time travel stories are much better when they actively refuse to make sense and are aggressively hostile to any reading that tries to make sense of them. who gives a shit how time travel actually works? i'm not 12!

it doesn't like the rich, but I don't feel it had anything to say about that. and it likes heroic military imagery even if it's not literally the military. make of that what you will.

feels abusive rather than insightful to say this, but Nolan continues to be at once insufferably bleeding-heart and completely sterile. characters recite Wikipedia summaries of soap opera bullshit at one another. this, more than all the exposition, is the actual problem.

the structural conceit is neat, and it looks cool - but only 20% as cool as it thinks it looks. the scenes that aren't doing A Time-Travel Thing are mostly unremarkable.

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