* AnticlimaxBoss: The epic battle between Preston and Brandt... [[SingleStrokeBattle isn't]].
* {{Anvilicious}}: The use of emotion controlling drugs in this Dystopia.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** Some people say Brandt is obviously ''off'' his meds, because of his pleased smile throughout the movie. Others say he's obviously ''on'' a full dose, and [[SlasherSmile his smile is as meaningless and menacing as a shark's]].
** The man who tests Preston for emotion also utters "Oh shit!" before Preston kills the guards in the room, as do many of guards in the Nethers who utter "Oh fuck!" when Preston unleashes on them.
** There could also be an interpretation akin to the RPG ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}},'' where ''none'' of the characters are on the meds, and some hide it better than others.
** It's possible even a person taking the meds can feel the smallest amount of emotion, and the emotions being shown by Brandt and the others is just more extreme emotions "leaking out".
* CompleteMonster: [[EvilChancellor Vice Council DuPont]] is the second-in-command of the Librian state under its founder [[ShadowDictator Father]]. He presides over a totalitarian system in which all human emotions are forbidden and suppressed with a drug called Prozium. Any "[[{{Thoughtcrime}} sense offenders]]" who are caught by the elite [[SecretPolice Tetragrammaton Order]] are punished with immediate processing and incineration. [=DuPont=] executes a plan to destroy the anti-Librian Resistance once and for all by manipulating one of the Clerics to become a sense offender and deliver the Resistance and himself to [=DuPont=] on a silver platter for mass execution. This would normally make [=DuPont=] another totalitarian agent, but it's eventually discovered that Father has long since died and [=DuPont=] is in fact [[TheManBehindTheMan the real undisputed dictator of Libria]]. Moreover, he's a sense offender who [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem considers himself to be above his own rules]], freely indulging in art and literature behind the scenes. Unlike Father, who [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans genuinely believed that he was creating a utopian society]], [=DuPont=] has the moral conscience to understand the immorality of his actions, yet he knowingly and purposefully abuses the system [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans simply to secure his own power]] by oppressing millions and slaughtering thousands for a crime he (and his [[TheDragon Dragon]], Brandt) [[StrawHypocrite commit all the time]].
* CriticalDissonance: This film has a 37% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but has a score of 7.6 out of 10 on IMDB.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: This movie apparently made quite an impact on Japanese pop culture ([[SarcasmMode if only we could]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honne_and_tatemae understand why...]]), if the numerous references to it in media produced there say anything. Works as diverse as ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'', ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'', ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', ''Manga/{{Sabagebu}}'', ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'', and ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'' are among those that make some kind of ShoutOut to this film.
* HilariousInHindsight: [[Creator/ChristianBale Bat]][[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy man]] shot [[Creator/SeanBean Ned]] [[Series/GameOfThrones Stark]]! Which is more hilarious that Batman talked to [[Creator/JackGleeson that kid]] in the Narrows who ended up being responsible for Ned Stark's death.
%%* HoYay: Preston and Brandt.
%%* {{HSQ}}: Quite high.
* JerkassWoobie: Mary O' Brien, who comes off as overemotional. She is so unstable and violent that the Tetragrammaton Council may have a point about emotions being dangerous.
* JustHereForGodzilla: Hands up, who watched this movie just for the GunKata scenes?
* {{Narm}}: The opening scene when the Mona Lisa is burned. It had to be the best-known painting in the world to make sure even the LowestCommonDenominator would catch the "drama."
** The scene where Brandt catches Preston [[ManlyTears weeping]] [[WhatAnIdiot outside in a public area]] in a world where emotions are forbidden.
--> "[[InvincibleHero This man]][[DramaticPause ...this senior Cleric...]][[SeriousBusiness has ceased the dose!]] '''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment He is feeling!!!]]''' [[LargeHam He is the WORM that has been EATING at the CORE of our great society!]] [[CaptainObvious And I...]] '''[[ChewingTheScenery I HAVE BROUGHT HIM FOR YOUR JUSTICE!!!]]'''"
** [[spoiler:Brandt]]'s '''[[SpecialEffectsFailure CGI face]]''' on the floor after his CleanCut.
** Preston's HeelFaceTurn moment where he discovers emotion. It's supposed to be a very moving scene, but Bale's [[DistractedByTheSexy well-oiled muscular physique is a little distracting]].
** All hail Creator/ChristianBale, saviour of puppies!
* SmallReferencePools:
** They're burning a painting? Make it the ([[FridgeLogic original]]) Mona Lisa! Man stumbles for the first time on music? The Ninth Symphony! Just imagine how the movie would've progressed if he'd found a Music/PhilipGlass record instead.
** Averted with "He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven", the Yeats poem Partridge reads. The common reference for Yeats would be "The Second Coming".
* SpecialEffectsFailure: [[spoiler:The face-cutting scene]] looks as believable as some early Flash[=/=]CGI animation. Worse, if you look closely when Preston leaves the room, you can actually see [[spoiler: Brandt's face]] on the floor; it's clearly a photo printed on a piece of paper. [[spoiler:(Also, in the photo, he's smiling).]]
* VindicatedByHistory: Was not especially well-received upon its initial release, garnering generally unfavorable reviews and failing to make a dent at the box office. Years later, especially in the wake of the recent surge in popularity of [[{{Dystopia}} Dystopian]] fiction thanks to stories like ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', the film is much more popular, with its GunKata in particular being imitated by countless shows and video games. It also started getting more recognition from [[PeripheryDemographic anime fans]] around ten years after its release after Creator/GenUrobuchi became a big name in the industry as he happens to be a ''huge'' fan of this movie, to the point that its influence can be seen in several of his most famous works such as ''Anime/PsychoPass'' and ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica.''
%%* WhatAnIdiot