"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." ~Amelia Earhart

July 29, 2010

Inception in D-Box

My distaste for the Mall of America* decreased slightly last night. See, if the Mall of America didn’t exist and wasn’t the primary tourist attraction in the area, it would have taken much longer for Minneapolis-St. Paul to get access to D-Box. Months, maybe even years.

*It’s not awful, just over-hyped. And I’m not crazy about shopping malls to begin with.

I didn’t even know about D-Box until last night. After hearing good things about “Inception“, I decided to look up showtimes at the Mall of America. And that’s when I first heard about the technology. D-Box seats are equipped with a code that make the seats move with the movie. When a bullet hits one of the main characters, the seat gives off a rapid split-second motion. When the characters are in a helicopter, the chair rocks in time with the helicopter. I had to experience it for myself. And that’s how I ended up in a D-Box seat last night.

It was a neat experience but it’s not something I’d use all the time. It was rather expensive at $17.50 per ticket and I didn’t feel it enhanced the movie that much. Maybe Inception just wasn’t made with it in mind and the code was added as an afterthought. A criticism I’ve often heard about 3D. I may use it again for “Tron Legacy” when it comes out but, for the most part, I’ll stick to renting DVDs.

Oh, and “Inception” deserves its excellent reviews. It’s the perfect sci-fi movie, in my opinion. Very similar to “The Matrix” with lots of action (though I don’t necessarily need that), excellent acting, and an odd mind-bending science fiction theme.

When I left the theatre, I was dying for a cigarette and rushed to get outside. “Inception” can make you question reality. And the Mall of America is a little surreal in itself, especially at ten pm after all the stores are closed. You walk past Lego-Land, a store constructed almost entirely of Legos. The screams of children going on one last ride in the indoor amusement park can be heard. You walk through nearly-empty, brightly-lit, multi-story shopping mall corridors. Eventually, you head down into the bus station where automated voices announce the coming and going of the trains and digital signs announce when the next bus is leaving. Down there, decked out club girls mix with lone bus passengers and groups of loud teenage boys. For a few brief seconds, it all looked like a video game.

A sign in the food court.
Umm, gross?


Patti said...

My husband and I were in Myrtle Beach last January - talk about off-season! We went to Broadway on the Beach, which is like an outdoor mall, very touristy, boardwalks everywhere, happy 50's music playing through outdoor speakers ... and not another soul there. Seriously. Except ducks. Who followed us in a very organized, determined fashion. Talk about questioning reality. It was a little creepy.

Berryvox said...

Patti - That DOES sound bizarre, especially the ducks.