I’ve been dragging my feeton this. I saw Inception a weekend ago (thanks Casey!). Nolan does an amazing job with the visual aesthetic of the film; there were times when my jaw just dropped and I had to exclaim “wow” aloud. He does a great job keeping the pace and intensity of the film accelerating throughout. By the end you’re sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for that unwind to happen.
At the same time, I can’t really say that the plot was at all interesting, challenging, or surprising. I feel like Momento was far more rewarding. Maybe it’s because I saw the press for Inception ahead of time and knew what I was getting myself into? It’s hard to consider it independently of the press, but I feel like the foreshadowing was so heavy that it would take a real special person to not have a clue what’s going on in the first watch. The final scene is so overblown and obvious that you can see it coming from about five minutes into the movie.
So, it’s tough. I really enjoyed the film, if only because of how well Nolan executed it, but the story and “trick” to it felt a bit too gimmicky and like Nolan is falling into a rut — as a result, the overall impression I take away is more mixed. 7/10.