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Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobbs rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.DVD and 720p Quality PC, Mac, PS3 and XBOX 360 COMPATIBLE
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arnie93 (24 May 2013)
Inception by far the best by Christopher Nolan's work. I watched thewith a mindset that I would not match Dark Knight but then again whereit was Heath Ledger who was the Hero from the movie Dark Knight. It wasChris Nolan was stole the show in this one. Surely the best movie ofthis year. A movie even when it ends it casts an impression in onesmind, questioning ones belief in reality. This the movie that I wannaown the Blueray disc of when it gets released in DVD. I would give it9/10. And yes will surely watch it again in the theater the end of thismonth, just so as to savor this brilliant masterpiece from therevolutionary director Mr. Nolan.
bayou_hannibal (24 May 2013)
As Christopher Nolan's budgets get bigger, his movies get worse. He isan excellent director when he is given a project that isn't overlyambitious. With his more "epic", "blockbuster" films though, he shows alot more weaknesses. Nothing illustrates those weaknesses more thanInception. It is a movie that starts off at the same level as Memento,but declines and hits rock bottom on the same level as the recentTransformers movies. I'm not exaggerating when I say that the last 45minutes or so of the movie is that bad. It is nothing but the sameloud, poorly shot, poorly choreographed, and boring action that hasspread throughout movies nowadays like a disease.For at least the first hour, I could see why this movie got such greatreviews. It presents itself initially as a dark and surreal Ocean'sEleven. The first act is spent acquainting us with the rules of dreamthievery while the main character, Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio),assembles his "safecracking" team. In typical caper movie fashion, hefinds the specialists that he needs, all of whom have their own talentsand personalities. There is the chemist who will whip up the specialcocktail needed to sedate everyone for this special job. There thedream actor who can impersonate anyone. There is the financier whohired Cobb and wants to come along to monitor his investment. There isthe architect responsible for building the dreamscapes in which the"safecrackers" will pull off their caper. The target of this scheme isRobert Fischer (Cilian Murphy), the sole heir to a huge corporateempire. The purpose of this scheme is not to steal anything, but toimplant the idea into Fischer's head that he should break up hisfather's empire. To do that, Cobb and his buddies concoct an incrediblycomplex scheme that involves a dream within a dream within a dream.For a while, I thought that I was in heaven. But then, in Act II whenthe caper officially starts, I began to feel doubts. Within minutes,there is a massive car chase and the bullets are flying from alldirections. When the dreaming starts, you get a taste of what the restof the movie is going to be like. Tons and tons of shooting, chases,and action that drags on and on despite having almost no relevance tothe plot. It's bad in the dream, it's pretty bad in the dream within adream, and Holy Jesus, is it ever awful in the dream within a dreamwithin a dream.As the movie progresses, the action becomes more pointless and theaction scenes become progressively harder to follow. Dozens of guys whodress like Secret Service agents are gunned down or karate chopped todeath. Approximately a half hour is one gigantic non-stop action scenethat takes place across all of the dream levels. While the idea of ahalf hour of non-stop action might sound nice, it drags horribly.Almost no plot development takes place this entire time. There is ashot of a van slowly falling towards the water. Across the long actionscene, that van is shown about five or six times. By the time that youare done with this movie, you will be sick to death of seeing thatstupid van falling towards the water.Why is it that this movie can't make gunfire and car chases exciting?For starters, the action is very poorly choreographed. You get no senseof location. The challenges that the good guys are facing aren'tclearly laid out. Who is where? How many bad guys are there? What youdo get is good old shaky-cam, loads of CGI, Matrix-inspired floating,and close-ups of dudes shooting guns. In other words, you get the crapthat has virtually destroyed action movies nowadays. Today's directorscould learn a lot from action classics like Commando and Die Hard.Speaking of CGI, this movie also has tons of that, and it istechnologically impressive, but mostly pointless. The one scene thateverybody seems to rave about is the Paris scene where half of the citygets folded in over itself. Eh Â whatever. It looks cool, but Â whocares? When did this become part of having a great movie? And why is itthat the Road Warrior and the original Star Wars still look cooler tome than modern movies with five times the budget?While I enjoyed most of the non-action parts, this also is probablyNolan's most pretentious movie. The movie starts with the line "What isthe most resilient parasite?" The answer: "an idea". What is thistwaddle? Ideas aren't like parasites. I'm constantly seeing ideasbrought up, shot down, and forgotten about. And why do you need to tellme this Â to look smart? Inception is constantly throwing new dreamrules at you, and by the end they are a confusing mess. It is thesekinds of problems that inspire people to criticize Inception as being adumb movie that tries to position itself as a smart one.To sum it all up, I think that Inception, in 20 years, will not beviewed by Christopher Nolan fans as one of his best. In fact, I believethat it is his worst film. This guy cannot do good action, and when hehas a budget to spend, it seems to just make the movie longer andprettier, but not better. From these criticisms, you might get theimpression that I hated the movie. I didn't. Even during the mostboring scenes, I wanted the whole scheme to work, and I cared about DomCobb enough to be hoping that he would triumph in the end. I did enjoyit enough to watch the movie a second time, just to see if I would likeit better. I had the same feelings again Â falling in love at first,only to be disappointed in the end.
