The plot was awesome, the suspense was intense, the acting was flawless, but what sets this film apart from others is that this movie has, without a doubt, the BEST cinematography i've ever seen. If it doesnt win at least the Oscar for cinematography this year, they'd be robbed.
Nearly all the edge-of-seat suspensful scenes (and this movie has a lot of them) are shot in one continuous single camera action. The road ambush scene, the 'escape from the farm' scene, and of course, the 15+minute long war scene at the end. wow. it honestly put goose bumps on top of my goose bumps. it felt like I was there. I caught myself ducking at the sound of bullets, and when tank shells went off in the next room, I nearly jumped. I mean, if that is not the ultimate achievement in cinematography, I dont know what is.
and the symbolisms in this movie. damn, there's so much beneath the surface. so damn much. notice the little things, like the nuke going off in New York that just flashes so quickly at the beginning. notice the 'Homeland Security'. notice the fact that the hero never holds or uses a gun at anytime throught the movie. notice how the anti-government rebels are just as corrupt and bad for society as the military-state government. notice the parallels between this movie and current pushes by governments around the world that try to control refugees/immigration. above all, this film's deeper message is to leave the racist/fascist/war-loving/polluting/greedy world of today behind, and think of our children and our future generations.