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A 2010 movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan.

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Christopher Nolan Creates a Dream Worth Watching...

  • Jul 16, 2010

After the highly-successful “The Dark Knight” which defined the way comic book movies should be made, one wouldn’t be hard-pressed to expect nothing but the best from Christopher Nolan. “INCEPTION” has generated a strong buzz ever since the trailer debuted in previews and the worldwide web; after all, this film is written and directed by Nolan himself and with his “Batman” team assisting in the film’s production, it seems like the movie can do no wrong.

The film’s premise starts off real strong with a tight, taut, fast-paced narrative that is nicely put together and delivered with a carefully constructed approach. The opening act of the film delivers a lot of information and it is real imperative that its viewer be attentive to the film’s set up. It is a very determined approach, but to the inexperienced movie watcher, it may prove to be alienating. However, if you really do know what it is about dreams, you also see the film’s major misstep and there were some elements not fully explored. (I can discuss this via comment but I cannot go further with this observation without spoiling the film).  

   Leonardo DiCaprio as Cobb in "Inception."

                                                         Michael Caine as Miles in "Inception."

                 Marion Cotillard as Mal and Leonardo Dicaprio as Cobb in "Inception."

Dom and Arthur (Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt respectively) are two men who have a very important skill--they specialize in corporate espionage by stealing the information from the thoughts of their ‘mark’. Dom is the extractor while Arthur is the Point man. They ride the ‘field of dreams’ where they can extract the information or manipulate it out of their minds. The two are also on the run from their employer so they take it upon themselves to take on assignment of performing an ’inception’ which is the planting of an idea into the mind of another. This mission is financed by Saito (Ken Watanabe) and now the two are joined by a crack team of an architect (Ellen Page, Juno), a forger (Tom Hardy) and a chemist (Dileep Rao, Drag Me To Hell). But Dom’s past memories prove to be a major complication, as his subconscious memories of his wife Mal (Marion Cotillard) are intruding in this dream world which threaten the entire team’s lives and the success of this mission…

         Marion Cotillard as Mal in "Inception."

                                                  Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Arthur in "Inception."

                              Leonardo Dicaprio as Cobb and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Arthur in "Inception."

Christopher Nolan is one director who can keep his viewer on edge as to what would happen next. “Inception” borrows some elements of “The Matrix” and the Japanese anime “PAPRIKA” then puts it in a more believable context as in this dream world is applied to the world of corporate and political espionage. Nolan does carefully set the groundwork for this film, as the rules of the dream world are carefully brought into exposition. We learn what can be changed in this ‘fantasy world’, what are the rules for manipulation and how to go about changing a person’s idea or belief. “Inception” is carefully defined by Nolan, and it does work; it does bring the viewer into this world that is filled with wonder, as it establishes credibility in its storytelling. It makes for a real interesting film really, as we see the science of this film.

The film has an excellent way of expressing its story through dialogue and visuals. The special effects in the film were simple and yet it was real impressive. It is all because of Nolan’s steady hand in its direction, as he makes each key scene serve a purpose, each impressive effect to further make credible the rules of the “Inception”. The viewer is taken to different views of this dream world as we see a New York, a mountain fortress in a harsh snow-environment, and what they call is the third level. The film has a lot of action dispersed throughout the film and they are all handled with care, walking that line that makes it real impressive and yet having a sense of restraint that the visuals do not override the film’s plot. I loved the scenes with the revolving hotel, the gun battle in the snows cape (It would make Bond films blush) and when the ‘architect’ manipulates this dream world. I liked the way Nolan kept the film’s focus on its story rather than a grand display of technology. I do hope he keeps up this effort in trying to make intelligent filmmaking so Hollywood can wake up to the fact that movie-goers really enjoy enthralling storylines.

                                                    Leonardo Dicaprio as Cobb and Ellen Page as Ariadne in "Inception."

                              A scene from "Inception."

                 Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Arthur in "Inception."

                               Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Arthur and Leonardo DiCaprio as Cobb in "Inception."

              Ellen Page as Ariadne in "Inception."

Despite the fact that the film pays more attention to its plot and dialogue that minimizes its characterizations, the cast does do quite well. Leonardo DiCaprio is as good as ever in his portrayal of Dom Cobb. Seems like this actor is mostly playing roles that display his talent for portraying characters that are a little imbalanced and he does do it quite well. Joseph Gordon-Levitt may well be in his best role since “the Lookout” as he plays Arthur with an edgy charisma that assists the film’s pace. Ellen Page is also quite good, her character is a little underdeveloped, but I rather thought it was nice to be left some details for the imagination. Cillian Murphy is also at home with this role; I have no idea why, I always associate him with this type of roles. The rest of the supporting cast was good, Ken Watanabe maintains that commanding presence that makes him light up a scene and even Michael Caine makes a brief appearance.

“Inception” is a film with a lot of ambition. It is smart, methodical, and bold; I have to say that Nolan and company did execute the film with amazing skill most especially from a technical standpoint. The film has a heart-throbbing soundtrack by Hans Zimmer, and the film is just so good from a visual standpoint; many thanks to the team that gave us Nolan‘s “Batman” films. I guess if the film had a flaw is that it can alienating since some elements moved too fast with a relentless assault of information that some casual viewers will barely make a connection in the film’s opening scenes; others may even say that there is just too much that went on with the movie that its editing feels a little uneven but I disagree. It does lack  some solid character development (but each character does have a purpose) since the plot is highly favored in the film.

Despite some minor flaws, “Inception” is one film worth seeing in theaters. Its visuals are impressive; the action can be intense and stylish with an execution of brilliant restraint makes for a highly recommended film. Christopher Nolan delivers, but I advise everyone to keep their expectations low; this way you can be caught by surprise.

Highly Recommended! [4 ½ Out of 5 Stars]

Hype Level: Christopher Nolan always generates high expectations. I guess the film does match the hype fans gave it.

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January 15, 2011
Ok i had to watch this one twice to really understand all of it but once it all came togeather it was awsome! I agree with you on the favorite scenes the part with the building as the sky was so neat looking....i also liked the part in the hotel when there is no.gravity.
January 15, 2011
Cool. This was one of those movies that satisfied my eyes and at the same time, it had a pretty good plot. My only complaint after watching it twice would be that some scenes could've been shorter and some parts dragged a little bit. Those scenes are the ones that definitely could get this the stamp of 'classic'. How are you, Meghan? review?
January 15, 2011
Im well, glad the holidays are over you? I guess the time has come to explain my recent lack of computer died a few months ago and i havnt gotten around to fixing it yet so all of my online activitys are limited to my android phone which is great except reviews are just to hard to do on this thing. And when i do get my computer fixed im gonna be very busy since my computer departed ive read like 17 books!
July 19, 2010
Thanks for the wonderful review Woo - I love DiCaprio and I definitely want to see this one! I love reading your reviews; they are always so informative and precise. Thanks...Brenda
July 19, 2010
Thanks, Brenda. I believe you will enjoy this one a lot.
July 17, 2010
Great review, William! I want to see this one so much! I finally went to the movies last night, but we saw a comedy, lol! I didn't even see that Inception was out because they didn't have a late night showing where I live. Totally lame!
July 19, 2010
which comedy did you guys go see? Maybe we can see a review? You know what is funny, I went to see SORCERER'S APPRENTICE today and the earliest show was cancelled because there wasn't enough folks but I still saw it on the later show. I do hope you see this.. :)
July 19, 2010
"Grownups." I'm planning to write the review because Alex wanted to read it. I wanted to do that yesterday, but I've been feeling sick. I'm not sure if I will see "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" anytime soon, but I will let you know. :)
July 19, 2010
me too. I wanna read it. I think you should rent the Sorcerer's apprentice; I gave it a 2.5 star rating.
July 20, 2010
(laughs) Glad people want to read my reviews! I'll try to have it up by tomorrow. I wasn't feeling the greatest today (am sick), but I'm determined to write something of substance tomorrow. I'll see about renting "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" when it comes out too. :-)
July 17, 2010
Man I want to see this so bad, especially after reading this, EXCELLENT REVIEW my friend.
July 17, 2010
thanks for the read as always, bud. I was going to see the SORCERER'S APPRENTICE today but the awesomeness of this movie was still fresh and I won't be able to give it a fair review if I saw it back to back. I'll probably go tomorrow.
July 17, 2010
Let me know how it is WP.
July 17, 2010
Nice review. I gave it 4 stars (sorry, my review is over in Scotman's Sci-fi community--I sure wish Lunch allowed us to add a review to more than one community). I don't know how much you knew about the movie going in, but I'm curious--did you expect a bit more explanation from the outset about what they were doing? I guess I wasn't expecting to have the movie start with this "business" already being underway. I think I was expecting more explanation rather than being tossed into this world from the first scene and trying to put together what was happening.
July 17, 2010
No problem, Sheri, but the reasons why Lunch won't allow us to post the same review in multiple communities makes sense; @jrjohnson explained it in the comment section of this review. Some folks had left so some of the info in the comments aren't as detailed. Just put your reviews where you feel it belongs. But I am not affiliated with that community ;)

The opening act would've taken me aback, but I guess I am used to Nolan's style of filmmaking. As me and Sean were talking about Nolan is all about ambiquity and lets his viewer be involved in putting together some of his story's elements. I'll check out your review a little later, I probably missed it because it's in another community; these days, seems like my time is being taken by this community LOL! 
July 17, 2010
One of my favorite directors, a great cast, and an intriguing premise. Okay, I'm going to have to see this ASAP. Great review, Woo.
July 17, 2010
I thought the $ 9.00 I spent to see it in Imax was well-spent. I hope you review it for our community.
July 17, 2010
Well, that's a real possibility. Not now obviously, but at some point I want to have all of Nolan's films reviewed.
July 17, 2010
Hmm. This ounds like something I'm going to have to see on DVD>. I know, I know. Special effects won't look as good, blah blah blah. But the fact is that I don't sop up information like I used to and if they are going to hit me with a lot of important stuff all at once then I'm going to need a rewind or an immediate second viewing.
July 17, 2010
Hey, Karen, do whatever you need to and I totally understand if you feel that you may need multiple viewings to appreciate this one; but please make time to see it! It is pretty good, but I do feel that the opening scenes in the 1st half may indeed warrant a 2nd look. Just don't miss it.
July 17, 2010
I appreciate the forwarning of this one. I hate being confused and feeling the need to see a movie over again immediately when I can't afford to do so. I really do think that waiting fot the DVD may be my best option. But I do have every intention of seeing it as soon as possible when it's released on DVD.
July 16, 2010
I was expecting you to drop this review, say, about 12 hours ago ;P Between your and Sean's review, I think I'm going to have to see this tonight!
July 16, 2010
All I have got to say is YOU HAVE TO GO SEE THIS! But temper your expectations; make sure you listen carefully to the opening scenes. It is a chore but sets ups everything so you can put together some of its underlying layers. I was going to see another flick tonight but after I just saw this, I think no movie in theaters will be judged fairly since it is still fresh in my brain. I may go see it again.
July 17, 2010
oh, btw, Lady D, I hope you do see this movie and review for our community. :)
July 16, 2010
Christopher Nolan is a guy who explores the thrill of Ambiguity a lot, I've noticed.  Many of his films outside of those Batman movies (particularly Memento and The Prestige) center quite heavily on forcing the audience to think and perhaps put two and two together for themselves.  I don't want to spoil it here, but the ending of Inception is actually a great example of how Nolan likes to be ambiguous.  Memento did something similar in which the audience is left to define the ending for themselves (if you haven't seen Memento, I highly recommend it, it's probably his best film). 

I'm actually suggesting that people go see this one a second time if they still have any questions because in almost every scene there's something new for the audience to absorb.
July 16, 2010
This was good--I actually had to maintain my focus in the overflow of info in the first act of the film. It is a bold approach, I really enjoyed this one a lot.

SPOILER ALERT: the one element that I thought was a misstep was when they could 'read" some documents in the opening scenes; dreams occur in one side of the brain while reading occurs on the opposite side, so it was a suspension of disbelief for me since I know you can process letters in a dream but it does make a good arguement of explaining it by giving an idea of an explanation (one you have to put together) near the climax.

Nolan knows how to play his viewer. What did you think of the ending?