drklabs (23 May 2013)
"THE BOX" = "INCEPTION" People that says it all.Following a lot ofswearing words that IMDb doesn't let me to write i was an one moreunethically forced victim of the reviews that i presume that directionof movie paid for all those people to write positive comments and guesswhat giving a 10? and calling a masterpiece to this Ultimate NightmareGangrene.You Must Be Shiting Me.This is the No one WILL NEVER SEE THEEND MOVIE OF THE WHOLE CENTURY .This is the real Neverending story.Ifthere's a little brain left in your head people stay away!!!This is thehyper money sucking utter trash ever made in human history.God Mercy usfrom now and on this is indication of what level of insanity human racemanaged to get and be thankful for.This is the 60 min sleeping alertfrom the 2 hours and a half that whole movie takes long to finish.Afterthe first 45-60min you will be dreaming your worst nightmare Mr Nolan'sor whatever directors name is dreams with filling his pockets with yourmoney Thats all about this movie that left in my brain.I Don't WANT TOHEAR ANYMORE THE WORDS IN MY LIFE "DREAMING" OR "DREAMS" OR ANYTHING TODO WITH THIS MOVIE.You must be really smart to watch this movie @-@!!!But .... i am not sorry
atmictraveller (22 May 2013)
I went to see Inception ready to see another Memento. Other reviewsmade me believe that Inception is thought-provoking, intelligent, andthat viewing it requires constant attention. What I ended up viewingwas a movie with a decent and interesting plot-line, but with nothingto stir my mind.I think the main reason people think Inception is intelligent are lotsof rules about dreaming that are at times a bit difficult to keep upwith. The difficulty in keeping up with the rules lies in their greatnumber - not in their complexity or innovation. All those rules arecompletely arbitrary, they don't stem from anything, cannot be reachedthrough reasoning and they form no grand picture. You can dream withina dream. Time passes more slowly the deeper you go in a dream. Changingyour appearance is apparently a special skill in a dream... If Nolandecided to go with different rules, they would still make the sameamount of sense. Most of the rules feel very contrived, their onlypurpose to push the plot forward or to add to the sense of action. E.g.Security gets tighter as you go deeper into a dream. Of course - youneed to have more action as the apex of the movie nears.Dreams as presented in this movie have nothing to do with real dreams.Even aside from the contrived rules, they are way too orderly andsensible. So I don't get how anyone can feel thought-provoked by whatis obviously fiction. Sure, one can be amazed with the idea that we'reliving in The Matrix, because for all we know, it might be true. Onecan also be amazed at the aspects of a work of fiction that pertain toreality. But how one can be fascinated with a presentation of dreamsthat we already know is incorrect is beyond me.Perhaps people are fascinated with the idea that what we see may not bereality. But seriously, have you never questioned your sense of realitybefore seeing this movie? When people say they're thought-provoked, I think they're confusingtheir thoughts with their feelings. The movie has an air of mystery,and viewers will get a sense of discovery as they became acquaintedwith the option of entering other people's dreams. Yet those arefeelings. What exactly is there to ponder about? Hordes of reviewerssay that they were left thinking, but few of them share with usspecific thoughts they had.Inception is actually a good movie. I liked a lot of scenes, andeveryone played their parts well. But if people get thought-provokedwith movies like this, it's a sure sign of how dumbed-down we aregetting by the media.
