The over-arching narrative could be read through any number of lenses; but in and above all of them is a dynamic of hope and fear. The two are held intelligently in dialectic over the course of nearly three hours.
Christopher Nolan has all but removed a moral framework from Inception – not to the point where we could ascribe to the film an ethical nihilism, but it seems to exist at least in some kind of moral vacuum.
The characters are so convincingly rendered that the events that follow make perfect sense. The plot races ahead at a thrilling pace, unwilling to condescend to the audience or waste precious storytelling time. And all this culminates in what is essentially a spectacular morality tale.
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