Film Fans: 'Inception' good but confusing

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2 1/2 out of 4 stars

“Inception” is an imaginative, intriguing movie that requires your full attention. You sometimes wonder whether you are watching a “real” or dream sequence. It is also sometimes a challenge to keep up with the dream-within-a-dream sequences. The film may lose audience members who don’t want to make the effort required to remain fully engaged in the (sometimes convoluted) plot.

One flaw is that it is simply too long in two particular scenes; the snow scene and the gravity scene are unnecessarily dragged out and go back and forth too many times.

You have to keep your eyes on the screen to keep things straight, otherwise you will lose track of what is going on. Overall, this is entertaining and, as always, Leonardo DiCaprio is fabulous.

— Francine Benoit, Lawrenceville

2 out of 4 stars

The foreshadowing begins abruptly with an angry ocean scene with playing children and a lamenting man we learn is Cobb played by Leonardo DiCaprio. As the movie evolves, we learn more about a tragic family and what happened to cause its discord. We learn a lot about the mind and its endless journey to adapt in a cruel world.

This movie presents a statement that is immensely confusing but the scenes are on the cutting edge and it somehow holds you in a weird limbo. It explores the power of dreams for complete and utter manipulation of others. It deals with convoluted thoughts and leaves you with a bad taste and is more filling than many can grasp. Couldn’t help but think of the song “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics as this movie marched onward.

The supporting cast in this movie is superior and they provide the team chemistry to unravel the perceived mystery. And when it’s over you know that guilt is a killer and everyone needs the right totem to anchor them. You know also that this movie teaches more than it entertains and this is its biggest obstacle other than being excessively too long.

— Rick Wright, Auburn

2 out of 4 stars

I wanted to love “Inception,” and was anxious to see this imaginative movie. However, I was disappointed. With a cast featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Ellen Page and Michael Caine, among others, and a very intriguing story line, I was full of anticipation, ready to be swept away.

The acting was good, but the story was hard to follow.

“Inception” has very complicated layers, and at 2 hours and 45 minutes, there was ample time to explain the story; instead they filled the slot with endless action and gravity-defying scenes. At times I thought, “Just come on already and fall!” “Inception” was “The Matrix” meets “The Bourne Identity” — times a hundred.

Besides being the most confusing movie I’ve seen in years, another major problem was the soundtrack. At times, the back score was so loud it overpowered the dialogue.

I may watch it again when it comes out in rental (maybe sooner than later), but then again, I may not.

— Myra Simons, Buford