youre just being a movie snob.
inecption was not "just a pure action movie". it was as deep and thought-out as nolan's other movies, it just had the budget and means to have big set pieces and sequences like a "pure action movie".
if you haven't noticed, each of Nolan's movies have been progressively bigger and bigger. to me, that's a wonderful sign that each movie he does, he's learning some new technique and getting experience with bigger set pieces to bring to his next movie.
but i have not seen a drop in quality.
inception has great character development. i think Cobb was a very well developed character. you really feel bad for him when Mal kills herself and you really want him to reunite with his kids. the best part of that movie is the ending.
is it a dream? is it real?... truth of the matter is, it doesn't matter b/c you get to see Cobb back with his kids (which is all you really want for the guy after everything he goes through). then you realize.... Cobb doesn't care whether its a dream or real either. wait a minute.... in a sense... Cobb is YOU.
much deeper than "a pure action movie"
lol wtf, how is cobb me???
i couldn't give less a fuck if he finally sees his children... they were in the movie for about 2 minutes, you can barely see their faces and you think that's a great story?
it's the same in prestige: if you think it's about seeing his daughter you're missing the whole point. the child is just a catch in the story for the average viewer, nolan could have replaced it with everything (there's a name for such things, but i forgot).
well i could see a drop (a big one) in the quality of the story. the movie didn't really leave up questions for me, i just didn't care at the end. this shows me there a parts in the story, nolan didn't think far enough. i been amazed in all his earlier works, just not in this one. i think it's cause he was the only writer of inception.
a bigger movie doesn't mean it has more quality in the story...
if you ever dreamed in your life, you would know that the movie really didn't showed the dreams well. dreams are way more complex, blurry and incomplete (i didn't even really get how it worked with the machine in the movie tho). it's so fuckin hard to imitate dreams, and nolan just didn't good.
the best part watching the movie wasn't part of the movie for me. when i watched it in cinema a viewer was sleeping during the whole movie -> that's what genius! kinda interactive movies, playing with audience. that's what really leaved up the questions to me "do i really exist watching this movie? how did i come to the cinema? ...". i would love to see more such movies in cinema.
it's not a bad thing to just entertain the viewer. it's just not my thing... i like to getting crazy after watching a movie.