Is This Supposed To Be Like Drive?
The opening scenes aren't meant to provide a connect-the-dots explanation of what's going on; we're meant to put the pieces together. After 20 minutes of silence from the movie's main character (Farrell), it's easy to lose patience and find fault in the work of the director. Neo-noir is a delicate skill that some have mastered and others have not.
It's not that the film is overly obscure; it's just that it tries to set a pace without establishing a drive.