When movies try to break away from the notions of reality, it is an excuse to do the impossible. All of which is to achieve the core objective; which is to entertain and maybe even convey ideas. Unfortunately, Nolan contructs a movie as you would a card game; full of rules that exist as a formality, which then begin to infringe upon the entertainment value. The rules begin to become far more of an obstacle, then a tool for something that creates or inspires something truly creative. Inception uses painful exposition to steer in these rules and conditions; where something must happen or be averted and yet for all the huffy seriousness, it fails to create stakes that make the game really interesting. Death is a removed concept here in favour delving further into dreams and finally limbo. None of which seems to create any real fear or terror. But there just isnít even anything in this movie to generally care about in the first place. The characters are all vague and lacking; just like the universe at large. All that they have to show for it are the basic names such as Cobol engineering. Everything seems so sterile and detached and even the central character, Cobb feels uninteresting and stodgy. By the end of the movie they devolve into ho hum action, which just lacks the raw passion or energy to make even that entertaining. Even the concept (which aims to hold some gravity) becomes a long worn-out joke by the end which continues on because Nolan completely fails to create a reality that has the depth or love to be believable, acceptable or even desirable. All this movie does is poke holes at itself and suggest there is but another dream, around the corner. It really isnít Sci-Fi because where is the jargon or the scientific explanations? The so called PASIV technology in no way feels scientific but a very obvious phlebotinum. This is a movie that tries to capture some slick noir and just like Blade Runner, it becomes boring because of it. Itís not necessary and it doesnít really add to it except the feeling that the movie is overtly and creatively sterile. Beyond the concept of a dream beyond a dream beyond a....no, there is nothing else visceral. Donít see this movie, as it wonít occupy your dreams or your thoughts, for reasons good.
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