From the opening moments of people falling off rooftops to Wahlberg's conversation with a plant, there is not a moment to be believed. It seems to be an environmentalist statement, yet none of the characters was worth caring about. Ranks as one of the oddest "serious dramas" ever, and sadly, one of the worst.
Aaron Ralston (Franco) is an adventurous type who becomes trapped by a boulder in Utah, and realizes his own vulnerabilities. Superbly told using unique visual techniques that make a claustrophobic setting interesting. James Franco holds viewers captivated with a strong performance.
In what has to be one of the most backwards career trajectories in history, this once fine director continues to undo his resume. There was the amazing 'The Sixth Sense,' the entertaining 'Unbreakable,' and the suspenseful 'Signs.' These films pointed to a new rising talent in M. Night Shyamalan. Then slowly, through 'The Village,' 'Lady in the Water,' and especially 'The Happening,' his star declined. Now we get this simplistic mess called 'The Last Airbender.' The characters are not well-developed, while the effects barely help keep viewer interest. It is a shame to see such talent go to waste.
'Inception' is one of the most entertainingly clever movies in a long time. DiCaprio and the cast provide uniformly solid performances, not easy given the labyrinthine plot they serve. It is wonderous to look at for the art design and the visual effects. A marvelous film!