Complex science fiction thriller

Inception

Warner Bros.

Rating: PG

148 minutes

Inception is a movie that often leaves the viewer feeling lost and confused, but it’s meant to and this reviewer suspects it will get better with a second and third viewing.

Leonardo DiCaprio plays a criminal that steals information or secrets from people’s minds while they are dreaming.

That concept alone is hard for viewers to get their head around. But after a few minutes into this film there are three (I think) levels of reality going on within the context of the movie, involving the same characters, but all running on different time scales. Sort of a dream within a dream within a dream.

A lot of it involves shoot-outs and explosions, more than enough for a regular action thriller, and it is hard to accept that this is all going on in the character’s dreams, but it’s a nice conceit.

Director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) apparently spent 10 years writing this and characters in the movie spend a lot of time trying to explain what’s going on, but it’s hard to take it all in. Perhaps he’s just a little too clever.

Some talented supporting actors like Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt don’t have much to do except run around shooting or jumping off buildings.

There are some impressive special effects, which reminds one of The Matrix and 2001: A Space Odyssey and you are never bored, but sometimes not sure what the heck is going on.

Rating: three deer of five

Next Week on Video

Repo Men is one of the year’s worst movies and Clash of the Titans is an okay remake.

Alf Cryderman is a Red Deer freelance writer and old movie buff.

Just Posted

Accused Jason Klaus testifies in triple-homicide trial in Red Deer

Klaus charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of arson

Red Deer County team honoured for aid in Waterton Fires

Red Deer County Protective Services a huge help to RCMP

Two arrested at Red Deer Rebels hockey game

Red Deer woman charged for allegedly striking police officer

WATCH: Helping those less fortunate at Christmas

Red Deer comes together to spread joy at Christmas Wish Breakfast

WATCH: Red Deerians come together to ‘light the night’

Traditional Red Deer Lights the Night sees thousands

David Cassidy, teen idol and ‘Partridge Family’ star, dies at 67

Cassidy announced earlier this year he had been diagnosed with dementia

Cost to fix Phoenix pay system to surpass $540 million: auditor general

Michael Ferguson’s review hints the entire system should be scrapped

UPDATE: CBS fires Charlie Rose following allegations

Charlie Rose is the latest public figure to be accused with sexual misconduct allegations

LGBTQ advocates want military, RCMP to take part in apology

“These are all the organizations that perpetrated past discrimination against the LGBTQ community.”

Canadians are getting bad advice from the taxman

An auditor has found that Canadians are getting bad advice from the taxman, when they can get through

B.C. mining company stakes claim in Australia

Copper Mountain is set to purchase Cloncurry Copper Project in a $93-million deal.

B.C. reporter reflects on covering Charles Manson

Charles Manson, leader of a murderous cult, died on Sunday at 83

Nebraska approves TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline

Nebraska’s Public Service Commission approved TransCanada’s Keystone XL route in a close vote

Most Read