama, but most viewers will hold it to perhaps too high a standard. An excellent first entry along the lines of 'Equilibrium' (2002).
First and foremost, this is a film made on a budget. The special effects aren't exactly ground breaking, but they're by no means terrible. The storyline on the otherhand is (IMO) excellent.
You quite often see the main characters and their affiliates dancing around the point, narrowly missing their chance to essentially conclude a film (they can be dragged out over the space of 2 hours when the problem could've been solved in half the time). This is not the case in Narcopolis. This film is a drug orientated jigsaw that keeps you guessing right until Trefgarne wants you to see the fourth and final corner piece of the plot.
As a director he manages to muscle in some really hot social topics around us today including big business, drug classification and corruption. As an actor, he manages to claw through the grit of a saturated urban scene pestered by his own demons and the responsibility of his family.
If you want lots of screen blur, 4k resolution video and a completely unbelievable story go ahead and watch/re-watch Gravity. If you would rather a realistic, entirely human and atmospheric film suitable for watching on a MON-THURS evening I would highly recommend Narcopolis.