Thursday, July 29, 2010

Film Review: "Inception"

If you disbelieve your own premise so much that you spend the first hour of the film explaining it to the audience, please just don't make the damned movie.

8 comments:

  1. Haven't seen it yet, but from the reviews I've read it's a love it or hate it with no middle ground.

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  2. You either go to enjoy the action and CGI with your rational brain unplugged, or you hate it because it's a senseless hash; that's my take.

    There was too much exposition (I'm serious; the first half of the film has a lot of people standing around explaining stuff that doesn't require explanations) and a lot of it contradicted itself or just made no fucking sense whatsoever. "Buy the premise, buy the bit." It's that simple. Just tell the story and either the audience is with you or they're not. Also, there were no surprises. The "reveals" were all telegraphed from early on, and so the director ended up just trying for confusion because there's no real suspense. Nothing really ever seemed at stake for anyone, and the outcome didn't really seem to matter.

    I'm sure this is an attempt to do something like "The Matrix," but it's predictable and incoherant and nowhere as good as "The Matrix."

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  3. I don't know why, but your hating of the movie makes me want to see it. I liked the Matrix. Then, the sequel was so bad it made me dislike the original somehow. That took a lot of talent.

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  4. That's just your contrary nature, Malasarn! I liked "The Matrix," and I like "Memento," which was the first film made by the director of "Inception." But this new film is just a mess. The suits are nice, though.

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  5. I'm dying to see this because I told my family what you thought and they all jumped on my like a pack full of dogs. NOBODY CAN DISLIKE THAT MOVIE! Haha. Guaranteed I'll dislike it if that's confusing and expositional. I hate stuff that tries to pull itself off as BRILLIANT when it's really just freaking confusing and not well done - covered up by pretty CG. Please.

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  6. I went to see this movie this weekend. The first half was dumb, and much of the second half was dumb. But, there was one storyline that I liked, and it sort of saved the movie for me.

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  7. Michelle: Have you seen it yet? I think that a lot of the "coolness" of this film is a mistaken belief that, because it's essentially incomprehensible nonsense, it's "complex" and takes a lot of thought to figure out. Which is a good sales job on the part of the producers, turning sloppy mess into the idea of philosophical depth.

    Davin: I liked the son of the rich guy's story, and wanted to see how that turned out. I didn't so much care about the protagonist.

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  8. I haven't seen it yet, no. I probably won't see it until it goes to RedBox. We never go see movies anymore. Too hard to get a babysitter.

    And I agree with you on the complex crap. I'm afraid many of my friends get sucked into that and there's no way for me to convince them that I'm right and they're wrong because then I end up getting sucked into the "oh, maybe I'm too dumb to figure it out..." trap. What a mess. I'd like to avoid the movie all together.

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