Friday, April 14, 2017

Sci Fi Top 100, #36: "Inception" (2010)

Movie Stats:
Released 2010 (UK)
American & British, in English (minimal, translated Japanese; minimal, non-translated French)
Director - Christopher Nolan
Stars - Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, and many others

Plot Summary:
A group of people who engage in corporate espionage by extracting secrets from people in their dreams is hired to do the opposite: implant an idea in a dreamer’s mind. DiCpario stars as team leader Cobb; Gordon-Levitt as point-man Arthur; Page as dream architect Ariadne; Hardy as “forger” Eames; and Watanabe as Saito, the man who hires them.

Violence; minor gore; very minor blue language.

Bad Stuff:
I’m not a big on mind game story lines. I find them tiresome. This particular one is definitely over complicated for my taste.

It’s a slow starter. Takes a long time to set the stage and get to the point.

I hate the ending. Typically, I enjoy an open ending, but this one feels both cheap and predictable.

Good Stuff:
It’s extremely creative.

Visually, it’s quite stunning. The special effects have aged well, so it’s still nice to look at.

DiCaprio is amazing, as always. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a film of his that I thought he was bad in. Films of his that I haven’t liked? Sure. But not ones where I thought he was bad.

The Verdict:
I saw this in the theater when it first came out. I will always be grateful to it for three things (two of which are shallow, one possibly shallow): 1. JGL in formal wear. 2. It introduced me to Tom Hardy. 3. The JGL spinning hotel room fight sequence, one of my all-time favorite fight scenes. That being said, I’m not the biggest fan of this film. I think that’s largely due to #1 under bad stuff: I just don’t find “mind game” stories particularly engaging. Every TV show I’ve ever watched has to have a “mind game” episode and I always hate them. Just tell a straightforward story, please. A dream within a dream within a dream… and now you’ve lost my interest. It's not that I don’t like “Inception.” I love the visuals, the special effects, and most of the actors. I’m just not enamored with it the way many people seem to be.

I give it 3.5 stars.


Patricia said...

Stunning visuals! The movie where I said, "okay, maybe this CGI stuff is okay, after all."

Also the movie that is forever linked to my former work colleague and her abusive husband.

Scene: wedding of fellow work colleague. Abused work colleague and terrible husband were seated at table with myself and other work people. Conversation is fine, then terrible husband says something terribly demeaning to abused work colleague and all conversation stops. Awkward pause ensues.

"So," I say into the pause, "Has anyone seen Inception?"

I'm still annoyed I didn't say something to him.

balyien said...

Even if you had said something, she might have "gotten in trouble" for it later. And she might not have appreciated you acknowledging her situation. Still, I can understand why you feel bad that you didn't say anything. And now you think of it every time you think of the movie! Such a bummer. (P.S. I hope she eventually got out of the bad relationship.)