For those of you about to go see the Inception, go see it. Its good, but it isn't great. For all its courage in trying to make people think, to engage the audience with something more than flashes and loud noise my congratulations. In that respect it is probably the best blockbuster of the year.
Then again, the movie doesn't really make you think about the nature of dreams or the subconscious or any of that. It simply throws definitions at you and sees if you can keep up... Kick this, gray that, time distortion to the power of infinity what?! Inception is about keeping the audience off balance with a constantly shifting set of definitions rather than engaging them in any meaningful way.
The premise of the movie is simply awesome. Its about dream hackers. They steal secrets... from your subconscious. And the really gifted dream hackers, well, they can plant ideas in your subconscious. Brilliant. And for all the potential behind the idea though, I feel like the movie didn't carry it far enough. There was so much potential there to be creative - to really plumb the depths of the human consciousness and discover the hidden wonders of the mind - and it wasn't exploited to the fullest.
All in all though, probably the best movie I have seen this year. It came so close to being truly great though, it makes me sad, so I thought I would let you know.