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A 2010 movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan.

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Holy Moses, that was confusing!!! But WOW, what a ride!

  • Jul 16, 2010
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I just came home from seeing Inception about an hour ago.  I think that the first thing I heard as the credits started running sums up the experience: "what the &!*#??"

Leonardo DiCaprio plays Dom, an expert at getting inside of peoples' minds (through dreaming) and stealing their secrets (known as extraction).  He has a team who help him with this, and his clients are often leaders of some of the largest and wealthiest corporations on Earth.  Ken Watanabe plays one of those leaders.  But what he wants isn't an extraction, it's an inception, in which an idea is planted in the subconscious of the targeted person.  Some on the team say it can't be done, but Dom moves the team forward on this mission--despite the incredible danger it holds for them all.

Inception plays with space, time and matter in ways we've never seen before.  It is not science fiction in the way of spaceships and alien creatures, but of the mind and its incredible powers.  The visual effects are quite amazing, especially when the world is turned upside down (or sideways).  The action in the film is quite intense and some sequences had people in the theatre with me on the edge of their seats--quite literally!  One toward the end especially is a real mind-blower (in more ways than one).

My complaint is that the concept and the story are so complex that, even with total concentration on the screen, I found it difficult (nearly impossible at times) to keep up.  I know I wasn't the only one in this situation, because I heard a lot of murmuring among the packed crowd to the tune of "What the hell just happened?"  Several few people got up and left as I think they just gave up on trying to "get it."

I think if you looked up the word "mind$$$$" in the dictionary (if it WAS in the dictionary), there would be a picture of the Inception poster next to it.  If that sounds like mad fun to you, then this is definitely your film.  If it all sounds like too much work, then you may want to pick another movie.

I liked it...I enjoyed the hell out of the effects, the action and most of the puzzle.  Maybe in a day or a week I will feel differently.  But right now, I'm giving it 4 stars.  Taking off 1 for going just a little too far.

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August 26, 2010
I agree, the vast amount of information comes too fast, they could break exposition into smaller chunks. However, I have found that having some knowledge about lucid dreaming helped me get into the film easier. And characters except Dom are just given no time at all, which I did not like. Still, Inception remains as one of the best films I have seen for a bit. It is worth your time. Definitely. I feel, that, however, Inception requires a second watch. This for me is a good thing about a film, while some do not agree with me. Nice review! Honest and detailed.
August 26, 2010
Thanks for the comment, Shandorian. I look forward to getting a second look at the movie on DVD, as I agree it is definitely one that requires multiple viewings.
 
August 11, 2010
Thank you, Betty! Such nice compliments! :) P.S. I once had positional vertigo for a year and just recently had another spell of it, but the movie didn't bother me in that way.
 
August 10, 2010
Wow, Sheri, I'm more than impressed with your review. You certainly have a way of telling it like it is. A friend asked me if I'd seen it yet... NO! I probably won't till it comes out on DVD or on TV. I seldom go out to movies anymore... That said, I'm a nut for special effects and graphics, too, but I had vertigo once and I wonder if the sideways/upside down will effect me??? I doubt it... Another thing is that I'm getting older and often fail to grasp as quickly as I once did, so this sounds like a movie I would need to see more than once...which is not bad. Thanks for sharing this honest, in-depth review. You are good at what you do... B xo
 
July 18, 2010
If it's that mind blowing, I'm going to have to see it then! Thanks for sharing, Sheri :)
 
July 17, 2010
Having read the other reviews for this movie (those that were posted as of this morning, anyway), I realized that I forgot to include one of the other weaknesses of the film (for me), which was that most of the characters were not at all fleshed out. All the character-building time was spent on DiCaprio's character, Dom.
 
July 17, 2010
Nice review. I can see how a lot of people can be alienated in the opening act, it was a lot of info to go into in a mere 10-15 minutes. Nice review!
 
July 17, 2010
Thanks, guys! I hope you enjoy Inception...you will definitely be entertained!
 
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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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