The film, unfortunately, doesn't live up to the promises of its premise, but the notion of what happens to humanity as it begins to intersect more and more with technology is so potent that I feel an examination of what director Wally Pfister did right and wrong in exploring the concept is still worthwhile.
The audience is delighted with a masterful set that leaves you as much attuned to what's going on in front of you as wondering how they can be pulling it all off behind the scenes. The set rotates and twirls, landing on different settings with new characters appearing. There's always a surprise around the corner.
An awkwardly insecure girl from the tenements of New York is forced, by societal conditions and a lack of viable options, into marriage to her boss; motherhood; and such continued repression that she finally takes matters into her own hands--mighty pretty hands, all the men tell her--and brutally murders her husband.