I was initially excited about Inception because I like almost all of the actors in it. I enjoy nearly all of Leonardo DiCaprio movies. We also have Joseph Gordon-Levitt of 500 Days of Summer fame, and Ellen Page, who played Juno, one of my favorite movies.
Though I am not usually wild about movies that are not based in reality, I decided to see Inception because of these actors and the outstanding early reviews (Inception got a 9.2 out of 10 on IMDB from about 100,000 viewers). Could 100,000 people be wrong?
Now, people who loved it-all 100,000 of you–will say, “You just didn’t get it.” Yes I did. It took a reasonably clever premise-stealing secrets by entering dreams-and butchered it into senselessness.
The idea of Inception tries to take the “entering dreams” concept to a new level: putting thoughts into people’s heads. However, since this can’t be done on a conscious level-the dreamer has to believe the idea is theirs–you apparently have to go 3 levels deep: a dream within a dream within a dream.
With Inception, that is what you get. 4 movies in one, all of them based on this idea of putting an idea-in this case the break up of a company (so exciting!)-into someone’s head.
For me, the first movie-reality (or was it?)-was interesting at first. This movie engages us with the idea of entering people’s dreams. Movie 2 is the dream; movie 3 is the dream within the dream; movie 4 is the dream within the dream within the dream. Movies 2-4 are mediocre at best.
In today’s economy, 4 movies for the price of one doesn’t seem like a bad idea.
But, in actuality, 4 bad movies is just a waste of time.
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