Inception is a movie about dreams and dreams within dreams. Leonardo DiCaprio’s expertise is entering other people’s dreams for various purposes.
This is a movie that echoes in your brain and really sticks with you after you have seen it, almost like a real experience that you had. The question of what is reality and what is a dream is an is called into question in the film. There is some very cerebral and psychological subject matter involved here. The ground rules that the movie sets up to introduce you to the business of entering dreams are very well laid out. The pitfalls you must avoid and the clever tools & correct mindset you must use to navigate the world of a dream.
The cinematography is breathtaking, surreal and beautiful at the same time. The acting is very well done but the movie feels a little detached. It doesn’t really have a lot of time to get you emotionally involved with the characters as it spends lots of time helping you decipher exactly what is going on and laying out some mysteries for you to solve along the way. It takes some serious concentration to keep from getting lost and losing track of what is happening. It is a tough feat, visualizing abstract ideas and the inner workings of the mind, but this movie does it very well and with great style. One serious flaw of the film are the action sequences. Watching them, I couldn’t help but feel that the filmmakers were scared that if they didn’t put in enough action, the audience would get bored. I can see the usefulness of the action and battle scenes as a visual analogy for what is happening inside a person’s brain, but some of the scenes just drag on & on. This results in action scenes that become increasingly boring, most notably during a battle on snow covered mountaintops. You could easily cut about 20 minutes out of this movie and have a better film.
Still, this is a very good movie, with above average ideas for the thinking moviegoer. Along with some stunning visuals. Even though the ending is pretty self-explanatory, this is a movie that you will absolutely want to see more than once. I know I want to see it again to examine clues and details that could help my complete understanding of everything that happened. Knowing what I know now, I would enjoy watching it from a different point of view.
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