With all the hype Inception has got, of course we had to go and see the movie. I wasn't extremely excited about the whole "dream in a dream in a dream" concept because dream worlds are usually rather disturbing for me. I don't know if it was this initiative opinion of mine that spoiled this movie experience for me, or was it just the fact that it actually wasn't a very special movie.
Inception had all the usual elements of an average Hollywood movie: love, drama, business, adventure, guns, thrill. Basically the dream thingy was the only different thing in the movie that probably made it the least bit interesting. Unfortunately it was left in the background - it was the excuse for all this other, normal movie stuff.
I haven't read any other movie reviews about it (just noticed that a lot of people have given it 4-5 stars out of 5), but, hello, Matrix much??? It's the same dream world idea, really, just not as cruel as in the Matrix. Not a 100% original idea. So shut up.
Seeing Ellen Page in a role like this was pretty depressing too. She is a comedian, goddammit. Making her up and putting her in a normal pretty girl role like this is totally ignoring her talent. She had probably two funny lines in the movie. Psh. Ok, I admit I haven't seen any of her other movies than Juno, but she was so brilliant in it that I'm sure funny roles fit her the best. I was kind of hoping that she wouldn't conform to the stereotype of a normal Hollywood female actress. Isn't there enough of those already.
For a movie to become one of my absolute favorites it needs to either
- appeal to my feelings (Donnie Darko),
- have extreme beauty in it (No Country for Old Men),
- have an ultimate idea of challenging the normal ways of life (Fight Club), or
- have extraordinary acting (as Heath Ledger in the Dark Knight).
Well, it did have a couple of positive things: Tom Hardy and Michael Caine. That's it.