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Inception (2010)

it took me about half an hour to get into the story, and then i liked it well enough, but after thinking about it for a couple of days i think i've decided that it's not as successful as it could have been for a few different reasons.

first off, this is the only movie in which i've seen leonardo dicaprio act, and i have to say that he's not very convincing of an actor. he got *most* of it right, but all throughout the movie i ended up finding myself distracted by him in the same way that i get distracted by typos/errors found in books or blogs or in the same way i get distracted by poorly written scripts passing off as well written ones.

secondly, although i felt that the movie was pretty thoughtfully conceived and had some pretty fantastic moments and concepts, many of those moments other than That Action Scene ended up feeling half-assed. The question of whether or not there was another level of dream was touched upon in a very surface level way. The action scenes other than That One felt pretty generic. The emotions and motivations behind the characters' actions throughout the movie other than Dicaprio's was on shaky ground, and Dicaprio's was so bludgeon-over-the-head and simple amidst that which was meant to be complex that it felt out of place.

all of it was subtle. it's not like it failed miserably, it just didn't succeed extraordinarily. I definitely place it above The Matrix overall, but that's not hard because while The Matrix had some pretty innovative fight scenes that played upon the viewer's expectations in a wonderful way, the movie otherwise lacked any real sort of depth whatsoever. But Inception certainly doesn't belong in a class above Memento, nor (oddly enough) The Incredibles.

That said, i have to say that That Action Scene was probably my favorite action scene of any movie or television series that i've ever seen to date. it reminded me of The Fifth Element scene where the aircraft was taking off, except much more complex and much more successful. i think i could watch that sequence over and over again.

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dyaus7
Aug. 8th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
Don't be hatin on my Matrix, yo.
lifeofmendel
Aug. 8th, 2010 07:42 am (UTC)
on a scale from 1 to 10, the matrix falls somewhere in the 6 range.

the second matrix film was kind of a negative -5. negative something anyway, enough that i will never have a desire to see the third one.

sorry to break it to you. :)
dyaus7
Aug. 8th, 2010 08:08 am (UTC)
The Matrix* Reloaded and The Matrix* Revolutions should never, ever be compared to The Matrix. They are not affiliated in any way.

And it's a 9.6 FYI.
lifeofmendel
Aug. 8th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
6. it's easy to get 9.6 and 6 confused, that's cool. ;)
shandrew
Aug. 20th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
I normally am not bothered by bad acting, but in Inception the characters played by Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were so poorly played (or casted?) that they detracted from the movie. I doubt that it was the actors' fault, since the other movies I've seen them in, Juno and 500 Days of Summer, had excellent performances.

Now that i think about it, this reminds me of how Katie Holmes and Maggie Gyllenhall had their talents wasted in the two Nolan Batman movies.
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