Thursday, August 26, 2010

Inception? More Like Insipid.

This image stolen from Kotaku’s “Bored to Death” Photoshop Contest will sum up this review rather neatly. rawksteady

If it is not readily apparent from the poignant photo to the left, then allow me to spell it out in text. Inception was bad, not good, boring, and unoriginal. I do not have a lot to say about the film other than it seemed an uninspired, thinly veiled rip off of The Matrix. (apparently I am not the first to make the Matrix comparison, that to me proves the validity of the statement)

Conceptually it was interesting, NOT original. Stylistically it was decent, but with this premise so much more could have been done. I am a person that feels like if a movie sucks in every other way, it can still be amazing if it is visually stunning, *cough* Avatar *cough*. While Inception had the opportunity to blow the viewers mind, it did not push any limits with it cinematography, it felt bland and rehashed. Again, I feel the same way with the plotting of the story. So much more could have been done. Maybe the massive marketing budget (which is what makes most people think this film was amazing) could have been slashed to fund another couple rewrites and actually make the film amazing. The story was slow, and it did not take advantage of the neat “dream within a dream” concept to create suspense. I was never once confused as to whether a character was in a dream or not *SPOILER* until the predictable ending snuck up on me like a bull with bells on.

Inception was an M. Night Shyamalan style film. Something that sounds really cool in concept, and in the end is more hype then execution. I could say so much more, but I do not want to spend a lot of time being a hater on this blog.

So conceptually cool, but unoriginal.

Stylistically pretty good, somewhat lacking.

Poorly written and directed.

The cast, however, did a very good job. While no one person knocked my socks off they all turned in strong performances, especially DiCaprio and JGL.


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