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A 2010 movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan.

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  • Jul 22, 2010

Before you see Inception, grab your Gingko-Biloba or whichever new age vitamin/drug will quicken your synaptic connections. You're going to need it. You SHOULDN'T see Inception if you aren't prepared to push your brain into overdrive. You're going to be thinking and trying to sort things out from the opening sequence to the twist-ish ending. 

This film is, in essence, a quintessential action flick. The special effects are mind-blowing. The constraints of the dream world are few, and Christopher Nolan didn't forget that while making Inception. 

The concepts of Inception are complex. It is for this reason that the first half of the two and a half hour long gauntlet is laden with explanation. Explanation of the rules of the dream world, but it is necessary. It's easy to feel bogged down during the first half, trying to sort all the rules you're being given so quickly, but trust me when I say it pays off in the second half. 

This film is 100% constructed for multiple viewings. And yes, things make much more sense the second time around, but it doesn't detract from the first. After you see this film, you will leave the theater with your mind reeling. You're probably going to be as drained as if you had taken a two and a half hour calculus lesson. But try again to trust me when I say it's totally worth it.

My one criticism of this film is the emotional connection Nolan tries to establish with the audience. It doesn't work. We're asked to feel sympathy for the relationship between Cobb (DiCaprio) and Mal (Marion Cotillard), but she, in his dream world, is a cold, callous, mechanical being. The emotional content seems dry and without chemistry. They seem like two people who are desperately trying to collide but just keep shooting past each other. 

My only other criticism is of the criticism of this film (try that on for the "dream within a dream" concept). It seems that many people are most admiring of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance in this film. Yes, he was great. No, he's no longer the little boy from Third Rock From the Sun. But Ellen Page kills it in this film. Yes, she's already a well established actress that's helmed the leading role in several films, but she's great as Ariadne. Marion Cotillard is entrancing as Mal. But the one performance I was most amazed by was Cillian Murphy as Fischer. He was the one character for which I actually felt sincere sympathy. He deserves all the recognition in the world for this role. Don't forget about him.

Inception is great. It's above our heads at times. It's in our face at times. It's gripping ALL the time. See it. You have to.

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October 24, 2010
Also... just found it hits DVD on 7 December! Woot! http://amzn.to/9MwzKB
October 24, 2010
Great review! Chris Nolan seems to have a habit of casting one incredibly annoying person in each film (like Katie Holmes in Batman and Ellen Page in this). That being said, I've seen in three times and I'm practically salivating at the mouth for the DVD...
August 05, 2010
Great Review, and I totally agree with you... it's an amazing movie that suits itself well to being "re-watched" :)
August 05, 2010
Great review. You are very detailed and funny. The advice was good for a laugh but I found it unnecessary when I saw the movie a few days ago. As for your comment about Cilliam Murphy I agree with you, he was wonderful and amazing.
August 02, 2010
Can't wait to see it; and I love your advice about taking Gingko-Biloba; I'll heed the warning! LOL Great review!
July 23, 2010
Great review, Victoria! I'll take your advice and remember to stay alert and focused. Thanks for sharing!
July 23, 2010
Great review, sounds like it's almost difficult to review a movie with so much complexity, but I now really want to see the movie now.
July 23, 2010
Thanks for sharing your opinion of this film. I am totally with you that one needs to bring his thinking hat when they see this film; I really enjoyed this movie. Nice work!
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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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