in about 100 words or less
USA 148m, Colour
Director: Christopher Nolan; Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine
Despite an interesting concept, and a director who is capable of making excellent films, Inception suffers from the need to spend a reported $160 million dollar budget on action sequences and special effects that are superfluous to the story, and which no one had the nerve to leave on the cutting room floor where they belong. The result is a bloated and dull film whose only trick is to fake complexity to dim-witted audiences by simply adding multiple layers of dream states. If Nolan was forced to make this film on a fraction of the budget, the resulting tightening of the screenplay and the film’s runtime would have immeasurably improved the end result of a story whose potential is never fully realized (Klaus Ming July 2010).