Having recently seen both Zentropa and the Element of Crime, I must say that I slightly prefer the Element of Crime (though Zentropa should not be missed). In fact, it is one of the finest movies that I've rented this year. This being said, I would not recommend it to everyone. The affect of the film is muted, cold, and damp. Water spills over everything. It is perpetually night. There is a sense of exhaustion and of failed eschatology. The world of Europe has ended in a wet whimper. Every character in the film is damaged, disaffected, and alienated. This is not a fast paced film, nor a "feel good" film with a message we can comfortably take away. The imagery, however, is unforgettable. The sepia and bright green are at times hypnotic, at other times the colors of nightmare. The overall effect is profoundly disturbing. It reminded me, at various moments, of Beckett, Tarkovsky, Greenaway, and Lynch. If this sounds good, you might like the movie. Not, however, for fans of the oeuvre of James Cameron or Robert Zemeckis. I fear it is not something made for those cursed with short attention spans.