Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
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Sorceror, Inception, Restrepo, Cyrus

I put in 62 hours last week, and was at least marginally sick through most of it. Then there were movies...

"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" is a first rate fantasy adventure, the best such that I can remember since "Prince Caspian". This isn't because the plot is particularly tight, but because the movie understands that this sort of thing should be FUN. There is a live action reprise (with lots of CGI) of the famous "Sorcerer's Apprentice" sequence from "Fantasia" that is a great deal of fun.

"Inception" is an effects movie that takes itself WAY too seriously. I suspect that director Nolan thinks he had something to say, but I have no clue what that might have been, and no interest in learning. The script has no charm and very little wit. The plot has two unforgivable flaws: First, the action/adventure portion of the plot hangs on precisely juggling four different narratives all moving at different speeds, and Nolan never bothered to figure out what the actual relationships between the levels were. That is, every time they mentioned the different rates that time moved at the different levels, they used a different proportion. The other thing that made me gnash my teeth is the silliness of the idea of "inception"; planting an idea is someone's mind is about as difficult as buying a cup of coffee; the subconscious is a sponge that steals credit for everything it can get away with. On the other hand, some of the visuals are breathtaking, and the cast is quite good, even if they don't have a great deal to work with.

"Restrepo" is an Afghan war documentary, and excellent. The title is the surname of a soldier who died early in a 15 month deployment, and also an outpost that was subsequently constructed to reduce incoming fire. The candid footage is intercut with survivor's interviews shot during post deployment de-brief in Italy. This movie is obviously not for everyone, but it seems to capture the reality quite well.

"Cyrus" is billed as a comedy; it's more of a deranged relationship drama. The cast is solid, but the characters are fundamentally ill-conceived, as is the plot. Some of the scenes are very touching, and some of them are creepy as hell, but for the most part this movie is unpleasant to watch, and gives you nothing in return for your time.

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