The Stainless Steel Rat (stainsteelrat) wrote,
The Stainless Steel Rat

Inception (2010). Written and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film starts with an unconscious man (Leonardo DiCaprio) washed up on a beach. He wakes up, and before we know it he is being carried into a room to face an ancient oriental looking man. The two things he is carrying are put on the table, a gun and a small metal toy. And so the story unfolds. This is the peculiar start to Inception, and sets the tone for the rest of the film. Without giving too much away, the story is based around dreams, and said story is weaved particularly well by Mr. Nolan. In fact Inception does pretty much everything well, from the strong performances, to the great effects (both physical and CG). And much as I don't like DiCaprio, his over use as much as anything else, he is reasonable in this. There are only three nits that I would pick. Firstly the casting of Ellen Page, and some of the scenes involving her, which don't feel right. Secondly, the constant use of music, which even as background got irritating. Thirdly, some of the direction and pacing; sometimes the scenes feel a little emotionless and lacking in atmosphere, and despite being exquisitely crafted, they just don't grab you (or didn't grab me). Those who love intelligent science fiction, although the bias is perhaps more on the fiction, should love this. Those who like their films simple and couldn't cope with Memento, an obvious parallel, should avoid. For me, a lover of intelligent sci-fi and originality in film, it has to be a perhaps charitable 5/5 (Superb).
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