Dunkirk (2017)

Some of my favourite films are directed by Christopher Nolan: Inception, The Dark Knight (mostly because of Ledger) and I also have fond memories of watching Memento as a kid. I even remember being fascinated by Insomnia when I saw it years ago. But then there’s also Interstellar which I didn’t like at all and nothing could make me want to see that movie ever again. So before seeing Dunkirk I was expecting greatness but I also had that nagging worry inside my brain that the last Nolan movie was a space opera I almost fell asleep to. So my emotions were all over the place before the movie. My emotions after the movie were even more scattered, but for entirely different reasons.

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# 278 – In Time

Justin Timberlake has left the music behind him and entered the world of movies with great success. Meaning he has been in many movies lately and I keep watching those movies although I have no idea why. In Time happened to be his action movie with Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Cillian Muprhy and Matt Bomer.

The whole point is that after a certain age people don’t get older anymore and their time starts to run. So it is basically a good concept, that time is a currency in the future  – time is priceless. The way they played out the concept wasn’t as good as one would expect. Not to mention the fact that they probably had like no idea how to edit this movie together – the time was running, there was like seconds left and it felt like freaking minutes. That was what made me mad – if the whole concept of the movie is about time, then the time during the movie should be running as realistically as possible. It could be done, it has been done – but American blockbuster action movies tend to avoid that.

Andrew Niccol who wrote and directed the movie has done many movies over the past 15 years, beginning with Gattaca, The Truman Show and Lord of War for instance. In Time might not be his best work, since I have seen the other ones, but the concept like I already said is pretty excellent. I would like to read a book with a similar story, where the alternative future is based on time-currency.

Also something I saw was the idea of driving between the levels, I don’t remember if they actually were called levels or districts – whatever. The idea was very similar to The Hunger Games concept – different levels connected by the high-way but they differ with people’s wealth. So when Timberlake’s character rides to the most highest level it seems very cool and everything up to that moment is absolutely brilliant – but then it starts to fall into the typical action movie black hole and it becomes ordinary among its other “friends”.

I mentioned Matt Bomer in the beginning because he is the first hero in this movie – having a lot of time, being like a hundred years old or something, he gives his time to Timberlake’s character. Sadly. I like him, I haven’t watched White Collar since the first season and I don’t remember why, probably because I had so many shows and I needed to prioritize. Anyway, Bomer’s role in this is small but he is still a hero in some ways. Not like Cillian Murphy who is this good-bad-good guy – I just adore him. I liked him in the Red Eye of which I still remember this one specific scene because I thought it was perfect.

Anyway, no other things to say, I would give the general idea a lot more credit that the actual final product but I guess it wouldn’t be fair.

#212 – In Time (trailer special)

Justin Timberlake has turned his back to music and is making a lot of movies lately. Friends With Benefits came out a little while ago and now, in the end of October, In Time – sci-fi action movie is hitting the screen. The movie takes place in near future and is about being young forever. It looks promising but I’m not very excited about it – Justin is the lead Robin Hood type hero, Olivia Wilde plays his mother (that is just weird), Amanda Seyfried is the love interest and Cillian Murphy looks like the villain in this one. Great cast (I’m not happy with the female leads but still) with Andrew Niccol as director/writer – might look promising as an action movie but so do a lot of trailers.

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# 69 – Inception

“Dreams feel real while we’re in them.  It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.” – Dom Cobb

After watching Nolan’s newest master-piece I looked up some of the reviews just to get an idea how to build up my review about it. I didn’t want to praise like any other commenter would do and call Nolan a genius based on my subjective opinion – I wanted to have a basis for this post: negative reviews for Inception.

Not all reviewers, however, were so positive about the film. New York magazine’s David Edelstein was reported to “have no idea what so many people are raving about. It’s as if someone went into their heads while they were sleeping and planted the idea that Inception is a visionary masterpiece and—hold on … Whoa! I think I get it. The movie is a metaphor for the power of delusional hype—a metaphor for itself.”[70] Rex Reed of The New York Observer explained the film’s development as “pretty much what we’ve come to expect from summer movies in general and Christopher Nolan movies in particular … [it] doesn’t seem like much of an accomplishment to me.”[71] A.O. Scott of The New York Times commented “there is a lot to see in Inception, there is nothing that counts as genuine vision. Mr. Nolan’s idea of the mind is too literal, too logical, too rule-bound to allow the full measure of madness.” – Wikipedia

I’m not saying they are wrong, in their minds they might be even right, I’m just stating that you might be looking at the picture from the wrong angle. David Edelstein says that Inception is a “metaphor for the power of delusional hype” – saying that after The Dark Knight everybody were waiting for greatness and got that from Inception because they were delusional enough to think that it was good. At least this is what I get from that thought Edelstein said – butlet’s look at this from a different angle. Nolan’s Inception planted an idea into our heads – an idea that made us think that the movie was good – a movie that is able to plant an idea into our heads can’t be a bad movie. Good movies are those that get stuck in our heads and I’m a big fan of the “great story-line” movie which doesn’t have to be logical but which is written to be logical. I thought Inception did a fine job with it and if it did plant the excitement into my head – I don’t mind.

Rex Reed (who to me based on the reviews he has written and I read – seems to be as bitter about everything that I am about romantic comedies) said that “Inception was pretty much what we’ve come to expect from summer movies in general and Nolan movies in particular.” Question, what summer movies is he talking about? I haven’t seen those, I must have missed something. And about the thing, expecting “that” from Nolan – how is not disappointing the viewers by making another good movie bad? They make bad romantic comedies that people are expecting to be bad and worse and that is bad? Making a good movie after a good movie isn’t something to whine about – Nolan delivers what is expected from him – greatnes.

A.O. Scott comments about logic in the movie. “Too logical”. This is the part where I laughed because I have been questioning the logic in so many movies lately and Inception was just so well logically built that it made me smile and Scott is saying that this is a bad thing. Hollywood has this common mistake writing blockbusters – they have the idea, but they don’t have the logical sequence behind the idea. Things happen without reason, especially when a character does something out of his characteristics – the story isn’t built on a story but on the action. The character goes there because the action tells him to – he goes and I think: “what’s his reason behind this?” Inception had that covered – there were no loopholes of logic, it moved like a well oiled machine and since so many movies fail to do that I think the “too logical” thing, was rude.

Anyhow, this is my answer to those negative comments. I’m not gonna add the positive ones because there are too many of those – IMDb states that Inception is already #4 in the greatest movie list! People like the movie and I think the thing that they like is the three things I mentioned before, Inception:

1) gets into our heads and plays with our thought by making us think about the movie after we’ve seen it.

2) is another well delivered movie by Nolan who jet again proves to us that he is one of the greatest in Hollywood.

3) has logic – it’s story is well written and the action is arranged in a way that it doesn’t get out of line while the story is deep enough to keep us interested.

I read that Nolan has been wanting to do a movie with DiCaprio for a long time and he didn’t like the scripts Nolan offered him before Inception came along. DiCaprio ,who has done movies like The Departed and Shutter Island is well known for his great acting skill, doesn’t fail to deliver in Inception. Also, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, my latest favorite is also giving a performance of a life time running in a hallway that has no gravity fighting a bad guy! (Scene that had a actual hallway that turned 360 degrees – Nolan is well known for not using too much visual efects! Another reason why Inception is good – the visual is realistic.)  So – acting good, storyline good, director good, visual images good – movie good! And the fact that I want to see it again and would be willing to pay for it again is just a little proof of the fact that 5 out of 5 stars is an understatement to this movie.