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2 hours, 28 minutes
I'm probably going to have to watch this movie again in order to fully understand it. And I don't mean that in a bad way. I just finished it and I have that same feeling I had after watching the finale of LOST (for those of you who didn't watch LOST, it means I'm staring at the TV, mouth open, and saying, "what just happened?" ). Don't get me wrong, I thought it was a good movie. If you like movies that make you think for two and a half hours, then this movie is definitely for you. I'm just saying now that I (kinda) know what's going on, I want to re-watch it to see what I missed the first time. Yeah, it's one of those kind of movies. I had heard that you could see it multiple times and catch something new each time. I have no doubt now that is true.
I thought the acting in this movie was really good. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, who I must say is a pretty good actor. I might have to go back and watch other movies of his that I've missed. Until last year when I saw Shutter Island, the last movie I saw with him in it was The Man in the Iron Mask. There was a large supporting cast, but I felt Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who I will forever call the kid from Angels in the Outfield, no matter what other roles he does), Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, and Marion Cotillard were all impressive. With the exception of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I had only seen the others in a handful of movies, but I felt they did a really good job in this one. I enjoyed seeing Michael Caine in it as well, although he had a very small role.
I'm not a "CG" nerd by any means, but I thought the special effects in this movie were done well. It was nominated for the Oscar of Achievement in Visual Effects and I must say they are very deserving of it. It's so hard to get into details of the effects without giving away some part of the movie, so I won't. There were multiple scenes that I feel were made so much better due to the visual effects.
The script itself was pretty good. The story is an unusual one, but original (at least I had never seen/heard one like it before). There seemed to be a few story lines left undeveloped and/or unresolved. BUT, it also could just be something I missed the first time, so I might change that statement after I re-watch it.
My only complaint was the excessive use of the Lord's name in vain. If you know me at all, you know that really bothers me. For a full parental guide to the movie, including the details of the "violent scenes", go here.
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