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It is also a stunning emblem of our delusional, self-aggrandizing, fake-it-till-you-make-it times, a cautionary tale of the tech era and the insidious culture it has created of would-be legends and short-lived genius.
Gibney stops short of exploring the what-ifs, preferring to examine Holmes as she is, and not as she might have been, but asking some of these questions might have made his latest effort even more compelling.
What lingers most, though, are the closeups of Holmes herself, her unblinking gaze staring back at us, as if even now, and despite all the evidence, she still can't tell the difference between a bona-fide dream and the peril of self-delusion.
Holmes' undented belief in her mission is embodied in her odd, unblinking gaze. Our fascination with this eerie disconnect -- this bright blue gap between truth and deception -- is why we keep meeting that gaze. In The Inventor, it's hard to look away.
This documentary has all the makings of an engaging thriller: maverick protagonist on a seemingly noble mission, influential figures and human fallout. But it lacks pace...the story is serious, but it could have been told with a lighter touch.