Inception, directed by the incomparable Christopher Nolan, was released over a year ago. We saw the film then. The premise is that a means of entering the collective unconscious of dreams through drugs and a technical apparatus has been invented. Dreamers can travel as a group to various layers of dreams and ferret out secret information about political people and corporations. Inception is essentially a gigantic heist, using this technology. The film is so complex and multilayered, we wanted to see it a second time right away. But we held off, savoring the pleasure of seeing it later and exploring the film’s nuances another time.

We weren’t disappointed. You have to buy the premise in the first place, of course—which is very cyberpunkish—or the rest won’t work for you. The cast is excellent, the special effects breathtaking, the smart, complex story never less than intriguing, and a deeply emotional personal story is interwoven with the action that directly relates to the premise. Storytellers, take note.

I became a Chris Nolan fan with his first film, Momento, another masterpiece of psychological and science fictional complexity with a heist, interwoven with a deeply emotional personal story. Guy Pearce, an actor I like very much, is terrific.

I wish I could say the same about Beautiful Creatures, but I can’t. This is yet another YA paranormal romance based on a bestselling book—which I haven’t read—and suffers from similar problems as City of Bones, which I reviewed here in an earlier blog. Both expensively produced films were flops.

Like City of Bones, the complex urban fantasy of Beautiful Creatures is clumsily laid out and consummated. Also like the other film, perhaps most unfortunately of all, the young male and female leads just can’t carry the film. If you ever wondered what movie people mean when they say that, these two films are proof. The young actress who supposedly is born to be one of the Beautiful Creatures is decidedly unbeautiful (sorry).

The best thing about Beautiful Creatures is the voice-over introduction during which the young man, trapped in a dead-end town in the American South, tells how he yearns to become a writer and we see flying by on the screen the book jackets of avant-garde tomes of the late 1950s: Jack Keroac’s On the Road and (gasp!) William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch.

So there you have it, my friends. Inception—Recommended. (Memento, too.) Skip Beautiful Creatures unless you want to kill an hour and a half on mediocre YA urban fantasy. I, for one, don’t believe in killing time.

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