I just saw Inception, which was an excellent movie, but at the same time, I didn’t like it.
The acting is great. The action is inventive. The plot is a bit contrived. The cinematography is good as well, but beside all of these details, what makes Inception a good movie is the fact that it makes the viewer think. In fact, the entire point of the movie is contained in the last scene.
I won’t give it away, but it is intended to make you think.
Let’s start with the acting. I really don’t know how to detect bad acting. Let’s skip acting.
The action…what’s funny about the action is that it’s incidental to the movie. There is action in this movie, but it is not an action movie. It’s strange how the characters avoid getting shot…even a bit more so than most other movies. This can be forgiven, however.
The plot could have been more or less surreal without really affecting the quality of the movie because of the very nature of the plot itself, but the existence of the technology is not explained, nor are the motivations of the experts corralled into helping the main character. It’s populated by shady extra governmental militant corporations and unlikely characters. In fact, most of this movie seems to exist in the main character’s head. And they even mention the unreality of it all at one point.
Now for the cinematography. I also don’t know how to evaluate that. There were some pretty scenes. I liked them. But let’s skip cinematography, because I’m an uneducated boor.
REALLY, though, the best part of this movie is that it makes you think, constantly. It’s about a technology that allows you to infiltrate other peoples’ dreams and steal information. But the dream reality is just as convincing as real life…it has to be, or the dream will start to implode as the dreamer realizes it’s a dream, and his or her subconscious will begin to eliminate any intruders. And you wake from a dream most easily when you die.
I guess the best way to reframe this movie as a philosophical exercise is exactly that, actually. What if life was a dream, and the only way to wake from it were to die? Would you ever know during your life?
That said, I didn’t like the movie, primarily because I couldn’t suspend my disbelief, and the movie turned out to be Shutter Island II. My subconscious immediately abstracted it out to the problem above, and I no longer cared about the movie or any of the multiple dreams the characters inhabited…
But there’s still something missing. Something I’m not seeing, or something that I glossed over. I just can’t think of it…
What I’m looking for is some positive message in this. Truth, Love, Hope, all that jazz. Someone help me out?