Yakin, an Indie auteur, has chosen to foray into the action genre, and the review is interesting. How does one describe the fact that this movie is being compared to 'Inception', which, by itself, is NOT an action flick, and yes, it was unfortunately inferior to Nolan's own sophomore effort, 'Memento'.
This is one of the best action thrillers to come along (Post-Bourne), and though it has a weak Macguffin at it's core, it still manages to spin it's yarn tightly, with excellent performances all round, esp. from the background characters (staple action movie caricatures) being given ample opportunity to shine. Along the way, it takes it's plot liberally from 'Mercury Rising' (now, that would have been the apt movie to compare this one to), and after a 30-minute setup, ratchets up the action to 100, and keeps it there right until it's apt, maudlin finale. This is a step up for Statham from the disappointing 'Killer Elite' & 'Expendables'.
Pros: Pace, Plot, Performances, Screenplay, Direction.
Cons: Core Macguffin