mblueyesm (19 May 2013)
We are so lucky Christopher Nolan chose to use all that insanity in theMovie Industry for our viewing pleasure!!... Honestly, how can such abrilliant story be told in such a mastering way and all coming from oneman (and obviously a glorious team of actors and special effects crew)?I thought Memento was mind-boggling complex but this one...by the timethey are all dressed in white I was already hopelessly lost, barelygrasping what they were on about. The special effects are flawless butthey don't leave you with that Avatar "I feel like I'm watching a videogame someone else is playing" feeling. 6 stars! And I think it does NOTstop spinning in the end!... Brilliant!!
kieronboote-134-969472 (19 May 2013)
"Inception" is nothing more than a stupid, high-concept movie with anideal target audience of geeky 14 year old boys who have littleinterest in the opposite sex. It's hard to believe therefore that thisfilm has an average IMDb rating of 8.9 and has received such ecstaticlevels of praise on this site.So, why don't I think that it is any good? Firstly, what is it "about"?What are it's themes? Genuinely great contemporary film makers of therational world , such as Michael Haneke, explore the fundamentalelements of human experience and modern society. Haneke has exploredthe failure of communication, the influence of media, the difficultiesof multi-culteralism, the survival of humanity and culture, the impactof violence etc etc. In comparison "Inception" has no themes ororiginal ideas. The most interesting visual moments are lifted from avariety of sources ranging from "2001" to James Bond. The basicnarrative consists of the struggle to make one huge corporationslightly bigger than another. Where is the human element in that? Whereare the morals? Where is the redemption? The Capitalist system ishelping the extremely rich get richer Â the wealth of the richest 1%has doubled over the last 10 years Â but do ordinary office workers andblue collars workers, who are getting screwed by the system, carewhether one faceless giant corporation overcomes another? Where is thedrama when you don't care about the outcome and don't care about thecharacters? It's a film that has no philosophical or human dimension.Indeed the treatment of the "Mal" character and the failure to have herimpose some sense of human or emotional responsibility on the Cobbcharacter show the film to actually be as morally bankrupt as thecasino bankers. Human emotion and relationships are overlooked by boyswho are in thrall to their CGI toys.Does it achieve what it sets out to deliver so far as atmosphere andtone are concerned? That great modern film maker of the subconsciousworld, David Lynch, has shown us that Cinema can show the dreams andnightmares of the human psyche, can show the "other world" that livesjust below the tangible surface. But "Inception" use of dream statesand the "dream within a dream" is extremely mundane. Comparing a workof genius, such as "Mulholland Drive", with this pedestrian fantasydemonstrates what a failure in atmosphere there is in this film."Inception" is also completely lacking in sex. How can you have a filmabout dream states and the subconscious that is as flat and banal asthis? Perhaps Christopher Nolan isn't comfortable in exploring thisarea? That might explain why he has agreed to cast Anne Hathaway,surely one of the least sexy leading ladies in modern cinema ( unlessyou get excited by the 11 year old/"Bambi" look ) as sex icon Catwomanin his upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises". You just know all of thecurves on this Catwoman are going to be part of the suit and as fake asthe "philosophy" in "Inception"! I've enjoyed several of Nolan'searlier films and I think "Memento" in particular is a fascinating filmand a film that actually DOES have themes - of identity, memory andguilt. However, I think his move into the world of "intelligentBlockbusters" ( as if there can be such a thing!? ) have made him losehis way.The cast are uniformly flat in their performances. Some excellentperformers such as Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard, Pete Postlethwaiteetc are wasted in underdeveloped roles. At the core of the film is theperpetually furrowed brow and dead eyes of Leonardo Di Crapio. Indeed,one of the great mysteries of the modern cinema age is what, oncegreat, filmmaker Martin Scorsese sees in this rubber faced, bland, notparticularly intelligent presence. That's not to say that great sci-fican't be made with a not very bright leading man. The first "Matrix"film is a wonderful film despite the somewhat befuddled presence ofKeanu. But it is a great film because it has ideas, human drama,personal politics and the subtext that "Inception" lacks.The pacing throughout "Inception" is turgid, oh how I waited and waitedfor that white van to fall, and the po-faced self importance of thewhole thing is laughable.Now that the big corporations own the studios, the distribution and thecinemas the films that get force fed to the public are decided by airheads in suits. As a result the average audience's exposure tointelligent cinema is in serious decline. It's a shame that anessentially vacuous piece of escapism like "Inception" is being spokenof as being an intelligent piece of film making because if this is thefuture of "intelligent" cinema then, ladies and gentlemen, cinema isdead.
