Sunday, May 1, 2011

7th Art: Inception (2010)


There's no question that "Inception" is an entertaining movie, but I see a troublesome trend here: just like in science, could it be the case that overspecialization is taking a toll on the movie industry? I couldn't shake off a sense of disconnectedness throughout the enterprise, and enterprise is what it felt like to me, not storytelling. Good enterprising naturally, technically well done, but it didn't sink in. A lot like science as it's done these days.

Examples of that: no matter how good is the virtual reality rendering in those recent movies, acting remains detached from the environment. It's the chroma key syndrome. Besides, the overuse of video game-like action sequences in contemporaneous movie making is becoming really boring, and this is from someone that is young enough to have played first-person shooter games somewhat avidly. All the tech wizardry in these movies feels a lot like those jazz fusion songs of the 80s that were probably fun to play but were not so fun to listen to.

In other words, stick to the originals: Tarkovsky's "Solaris" for narrative and emotional depth, and the Wachowskis' "The Matrix" for surreal daredevilry.

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