Friday, August 6, 2010
Inception lacks stakes
Watching the film, I couldn't help thinking that he'd been told this, so he lathered on some dialogue to justify Sato's desire to break up his rival's company - "they'll control the world's energy!" and more dialogue to motivate Dobb - "you'll get to go home". But this is the clumsiest and least effective way of achieving something so basic and important to screenplays. I never believe what a character says. It's what a character DOES that matters. So injecting stakes by dialogue doesn't convince.
Ultimately, the concept of entering dreams is interesting and impressively achieved, thanks to the effects, but I never stopped wondering why are we bothering? Why do we care? In the end, I didn't.