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Movie Review: Inception

28 July 2010

I’ve not much to say about the movie, Inception.  I will say though that it’s not so dull or so repugnant that I wouldn’t write a review about it.  It’s just (how shall I say this?) that it doesn’t possess the quality of overall greatness. 

Remember the scene in WarGames where Matthew Broderick tricks the computer into playing Tic-Tac-Toe with itself, and the computer does this until it learns the concept of futility?  That’s kind of what is going on with the plot of Inception.  Only instead of Tic-Tac-Toe, the computer would be playing chess .. set on skill level #1.  What you’d see is something very intricate and sophisticated, yet completely predictable.  That’s what this movie (i.e., Inception) is like. 

The objective is simple – plant an idea into the mind of a man who has inherited a large corporation.  To do that, several experts have to ‘invade’ the man’s dreams.  We learn however that dreams have rules – For example, one has to be surreptitious when poking around someone else’s mind, else they suffer the consequences. 

So there you have it.  There is an objective.  There are rules that accompany the objective.  There is a space for strategy within the dreams – creating new rules if you will.  And so, it adds up to a very sophsticated, very predictable, game. 

Were our intrepid dream specialists successful in reaching their objective?  I won’t tell you, but I will ask you this – wouldn’t it be kind of lame, if they didn’t? 

(Like I said, predictable).  😉

On the other hand, I did appreciate how the movie took the time to explore how simple ideas can have a major impact on organizations.  One need only to look to the Episcopal church to witness how much of an impact semantics has had, over time, upon the integrity of the denomination.  For example, when we read, “male and female created He them,” in Genesis 1, some folks interpret this as a general diversity.  Others, like myself, interpret this as a particular diversity, tailored for the marriage covenant – I.e., male and female. 

Such a simple idea, that when full-grown, tears the fabric of the Anglican Communion. 

And there are other controversies erupting now, that started as simple ideas. 

Then too, I have to admit that the zero-g fight scene between Joseph Gordon-Levitt (you may remember him as the “adolescent boy” from Third Rock from the Sun) and some other guy, wearing a tailored business suit no less.  ..And winning

Or how the movie solves that nagging problem that I’m sure we all have thought about at one point or another, “How do I simulate falling in a zero-g environment?” 

The writers of Inception provide both the question, and the answer.  I don’t know about you guys, but I’ll sleep a little sounder now.  😉

But I digress.  In the spirit of the movie, Inception, I would like to plant an idea deep into the minds of my gentle readers:

Some movies are worth watching, but not worth eight bucks.  I suggest that Inception is one such movie. 

There now, that was easy.  And just think – I didn’t even need a gifted architectural student to plant the idea   😉

– Elder

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