Car (17 May 2013)
If you are into concentrating, thinking and being dazzled, this movieis worth checking out. It certainly has dreams, imagination, makingclichÃ©'s non-clichÃ©... brilliance and radiance. Mind-bending action andcreativity. Action, art, intellectuals and surrealistic fans are likelyto enjoy it. It is intellectually stimulating and the type of film youare sure to watch again to see what you missed, enjoying it from adifferent angle.It pulls you, entrances you and you are left holding your breath,studying the tiny details, the big picture and the things that holdthem together. The vibrant colors, the slow motion, the alternationbetween dreams, reality, several realms dancing along while you guess,theorize, philosophize. It is a deep thinker's dream come true.
barrys82 (17 May 2013)
Inception, the latest movie from director Christopher Nolan is by farthe most original, interesting, full of action, intelligent thriller ofthe year. the movie tells the story of a group of corporative thieveswith a peculiar yet innovative method of stealing other people secrets,entering to its own mind. The movie is an adrenaline rush, a mindblowing journey that will leave you on the edge of your seat for almosttwo hours and a half. It has such a fast pace rhythm that it is nearlyimpossible to get distracted got even a second. The special effects areincredible and the music gives a great atmosphere of suspense. The castis excellent and all of its members deliver flawless performances. LeoDiCaprio is in his best moment, he is growing a lot as an actor, theexperience of Ken Watanabe is incredible, Ellen Page and Joseph GordonLevitt are a pair of young actors with incredible abilities and MarionCotillard combines her beauty with her talent to shine on screen. Withthis movie Christopher Nolan is on the top list of greatest directors,of course if he wasn't there yet. In conclusion, Inception is theblockbuster of the year. Very recommendable.
(13 May 2013)
This movie kind of reminded me of Dark City, which I also loved. The idea that someone can create a world and alter it is very interesting to me. The movie was very well written and I was entertained throughout the entire movie. All of the actors did an awesome job. There were a lot of suspenseful and emotionally dramatic moments. The ending left things ambiguous. We are left hanging for no reason. The movie was perfectly wrapped up and it could've just ended. Otherwise, it was awesome and I highly recommend.
Richard Wilkerson (13 May 2013)
Inception is quite a dazzling ride, a heist movie that will be loved byall who loved films like The Sting and Oceans 7.But are any of the dream actions in the film really possible? Thisquestion was posed to the International Association for the Study ofDreams, who members research dreams and dreaming for a living.asdreams.org I will summarize the research below.Possbible to be aware you are dreaming? Yes, typically this is calledLucid Dreaming, and lucid dreaming has been scientifically studied fordecades. In lucid dreaming, a person is aware they are dreaming, whiledreaming, and they continue dreaming.Possible that OTHER people are in the same dream you are in? Yes, butthe evidence is slim and the changes of guiding this even slimmer.Typically these are called Mutual Dreams.Possible to be both Lucid AND in a Mutual Dream? Again, yes, but thechances and evidence is very slim. I think it is best to watch the filmInception with the view that the dream machine and drugs used in themovie are super-charging, guiding and restricting this ability.Possible to influence another person's dreams? Yes, we do this all thetime, though again, the chances are slim that one can influence a dreamto the degree seen in the Inception. Typically objects and actions andscenes (or architecture) are incorporated in more singular ways, orways that are integrated into the dreamer's own dream theme, likeflashing a light on the dreamers eyes, and the dreamer seeing a flyingsaucer flashing in his or her dream.Possible to have one person's dreamscape, but another person'sunconscious populate that dream? Again, with mutual dreaming that ispossible, but highly unlikely.Possible to have a dream within a dream? Yes, this is a common practiceamong many indigenous peoples and their shamans.Possible to have a false awakening? Yes, people have false awakeningsall the time, where they think they are awake, but actually stilldreaming.Possible for time to go faster in a dream, that a dream seems a lotlonger than the actual time dreamed. Well, yes and no. Research showsthat people can generally judge the time they were dreaming ifawakened. But many people have had dreams where they at least felt thathours, days, even years went by. So again, I would say that it is bestto look at the time differentials in Inception as an effect of thedream drugs and machine.Possible for Dream Projections to attack people that try to change thedream? Yes, sometimes. It was the original theory of Freud that dreamsprotect sleep, and this is not a far cry from that that view. It isunlikely to happen in the way the film depicts.Possible for a dead person to appear in a dream and haunt a person?Yes, happens all the time.Possible to have a totem that tests reality? No. A spinning top canjust as easily stop in a dream as keep going. The way most luciddreamers test whether it is a dream or not is by hovering. If you canhover, you are probably dreaming.Are there drugs that induce dreaming? Yes, there are many substancesand drugs that enhance dreaming, and some tend to enhance luciddreaming.Are there dream machines? Not as advanced as the ones portrayed inInception, but yes, there are many machines used for lucid dreaming.Bottom line, these dream scenes are possible but highly unlikely. Irecommend thinking of them as effects of the dream machine. Richard Wilkerson, Operations Director, IASD
