This film is a tad too cute, a tad too clever, a tad too arch, a tad too self conscious for its own good, but it’s a LOT of fun. Post-modern seems to be passé term these days, but this would certainly fit the bill with its self-referential storyline and constant breaking of the 4th wall. Robert Downey Jr, who I like a lot as an actor, is perfect for the lead.
But if you ain’t into the tropes of Hollywood noir, you’ll probably find it boring and confusing. Even then, you might find yourself scratching your head. Don’t fret, just sit back and enjoy the ride. It’s dark and violent but has its share of humor too. The Russian roulette scene made me laugh out loud (which feels really weird when you’re sitting alone in the dark).