The technology is inspiring and aesthetically compelling.
But the story? Way too much exposition. “Wait—whose subconscious are we going into, exactly?”
And that pesky, little people of color problem. The great Ken Watanabe this time playing a wealthy mogul. Another disposable man of color who sacrifices everything for a young ishwhite man who lies to him, etc. Despite a promising beginning, the character of (Dileep Rao) vanishes for much of the movie.
And the film doesn’t have much of a heart. The love story feels like a leftover from the horror film the movie was once intended to be. And the core battle between two energy companies is so sketchy that it feels weightless, not to mention ill timed with the BP spill.