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From: Stephen Feather
Date: 27 Jul 2010
Time: 16:31:55 -0500
Disappointing - I enjoyed the special effects, the score, Pete Poslethwaite, and the ending but it generally left me cold with its over explanation of the very interesting themes it tried to depict. I like the ideas it dealt with; e.g dreams within dreams, subconsious projections, etc but there was too much time spent on characters sitting around chatting mystically and sidetracks to the main lead's (Leo Dicaprio) emotional problems which are too long and drawn out. In this aspect it is very similar to a film Dicaprio was in recently; Shutter Island which suffered for the same reasons. Nolan originally inteded for Inception to be a horror film but added the emotional context to connect with the audience - I think it would have been a much more interesting film if he hadn't done that. I think Leo has been in a couple of stinkers this year. Films that promised but didn't deliver.