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Inception microreview 
30th-Jul-2010 05:50 pm
howitzer
Declaring every five minutes that We Are Messing With Your Head does not actually make a good messing-with-your-head movie.

"OMG! Maybe the "real world" wasn't real after all??!?!"?. Gosh, that never would have occurred to me.

What you need is a completely off-the-wall way to end it that becomes obvious only in retrospect. Which, I'll admit, is Hard to pull off, but then there's a reason I don't make movies.

(e.g., having Mal be right about everything and actually alive in the next level out would have been marginally less lame)

Still, both Brazil and The Usual Suspects manage to leave this one in the dust. Hell, even Verhoeven's Total Recall was less of a waste of time. Buh.
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1st-Aug-2010 04:12 am (UTC)
I don't think it was meant to be a puzzle movie. Mainly it's just a good, tight caper movie (with absurd zero-G human Katamari that makes perfect sense in context). Well, it is a puzzle movie, but it has a perfectly good straighforward reading, and the puzzle part is entirely optional (like the stars in Braid, or the unicorn origami in Bladerunner, or the time traveller in Woody Allen's Anything Else).
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