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kuddles
Jul 16, 2006

Like a fist wrapped in blood...

This is a fun and clever thriller with sci-fi tendencies that unfortunately is somewhat bloated in it's execution.

There is an obscene amount of exposition regarding the rules of what occurs in the dream state and how that effecte reality, and this is immediately followed by a quick announcement that those rules do not apply for this specific case. A huge part of the film (complete with impressive special effects) seems dedicated to confirming the notion that this is a dreamworld where the laws of reality don't apply and anything is possible. It is then followed with all scenarios in this dreamworld being rather typical, mundane environments where everyone fights with regular guns.

That said, it is certainly an entertaining thrill ride while it lasts. The sub-plot involving the main character's past coming to haunt him is also very compelling. But it is also rather pulpy and forgettable, full of inconsistencies, plot holes and convieniences which makes the championing of this film as deep and intelligent rather confusing.

3/5

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