Inception

Aug. 3rd, 2010 11:50 pm
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(I posted this in a comment at Skepchick.org, and figured I should put it here because I haven't added anything to LJ in a while.)

MILD SPOILERS

I enjoyed the movie and thought it was unusually smart for a summer blockbuster. (I suppose that's not saying much.) William Gibson tweeted that he was reminded of Fritz Leiber, and I have to agree: it's something about the combination of the tragic marriage with multiple levels of reality with characters who are really pawns caught up in a much bigger corporate game. Good stuff.

Here’s where Inception fails for me, though. At no point did any of the dreamers find themselves flying naked over fields of corn being harvested by clowns and then suddenly wake up with wood. (Painfully hard wood.)

Perhaps this was covered in the technobabble portions of the exposition, and I just missed it. I remember the bits about sedatives and drugs and architecture, but for a movie that claims to be about dreaming, Inception completely lacked an investigation of the surreal and the vulnerabilities of the subconscious and of identity. Instead it offered us a mindscape that’s little more than a Half-Life mod.

Plus, the spinning top (wait, is it about to falter?) at the end was pretty cheesy.

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