Inception (Nolan, 2010)

Pluses: Marion Cotillard. The pleasing joinder of emotion, logic, and plot in Cobb’s revelation that he knows inception works. Edith Piaf. The Gordon-Levitt fight scene in the revolving hotel corridor, for which it turns out Nolan had a set built into the shell of an airliner and literally spun it round and round. Minuses: the expectation that the folding city would provoke awe (it looked like CGI, and anything that looks like CGI cannot provoke awe). Three acts of exposition. The cheap shot ending. Above all, the dreamworlds’ lack of dreaminess.

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