Edelstein on Inception: ‘Clunky and Confusing on Four Separate Levels of Reality’


In this week's issue of New York, David Edelstein breaks ranks with other critics hailing Christopher Nolan's Inception as a Kubrickian masterpiece: "The tone is so solemn I felt out of line even cracking a smile ... The attackers in Inception are anonymous, the tone flat and impersonal. It lacks the nimbleness of Spielberg’s Minority Report or the Jungian-carnival bravado of Joseph Ruben’s Dreamscape or the eerily clean lines and stylized black-suited baddies of The Matrix — or, for that matter, the off-kilter intensity of Nolan’s own Insomnia. Nolan is too literal-minded, too caught up in ticktock logistics, to make a great, untethered dream movie." [NYM]