prasaneleven (12 May 2013)
Nolan's metaphysical fare has to be seen to be experienced!.AsFishburne puts it in The Matrix,'unfortunately no one can tell you whatthe matrix is..you have to see it for yourself!',this masterpiece hasto be seen to be believed and deciphered fully.Nolan effortlesslyweaves subplots within plots and dreams within dreams.The sublimecanvas, as it is oozes with finesse and Ã©lan,Zimmer all the more addsto the kill with a monster of a music-score!.Di Caprio had long emergedfrom his chocolate boy image and graduated to doing films like TheAviator,Blood diamond,Body of lies and The Departed but JackDawson(titanic) was still somewhere alive in people's hearts (readwomen:p).This movie pretty much changes his image for good.This moviehas precisely done what The matrix did to Kean's career.Like Neo,DomCobb will be remembered for a very long time to come.Inception isessentially an off-shoot of the Matrix, the only difference being thefact that we are not dealing with any machines or programs but humanpsyches.Dom Cobb steals ideas from people's dreams but this time he'sentrusted with the job of implanting a new idea a.k.a. 'inception'.Themulti-layered dreams were not only hard to penetrate for Cobb's squadbut also for the unsuspecting audience that came waltzing in withpopcorn to watch 'Batman director' directing Leonardo Di Caprio of'Titanic fame' in a 'Matrix type' movie!;)
chrome-hearts (11 May 2013)
Inception was the movie of the summer Â and many would probably say,still the movie of the now. It resembles one of those things thatremains baffling, remains intriguing, and will probably remain, for along while, a long-talked-about cinematic masterpiece.Now, I don't want this review to be another one of those that simplycommend director Christopher Nolan on everything he did right forInception, but I assure you that commending will happen. As this reviewcomes rather late considering the release date of July 16, 2010, myviewpoint therefore comes from multiple sources Â the theater, the DVD,the reviews, everything.Inception follows the dilemma of Dom Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio,a thief who "specializes in a very specific type of security" -subconscious security, which is in fact only a ploy. Cobb is a thiefwho possesses the ability to enter his target's subconscious's dreamsand steal their innermost secrets Â a technique called extraction.After failing an attempt to steal his latest target's (Ken Watanabe)ideas, he is forced to risk himself and his team by performing anextremely dangerous technique Â inception Â which involves planting anidea inside a person's head instead of stealing one.DiCaprio grabs you with his acting, going so far as to convince youthat his character is genuine and his concerns are real- there's aparticularly heartbreaking scene towards the middle of the film wherethe audience can almost feel themselves yelling inside just as much ashe is. As far as skill goes, people have come to expect nothing lessfrom DiCaprio, who is a supremely talented actor, although he's beensnubbed for an Oscar many times now. As for the other actors, everyonepretty much brings their A-game to the set- Joseph Gordon-Levitt isslim and slick as Arthur, a team member who gathers information on thetargets, and Marion Cotillard is alluring and mysterious as DiCaprio'slost love. Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, and Ken Watanabe are just a few ofthe other acting treats in the film.Inception's plot is one of those things that can't be justified througha few simple paragraphs, however. A bare-boned plot summary like theone above probably doesn't do much to clear up the confusion. Theconcept of infiltrating dreams is about as complex as you can get, butleave it to director Christopher Nolan to concoct a story so immersivethat the only way to understand is to watch the film itself. Asproducer, director, and screenwriter of the mind-bending thriller,Inception reeks of the Nolan touch that made pieces like Memento andThe Dark Knight so intriguing. His ambition is quite staggering, andthe multi-layered structure of Inception places the audience in Nolan'sclever hands.Yet, for some, such a storyline can trigger impatience andconfusion in those who don't appreciate the finer points of filmmaking.Even Ellen Page's character, Ariadne, openly expresses her confusion inthe movie, going so far as to ask "Whose dream are we infiltrating,again?" The movie takes some thinking to sink in, and some may call itquits out of frustration.Although the complicated dream sequences and spinning tops