by David Schuster
I know I'll be in the vast minority with the following opinions but that's the beauty of movies. Not everyone agrees.
If you didn't like the trilogy of Matrix flicks then you probably won't like "Inception" so that pretty much tells you where I'm going. The "Matrix" movies just didn't do it for me and neither does this flick. When plots and concepts are so off the wall I tend to get bored and that's exactly what happened with "Inception" as far as I'm concerned.
The movie is about some big time espionage as a band of thieves are hired to help one large corporation battle another. The way they do it is by infiltrating people's minds through their dreams.
Sounds interesting and the trailers (like they sometimes do) sucked me in with the possibilities and of course the high tech effects. But there has to be some plausibility to a plot and as this movie unfolds it just gets more and more ridiculous. And did I say complex? Holy smoke Batman! You need a Calculus degree mixed with in a minor in Science Fiction to even have a prayer of understanding anything.
What happens is that people are put under by various methods and then the thieves start manipulating the situations in different dreams. Then there are dreams within the dreams and further yet, dreams within the dreams within yet more dreams. Good luck following all of this nonsense and at two and a half hours I was dreaming that this movie would just get to the finish line. It sort of reminded me of a never ending baseball game that just inches along.
Now I know that people will fawn over Leonardo DiCaprio and the rest of the cast but sorry I just didn't get into this movie. After a while people were floating all over the place much as in the "Matrix" movies and that was the cherry on the sundae for me. I was told that this is the kind of movie that you might have to go see a couple of times to understand it better. No thanks, once was enough but it did remind me of Cub fans who keep going back to Wrigley to see something there that defies explanation too.
Just about every critic gave this movie four stars but I'm happy to go against the grain. I'm giving it - a single - just one star and hoping there's no trilogy like there was in the "Matrix" series.