by HELEN GEIB
Inception is too much fun to stop at just one review. Geoff and Nir have already published theirs, and this is my turn to chime in with my two cents. More than that, as the title indicates, this post is an invitation to join the discussion in the comments. What’s your answer to the “was it or wasn’t it” question, and if it was, when did it start, and whether it was or wasn’t, how did you know?
For the record, I think it was, that it started before the movie began, and that there are a lot of reasons to think that, but also that the film skillfully and cleverly doesn’t foreclose either conclusion, and either way leaves a lot of room for interpretation of the details. Like: does anything that happened in the dream reflect the dreamer’s reality outside the dream?
However you come out, isn’t it great that we can have this discussion? I love a well-done mindless thriller/actioner/sci-fi jaunt as much as the next person and more than the next critic (emphasis on the well-done), but how much more exciting to see a movie that challenges you to think as well as rewarding the senses! That asks you to stay sharp, to pay attention to the details, to take it home with you and keep thinking about it and turning it over and arguing just what happened and what it all means.
Inception is hugely entertaining on the surface level and I want to see it again for the thrills, the performances, the visuals, the music…. But I also want to see it again to take up the mind-game challenge by looking for clues I might have missed the first time. Not to mention gather ammunition for the ongoing discussion.