This is not a movie you are just going to sit down and watch casually. You won't want to this watch with a group of friends. It's the kind of movie you get assigned as part of some English assignment. It's not just because it's highly gratuitous; with large amounts of pornographic scenes, gratuitous violence, and even a close up of someone's 2-coiler. It's one of those David Lynch style films. This is loaded with bizarre events, impossible creatures and fantastical elements. What's metaphor, what's a dream, what's real, are all questions you are going to be wondering, and will likely never get answered.
It's a weird mix of murder mystery, supernaturalism and film noir. Think Donnie Darko meets Pans Labyrinth meets Chinatown. There are so many simultaneous plot threads and randomly introduced characters it's hard to grab on to anything tangible in this schizophrenic tale. In this 2.5 hour stemwinder the major plot point includes a dog serial-killer, a killer half-lady-half-owl, dead billionaire with 3 dead hookers, secret codes hidden in records, and a huge bunker built underneath Hollywood. Tantalizing stuff, if only any of it reached a satisfying conclusion. I don't need everything explained, but some sort of closure on anything would have really helped this, and if nothing else a shorter run time.