andchemistry might be a little hard on the brain, Inception is pretty damndazzling to the eyes, infusing within its story visuals so intense andmind-boggling that the technical aspects of the film make up literallyhalf of the gorgeousness of the entire thing. Buildings folding uponthemselves, mirrors shattering, structures crumbling; a rotatinghallway, a van falling in slow motion, endless staircases- the visualeffects of Inception are so successful at impressing, The Oscar forVisual Effects went to it without competition. Not to mention HansZimmer's moody, chill-inducing score, along with Zack Hemsey'simpressively-talked-about track for the trailer. Inception's visual andaudio aspects convey to the viewer the sheer power of the setting, theseriousness of the events happening on screen, the sincerity of thecharacters' emotions. Rolled into one, the film is one to remember- aslong as you can keep up with a labryinth of a plot and DiCaprio'sbrooding visage, Nolan has created a masterpiece- remember wheneveryone was so puzzled the first time they saw the trailer? Well, thefilm just spills piece after dazzling piece onto the table- and they'llbe talked about for a long, long time to come.
Dennis Potter (08 May 2013)
I've heard the word visionary thrown Nolan's way, but this film was thework of a rather sterile imagination. Yes, it had a few layers ofnarrative cleverly interweaved with each other, but there was little tocompel me at its core. The root cause of Cobb's state of mind justdidn't grab me - partly as this relationship was never given the chanceto develop to a tangible level. The elements of subconscious displayedwere dull and the approach to the dreamworld rather banal - focusing asit did mainly on bland designs, bendy gimmicks and exploding things.There was little edge to Nolan's vision, he seemed quite happy to drownus in relentless exposition and unimaginative slow-mo shots. Sceneswere very quick and at no point approached the atmosphere and intrigueof a real dream. A shame, because at their best, this is what films cando - engineer the quality of a waking dream. Compare Inception to themore intriguing work of Lynch, where scenes seduce with the perfectbalance of the real and surreal, and whose images and ideas tend tolinger in the mind. On top of this, Nolan is simply not a very gooddirector of action; he is quite loose with the camera, and I yearnedfor more flair and invention in these scenes. Instead, he relied on anincredibly insistent score to give the action some punch. For a film about dreams and the subconscious, it was curiouslyimpersonal and mechanical. Certainly, the real danger and sexuality ofthe subconscious might scare off mainstream audiences, but Nolan wasgiven free reign to do what he wanted - so why not do something moreinteresting? The film is less concerned with psychology and more withthe narrative possibilities afforded by a convoluted dreamworldfiction. Perhaps Nolan does dream of corporate worlds and Bondfortresses. Unfortunately, such things don't interest me.
mattrochman (07 May 2013)
I think Hollywood has battled to get a good film out for many years.While most has just been 'formular' rubbish and sequels, the occasional'outside the square' film is often ridiculous, boring or starts with agood idea but doesn't know where to go with it.Inception open powerfully and delivers intrigue, unique plotting andprovides a great level of character development and depth. The storynever gets sidetracked, is well paced and, at last, doesn't treat theaudience like idiots by explaining everything in detail. You are simplydropped in and you have to put the pieces together yourself and itreally works well.At the same time, one thing I found a bit mystifying were people whosaid that simply didn't understand it at all. I find that odd becausethe film is ultimately complicated, yet not incomprehensible. It's alsogreat to watch a second and third time.A lot has been said about the ending and people have come away withdifferent interpretations. I think that's worthy of a big hats-off tothe film makers and its been a while since i saw a film that had such agreat closing. With that said, my view was that it was real and thedirector was just being a little cheeky because he could! After all,wouldn't you want to throw a fun curve ball in the end if you weremaking this film? Overall it's highly original, well executed, supremeproduction and the stunning soundtrack (and sound effects)deserve aspecial mention. Excellent watch and one of the best films in the last10 years.
fraggy (04 May 2013)
The movie is a cascade of factual errors and logical errors. The veryfoundation of the movie is so totally wrong and mistaken, that themovie makes no sense at all.Nolan should have done some research on "Lucid Dreaming" to get hisfacts straight. Reading only one book would have sufficed (LucidDreaming, by Steven Laberge).Were other movies brilliantly succeed (Dreamscape, Matrix, Existenz andpossibly others), Inception miserably fails...For people who know very little about dreaming, this movie may seemgreat, but for those who do, this movie is a joke. Really too bad, Ijust can't understand how writers / directors can totally ruinpotentially great ideas and concepts.
