Monday, July 26, 2010
For a movie that takes place largely in the realm of dreams, Inception is shockingly devoid of imagination. Neither is it a film with much in the way of emotional resonance. Even with a cast that includes such acting heavyweights as Leonardo DeCaprio, Ellen Page, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, and Cillian Murphy, there’s nothing to any of these characters that makes us care about them. If we’re pulled into Inception at all, it’s only because we’re waiting to see what the big twist is going to be. It’s an idea in search of a movie. A great looking, technically well executed idea in search of a movie, but nothing more than that.
This is also yet another movie that clocks in at well over 2 hours without any good reason for doing so. Nolan is just being self indulgent here, and because he’s made the studio so much money with his Batman movies, no one was willing to rein him in. For me, that results in a pretty dull movie. It doesn’t take me anywhere I haven’t already been in other, better films about the mind like The Matrix, Synecdoche, New York, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, or The Fall, just to name a few. 2 out of 4 stars.