Last night, Gage and I saw Inception, written and directed by Christoper Nolan (writer/director of the demented memory flip book that is "Memento" and the freakery of Gotham City in "The Dark Knight").
As in his other films, Nolan again created a complicated, multileveled (in theory as well as narrative), challenging, cerebral experience. This time around, he delves into the creative process, the construction of experience and concepts of inspiration. I was disappointed when these themes disappeared as the story became more about the of the actual espionage and continually occurring obstacles, rather than the conception of the plan.
Heightened by time disparities, exact punctuality becomes essential and creative problem solving becomes more than just necessary, but life saving. I suppose that the creative process is threaded through out the film by these clever solutions and Nolan does have a wonderful way of placing a familiar genre inside a visual landscape that seems new... I feel I have no justification to criticize such genius, but the basic heist, caper, job (whatever name you want to give it) is still just that.
There were also some ideas that I think went amiss, I don't want to spoil any of it - seeing this movie more than once seems inevitable. As with Memento, you need to know the details of various levels in order to create your own spin of it all. I think I will bring a notebook and pen with me the second time.