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And I so wanted to prove this smug-sounding review wrong—it turned out to be pretty squarely on the money. My AFI-alum wife explains to me, as she typically does when I groan about the latest cinematic disappointment, that Christopher Nolan probably sacrificed the opportunity to make movie that would be interesting for the opportunity to make a movie that would be seen. This, she tells me, explains why it is loaded with a bunch of humdrum action sequences (car chases! snowmobiles! explosions!) rather than delving into the more chin-stroking questions of what it might be like to putt around inside a fellow’s subconscious. My rejoinder, though, is why tease us poor chin-strokers in the first place? Seems there must be an endless supply of stock scripts that could be turned into a car-chasing, snowmobile-riding, explosion-riddled summer action mind-number.
Anyway, Since Nolan had done such a wonderful job in Memento, telling the story of an amnesiatic protagonist in five-minute increments in reverse chronological order, I was fully expecting something more than what he offered in Inception. Michel Gondry’s work in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind remains the standard-bearer for story-telling from within the subconscious. Thus, to cheer myself up, here are screencaps from some of the best scenes from that movie: