This is a B-movie with a star performance by Anthony Hopkins. It is in the vein, stylistically, as "The Exorcist" and "The Omen." It has its theme in common with the former and it approaches the atmosphere of the latter, though it does match either in quality. However, it eschews gore in favor of character and is more effective because of it. Anthony Hopkins is emmensely entertaining.
Worthy of bearing Sam Peckinpah's legendary name.
The storyline is complex, though some call it convoluted. Either way, it makes you think. Some scenes do get a bit frustrating, and leave you wondering what is going on, but they always lead to satisfactory conclusions/explanations--"the ends justify the means."
The movie's action scenes often include repeated shots and odd camera angles, which make them seem almost surreal. I attribute this odd effect more to sloppy editing than I do ingenuity, but I think it's effective nonetheless.
In summation: The Osterman Weekend is an intelligent, competently-made thriller; not perfect by any means, but certainly undeserving of the negativity and neglect it's accumulated over the years.
Blade Runner never clamours for your attention. It dazzles, but not with bombast. There are space ships and shoot-outs, but they are there to establish the tone more than to drive the plot.
This movie should be the template for any directors trying to make a film based on comic books/superheroes. Forget all about the Tim Burton version (although Jack Nicholson was great) after seeing this one!