SPOILERS AHEAD! If you have not seen the movie, go see it first!

You have to admit, it’s a pretty cool idea.

Walking around in someone’s dream, harnessing the power of THEIR imagination to pluck information out of it.

But you can’t pick it apart too much. There comes a point when you have to stop criticizing and start thinking, “What would I have done different?”

I started to write a post about how one of those things included asserting control over your dreams, and then stopped. My example was from my own dreams, where after a couple of years of trying, I could control my flying. (Otherwise, I was floating along in my dream as if a rope were tied around my waist and dangling me from the sky, flailing around like an idiot.) The trade-off was that in asserting a certain level of control over my dreams, I didn’t sleep as well.

And then I had a dream. In this dream, the other night, before I was able to post this, I was attacked, or hurt, or something along those lines. I couldn’t do anything to help myself and I was in total despair. I woke up thinking “Why didn’t I just heal myself?” But in a dream, I think we’re subconsciously subverted from realizing the reality of our situation – we’re cut off from our logical selves. You can’t always control what’s happening in your dream.

So I correct myself before I even post my post. As much as I think the concept of controlling one’s dream in “Inception” should have been introduced, I think it would have been rewriting the story.

That being said, there were still a couple of things I found fault with.

For one thing, the allies that Leonardo’s character found were scattered throughout the world, and were considered the “best in their field,” so to speak. In what field?? You mean there are dozens or hundreds of people out there who know all about traipsing through dreams and these are the best of the best? This concept is treated as if it were the field of thievery out of “Ocean’s 11.” As if EVERYBODY out there knows about this dream technology, but only a few can be really, really good at it! It doesn’t fit, in my opinion.

The second was the resolution. As much as I loathe the Hollywood “twist,” I have come to expect it. I really thought the twist in “Inception” was that Leonardo’s wife was right – that they really WERE in a dream and that her presence was her trying desperately to get him out. I know that’s what the filmmakers intended (a red herring), and I also realize it is probably the sole reason for the story (HE planted the idea and SHE was wrong about being in a dream), but still – I was left feeling “The twist! What’s the twist?!?”

The story itself was also a bit overcomplicated. I understood they wanted three levels of dreaming, sure, but why the strange “limbo” level? Why not just combine that one with the third level? And the part where one of the characters ties up the other people and drags them into an elevator – I did not catch what that was about. I think he was trying to set off a “trigger” to wake them up, but why did some characters seem to know that the van was about to hit the water, but not him? Why it was visually cool, I thought it was unnecessary. I think while it was an interesting script, it probably needed another rewrite to simplify and cut down the story.

The other thing was the exposition. I realize that a complex idea like this needs a certain amount of exposition, but when a movie is 2 ½ hours long and doesn’t get going until 30 minutes into it, you know that someone needs a better editor.

But these are quibbles. “Inception” was a genuinely original movie and was very well done. Ellen Paige was magnificent. DiCaprio, too, despite the fact that at his age he looks like he should still be playing teenagers instead of rough-housing secret agents.

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