Posted on 4/08/11 01:32 AM
A fantastic premise - yes
Original - not really
Inception is, as I like to say, Get Shorty on Acid. It takes the fundamental idea made famous in that movie and extrapolates it into a magnificent premise.
And while the premise itself is brilliant, the execution is somewhat lacking. And it is not the story - the plot holes are far from glaring and don't detract from the movie. No, it is a feeling that this movie could have - and should have - been so much more. The first half alluded to a potential for this movie to be one of the smartest ever made yet it failed to carry this standard throughout.
Indeed, it even failed to maintain the level of innovation and creativity that was promised throughout. Instead, it opted to keep up a pace and body count akin to many more standard summer action movies.
Not that this was done poorly. The action sequences were artistically directed and the extremely satisfying, not allowing a moment of boredom to creep in. Not to mention some fantastic set pieces where the concept was allowed to shine (too infrequently for me however).
In addition it was extremely well acted although with such a cast you cannot expect anything but. All those casted fit there role perfectly, none more so than Ms Marion Cotillard who gave another harrowing performance.
At the end of the day while I enjoyed this film immensely there will always be that horrible, niggling thought that it should have been smarter; trippier.
(Nevertheless, judging from the reactions of many who saw it in the cinema, Inception was TOO smart but that's probably a commentary on society that can wait.)