20 most overrated movies of the last 20 years (1990-2010)
The technical aspects of Inception cannot be faulted, but for me, everything else was pretty soulless. The story has no real depth so it's jazzed up with FX gimmicks, endless exposition, ponderous action sequences and blaring, sledgehammer score. Take all the window-dressing away and you don't have much left. The *concept* is brilliant, but the story and characters are paper thin and boring.
I simply didn't care for any of the characters. I also couldn't really emotionally invest in the story because there was absolutely nothing at stake. No real danger. No lives really at risk. No real consequences of failure. The idea of planting an idea in someone's mind (and making them think they came up with it) is great, but the idea itself - the thing upon which the entire story was built - was BORING.
The most fatal flaw was the banality of the central conflict: All the complexity revolved around...breaking up a company?! We knew very little about the company, or why it was so important for it to be broken up. It would've been far more interesting if the inception was a necessity in some way; something major was at stake, and the failure of the inception would lead to some kind of devastating catastrophe.
Cobb's issue with his wife/kids was not strong enough to pick up the emotional slack, mainly because both Cobb and his wife were thin, cardboard characters. In fact, all the characters were pretty lifeless, with the worst being Ariadne (Ellen Page), who seemed to be there only to explain the plot to audience as the film went on. I didn't believe for a second that she was some kind of prodigious 'Dream Architect'. We're basically told this, not shown. All I saw was Ellen Page reciting her lines; her character had no unique personality traits/inner life.
The juxtaposition of various dream- stages in the final third was interesting, but it was hard to care about what was going on. A prime example of this was the Ski-section at the end, which interminable, and just seemed like an excuse to have yet another different location.
I hesitate to compare the two, but The Matrix worked far better because the characters were actually in danger, so I cared about what was going on. If Neo died in the Matrix, he died in real life. If Cobb died in a dream, he just woke up in real life. If there's no real danger, why should we care? At what point were any of the characters actually in danger?
* Main story similar in some ways to the massively disappointing 'Shutter Island'.
* Leonardo DiCaprio basically playing the same character he plays in almost every movie. I think he was more believable here though than in 'Shutter Island'.
* Overbearing score by Hans Zimmer. Way too loud to the extent some dialogue was drowned out. It could've been the sound system at the cinema I was in, but I doubt it.
* For me, Marion Cotillard and Ellen Page were miscast.
* Exposition overload. Everything in the story was repeatedly explained to the audience. Maybe it was necessary - I personally think more could've been done visually to get the point across.
* Interesting ambiguous ending - will ensure the film is debated for years to come.
Overall, superb concept, but wasted on a boring central story. Fantastic visuals, and a couple of stunning action sequences (Zero G hotel fight being the best). Memento is still Nolan's masterpiece in my view.
Despite its flaws, I hope Inception makes TONNES of money. It at least made an attempt to be original, and if it's successful, perhaps we'll see lots more original screenplays (and more Sci-fi) being greenlit. ” - Jaimie Kanwar
The script is so horrifically contrived and full of plot holes that it renders TDK almost impossible to enjoy. Nolan breaks the rules of the Batman universe, and most fatally, he ignores the rules of the world he creates in the film. Just because it's a superhero movie doesn't mean that all sense of logic and reality should be flushed down the toilet (!), yet this is precisely what Nolan does with TDK.
What makes it worse is that Nolan et al have tried so hard to ground this version of Batman in reality but when it comes to the crunch, that reality is totally ignored at every step of the way!
I could list 100 examples to illustrate my point but I don't have the time. I think along the same lines as this guy though:
http://therawness.com/why-i-hated-the-dark-knight/ ” - Jaimie Kanwar