Could've this film be made without the exposition? Yes. Could've this film still be a remarkable piece of work without it (or even better)? Probably. But this an action film at a surface level. A heist movie. This was never intended to be an artsy-schmartsy, wordless, surrealist motion picture. Nolan wanted to make an intelligent action movie. And in action/heist movies you by default require exposition to make any sense of what is happening. The story we experience is told objectively. There is no pretense of it being surrealistic gobbledygook. The real meat of the movie is underneath what we see or are told by the characters. It's all the little details and implications that are never explained. All of the surface level stuff, exposition, action, what have you, is there to inform and entertain us. It's not what makes this movie. It's what keeps this movie's premise together.
This 2010 contemporary sci-fi actioner follows a subconscious security team around the globe and into the intimate and infinite world of dreams.
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