I loved Memento! I think I should review it one of these days.
July 16, 2010
Well, I think for Inception it's that when they're in a dream, they can still function like normal within that dream in and of itself.  But I liked how external forces could manipulate things.  In the beginning when they give him a "kick" and he falls into the bath tub, for example and suddenly all the water floods his dreams... that was incredible.  And when they were free-falling and Arthur is suddenly floating in zero gravity as a result?  It's amazing stuff.  I've never seen anything like it in a movie before.
July 16, 2010
I know what you mean. It does answer my previous misgivings about that side of the brain thing but only after I put things together and come up with a possible answer myself. I liked the way you discussed the 'dream within a dream thing' in your review. I also tripped up when I saw that scene with Ellen Page learning to manipulate things. So the ending--what's your take on it? Nolan cut it short so it seems but I think that thing was about to fall. I idn't wait until the closing credits finished because I needed to go to the restroom. any added scenes?
July 16, 2010
I didn't stay after the credits either, but I like how he left it open.  He never shows it fall.  I actually think it's possible that he's still dreaming and trapped in Limbo.  When he wakes up on the plane, I think he's dived even deeper and that this it's just another dream. 
July 17, 2010
Actually, I take it back.  I think that in the end everything turned out just fine for Cobb in the end.  But it's really good ambiguity don't you think?
July 17, 2010
yes it sure got me thinking enough to ask. LOL! But that thing sure was spinning a lot longer than one would expect....
July 18, 2010
I will play devil's advocate. The top does not fall. Cobb was still dreaming and it was his wife who was right. SPOILERS...if I am not mistaken, Cobb's children are still at the same place in the yard that he always remembers them, the same age, wearing the same clothes. Coincidence? The problem is that Cobb has never allowed himself to see their faces when he was dreaming, but suspends that rule at the end of the film. At that point, he is stuck.

Two things that were instructive for me were:

1.  The illusion when Cobb was in real life, running down an alleyway, which basically crunched him at the other end.  The walls ran toward each other, which is normally an illusion created by distance.  Something we are told can be done when a dream world is created by an architect. 

2.  Cobb has already grown old once with his wife.  Using the concept of the exponential elapsing of time as dreams are nestled inside dreams, it would seem that Cobb and his wife must have explored to a deeper level to have aged decades while remaining relatively young in real life.  That does not mean that they did not previously jump from one level to the next before the train arrives.  But it seems that the train is the first time they have killed themselves...meaning they have only gone up one level that we are aware of. is an interesting question.  Why were there no "projections" in Cobb's dream world?  When he is dreaming or taking his architect into his world, they are alone.  At least until they arrive at Mal's location.  But I was curious if the lack of projections had significance.  It did make me wonder at times whose dream we were really in.
July 19, 2010
yes, that was real interesting. I really thought the same that Cobb must've stucked when I saw the kids. It was curious that he was now 'projecting' in his own subconcious (Michael Caine and everyone else); it was a good use of ambiguity but I could've sworn that the top was ready to fall--it was supposed to spin smoothly after all. and I am pretty sure Cobb is going to try the test again. You guys should see the Japanese anime PAPRIKA.
August 05, 2010
nope he didn't have a ring. saw the movie twice...
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Inception is a 2010 American science fiction film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine. DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a thief  who extracts information from the subconscious mind of his victims while they dream. Unable to visit his children, Cobb is offered a chance to regain his old life in exchange for one last job: performing inception, the planting of an idea into the mind of his client's competitor.
Development began roughly nine years before Inception was released. In 2001, Nolan wrote an 80-page treatment about dream-stealers, presenting the idea to Warner Bros. The story was originally written as a heist film, inspired by concepts of lucid dreaming and dream incubation. Feeling he needed to have more experience with large-scale films, Nolan opted to work on Batman Begins, The Prestige and The Dark Knight. He spent six months polishing up the script for Inception before Warner Bros. purchased it in February 2009. Filming spanned six countries and four continents, beginning in Tokyo on June 19, 2009 and finishing in Canada in late November of the same year. Composer Hans Zimmer scored the film, using parts of Edith Piaf's song "Non, je ne regrette rien".
Inception was officially budgeted at $160 million, a cost that was split between Warner Bros. and Legendary ...
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Director: Christopher Nolan
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: July 16, 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Christopher Nolan
Runtime: 148 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, Syncopy Films, Legendary Pictures
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