What is the deal with all the buzz surrounding the movie Inception? Was it really that great? Why are people so enamored with it? It kind of reminded me of The Matrix, only with dreams. I didn’t like the base concept that you could actually implant a thought into someone’s mind if you deep enough into their dream worlds. I can’t see how that would even be possible, not to mention that you can even invade people’s dreams. Not only that, the whole notion that Leonardo DiCaprio’s character was helping some cutthroat businessman gain a monopoly just so he could go home and see his children was not very enlightened in the least and seemed rather immoral. What he was being “paid” to do was go into the head of the heir to another company that was a rival of this Japanese guy’s company and implant the idea to gut the company now that his father is dead. That would leave Mr. Japanese with a complete monopoly or at least close to it.
There were a lot of stupid rules in this film. They took some kind of sedative where now if they died in the dream, they would get stuck in what they called “limbo,” which is 4 levels down from what I understand. Why? I don’t know. There was no reasoning given for this. We all know that no matter how deep in levels we dream, if you die in a dream, you simply wake up, even if you’ve taken whatever sedative ingested. Not only that, but they were in this guy’s dreams. They were asleep as well, but they were invading his dreams somehow in order to persuade him into changing his mind about his father’s company. There were tons of dream rules that had no basis in reality or even dream reality, but there were some that could be possible in a dream.
One such example is that the deeper you go in levels (i.e. dreams within dreams), the more time passes in relation to real time. I can see that as being possible. The fact that you can manipulate dreams to fit what you want is also possible through lucid dreaming. But it wasn’t even their dream to be shaping. That is probably why they couldn’t change the physics when they went into that guy’s dream. I just want to say that it was an interesting concept, but it left too many holes in it. It was a decent movie, but it was way too convoluted and fast-paced to truly leave a mark on me. People have said you have to see it multiple times to really get it, but it seems like I wouldn’t need to do that because a good portion of the movie just didn’t make sense to me. I’ve been a longtime admirer of Christopher Nolan and his works, Memento and The Dark Knight being two of my favorite movies. But this one just didn’t live up to the hype.
I didn’t even go see The Dark Knight when it came out, even though people were raving about it. When I finally did see it, I was blown away. In 2004, I saw Memento for the first time and was enamored and captivated by the unique presentation and story. Even Nolan’s The Prestige was an excellent movie about 2 rival magicians in the 1800s. He’s had blockbuster hits and the majority of his movies are well-received and unique, as was Inception. But for some reason, it just didn’t seem as fantastic as some of his other movies. I don’t know. It just didn’t resonate with me in the same way as Memento did. Memento had the subtlety and was very psychological in nature, as was The Dark Knight. I didn’t find Leonardo DiCaprio’s acting to be in any way interesting enough to play the part of lead role in this movie. To me, it was your typical summer action movie with a dream twist. Maybe I just don’t like movies anymore. I don’t know. I’m just not into them, unless they are my type of movie.
It seems stupid to devote a whole blog post to a movie review because movies are nothing more than idle entertainment for the most part. There have been some movies that have changed me, but not many. For the most part, they are forgetful and just another way to waste away our lives. Even when I see movies that are supposedly considered the best of all time, at the end I’m thinking, “”That was it? That was it?” Not to say that I don’t have my favorites. But most movies just fall drastically short. Here’s an incomplete list of some of my favorite movies and I’ll see if I can find a common theme:
- The Dark Knight
- Fight Club
- American Beauty
- The Usual Suspects
- Office Space
- Dumb and Dumber
- The Prestige
- Catch Me if You Can
- Shawshank Redemption
- American Psycho
- Mystic River
- The Hangover
- Runaway Jury
- National Treasure
This is by no means a complete list. But these are some of the movies that I enjoyed. If that gives a clue to the kind of movies I enjoy, then so be it. I just like movies that are either truly funny and witty, or movies that truly make me think. Inception made me think, but think that the plot was ridiculous. I’m sorry, but that’s just how it is. I would rather watch a movie in which this reality is a dream then watch a movie where people have adventures in their dreams so that they can go see their kids in real life. Come on, people. And it never even tells us if the heir to that company guts it. It doesn’t prove success or failure, except in the dream. And how many people believe their dreams three levels deep? And I’m willing to bet if the subconscious is down there, it is at least 100 levels deep, or more, so it just did not resonate with me. Here I go again, critiquing the movie everyone seems to love.
In case you didn’t know, they are making The Hangover 2. I don’t think it will be as good, but I think I’ll go and see that, if only because of my love for the comedian Zach Galifiniakis. Funny, funny guy. I’ve been watching him for years. I guess what I learned from seeing this movie is that most movies that everyone likes I probably won’t like as much and the undiscovered gems that do poorly at the box office and later become cult classics are the movies I most enjoy. There are exceptions to these rules, but for the most part, I’ll stick with the more interesting and obscure movies that are truly trying to make a profound statement, unless I get an intuitive ping to go see a blockbuster hit. Anyway, have a nice day and I hope you enjoyed that movie more than I did. Not to say that it was horrible, just that it wasn’t as captivating as I thought it was going to be. And that’s okay.
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