Teen romance plus post-apocalypse ruin porn plus science fiction plus pretty people plus cool soundtrack. What's not to like? Well, all the things complained about in the NYT review, which is pretty much on target on the weaknesses.
One more dimension: The theme of both movie and book is individualism. That nets bonus points from me but probably means points off at the NYT.
Recommended if the you give enough bonus points for ruin porn and individualism.
Bonus aside: a key problem facing the director is how to make the "El" (short for "elevated railway") in Chicago look more post-apocalyptic than it already does. This is accomplished by removing most of the seats and adopting a darker color scheme.
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