Salt vs Inception

2 weekends ago I saw Salt, the movie not the spice, and last weekend I saw Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the ultimate secret stealer.  Both movies were good, but only one left me thinking about it afterward.

Salt, starring Angelina Jolie as the ‘is she or isn’t she a Russian mole in the CIA,’ was originally written and designed for Tom Cruise who bowed out because he felt it was too close to his Mission Impossible character.  Despite being intended for a man Jolie made the role her own and nailed it.  She’s an absolute beauty to watch on the screen and her stunts were flawless.  My only complaint is that the stunner has become a praying mantis; someone needs to get that woman a pizza and fries.  The plot of the film is complex, but easily graspable and the director does a stellar job of leaving you hanging as long as he can as to whether Evelyn Salt is a good guy or a bad guy.  And then after the bombs and the shootings and the many karate kicks, the movie is over in the same manner as Jason Bourne’s Supremacy with a freezing body of water and a sequel.  I’d also like to mention that the start of Salt is like a kick in the chin so if you haven’t seen it yet, brace yourself.

Inception, on the other hand, is like a dream.  The main idea is not terribly hard to understand, but it’s the maze of  getting there that keeps you from wanting to blink.  The cast is integral to the film and each player moves like a chess piece across the board to tell the story.  It’s a bit Matrix-y in the special effects department, but I actually didn’t mind it as much as I thought I would from the previews.  Honestly, I wasn’t that excited to see this film and if you haven’t guessed by now, this was the film that kept me intrigued for a good hour or so after the movie ended.  The director makes an obvious and predictable choice at the end that leaves the audience hanging, but it’s a good choice nonetheless because the clues are endless.  Leo and his crew infiltrate your dreams to steal ideas and in one particular case, to plant an idea.  So is this a sci-fi story about reality or just a dream of a man who has lost his children…or is it perhaps none of the above?  I won’t tell you what I’ve come up with except to say that the 2.5 hours of film had me in the palm of its hand every single second.

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