Never read the book.
Saw it with a whole group of friends here in Prague. The screenings were packed all day like it was some big franchise movie! I thought it bombed in USA, but I guess Europeans are more receptive to such a movie that balances artiness with commercial. This movie was an event. The levels of Inception, where you're still talking about it long after you've left the cinema.
So much to take away from it. Would gladly watch it again. As days go, I come away with new things like the visual symphony angle.
It was so complex, beautiful, unique, funny, intense, and meaningful. Everyone was laughing during the geriatric mental house parts. The near-western language in post-apolycaptic world was cool to figure out. Some of the best editing/transitions I've ever seen. Ridiculous ambition mixing all genres of movies.
The theme of leaving a positive mark on future generations, how a revolution will have sacrifices and the good consequences won't be immediate until many years later.
"Our lives are not our own, we are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future."