I just went to see Inception by the talented Christopher Nolan. I've been a fan of his films for a long time. “Momento” was the first film I saw of his, then “The Prestige”, and of course the very popular “The Dark Night”, but my favorite was “Insomnia”. The way he twisted and manipulated people's emotions I always thought that was very effective. So when I saw the trailer for Inception I was very excited to see the film, especially the special effect with the city curling up into itself – that was particularly compelling. He always had a visual flair that was reserved yet very imaginative.
So while I was in Oregon I invited my good buddy and Oscar winner (jealous, jealous) Jan Pinkava to watch it with me. The film was getting massive buzz and the ticket line was very long, so we were high with anticipation for the complete movie experience. Half-way through the film I turn to Jan and ask, “Is this the 4th dream within a dream or the 5th?” and we both start to laugh. As the film finished, the whole audience started to laugh. Was this a big joke on the audience? A $100 Million prank? Or just a completely out-of-control art film? Whatever it was it was making a ton of money. What did people see in the film to make them want to go back?
To me it was like The Matrix film – if you put enough obscurities and confusion in the film people will put in their own meanings, then it becomes a very powerful message to them. To me it's just a confusing mess. What's with all those shots of the soldiers storming the snow fortress? Please Christopher – it didn't have to be a 2 ½ hour long film. It's too bad it's such a big hit – now he'll want to make “Inception II – the Deception.”