Camilouwc (04 May 2013)
I have to be honest: I waited for inception for a long time and washoping to be blown out of my chair. However, I couldn't believe howsimilar the movie is to a lot of movies out there. First of all, the roles: being so close to the release of ShutterIsland, I am surprised that Dicaprio decided to take on a role fairlysimilar to that one, where the emotional and psychological baggage arepretty much the same. Similarly, the way he deals with it is byhandling guns and violent projections. Very shallow psychologicaltreatment to tell you the truth. As for the plot, it reminds me of the Matrix in many ways. Beyond theobvious (the dreamworld, the weird sci-fi language with new lingos like"totem", and so on), it captures the same cinematographictransformation of psychological ideas (in matrix these were ideas ofthe virtual computer world). For example, the defences of the mindtaking shape as a semi-army of private militia men. In the Matrix thedefences of the computer world take shape as Mr Smith. Thisvisualization as weak and it merely serves to bring down the movie to arealistic level of movie-watching a la Die Hard. To be honest, I don't know what the big deal with this movie is. Sure,the effects are superb, the slow montion scenes are fantastic, and theplot is compelling while you are watching it. But as you leave thetheatre, as you digest it, you can't help making associations and theideas and the plot seemed recycled from somewhere else. In a post-matrix world, I believe Inception fails to surprise andmerely entertains.
erin_renee22 (04 May 2013)
The movie Inception is a wonderful thriller movie. This movie is basedon a group of guys who enter people's dreams to retrieve their secrets.Cobb (Leonardo Decaprio) is a thief, one of the best actually. Cobb isan international fugitive and they are giving him one last chance atredemption or he will lose everything. Cobb and his team have to do theopposite, they have to not steal ideas within a dream but instead theyhave to plant one. This is the most impossible task to pull off, but hehas to try so he can get his life back. The theme of this movie islearning the lesson of not stealing to get what you want in life. Cobblearns this the hardest way possible. A guy names Arthur ( JoshGordon-Levitt) is also on the inception team. Together they are thief'sand liars. A lot of movies have this theme, but this theme isdifferent. Cobb and Aruthur had so much and they were about to lose itall, until they were given the chance to redeem themselves. Even thoughit meant putting their lives on the line. They did what they had to doto get everything they had back. The best part about this movie is thatthey make you feel as if you are apart of it. The lighting they use inthe movie is phenomenal. It is dark and eary at times and they way theymake it dark and then light when it needs to be, has you on the edge ofyour seat. You always want to know what is happening next. Lighting isthe most important part of a movie, the fact that they had the lightingperfect was huge. Another film that reminds me of inception is Looper.The movie Looper is also a movie that kind of messes with your head andalways has you on your toes. It is also a movie that you have to payattention to. You can't blink for a second or you will miss somethingimportant. They both have the same kind of lighting, the way it is darkand makes you feel as if you are there. Both films are suspenseful andexciting. This film really is one that everyone should watch. It is athriller, but not scary at all. It is so intense when Cobb and his crewgo into people's dreams to get secrets then they have to plant an ideainstead of taking one. The suspense as to if they will succeed or notis intense. It a fun film to sit and watch. The way they almost loseeverything they have lived for and then they get a second chance atliving they life they had before is so awesome and suspenseful.
Mahatma_DorkLite (03 May 2013)
Bollywood makes the most movies in the world but about 80% of them arestolen from Hollywood and other film industries. Thats pretty pathetic,but there's a new plater in town, and it's name is Hollywood! Most ofthe films coming out of Hollywood are remakes, sequels, or simply tooformulaic for my taste, anyway, but now we have outright plot theft fora change! Ten stars! They did not get the rights to crucify Japaneseanime favorite PAPRIKA with this trash!!! But who cares? I mean whybother... They have totally destroyed a cult movie of very highstandard. The acting in this"effort" is shabby, the cinematography isamateur, the dialogue had me in stitches from start to finish. I foundmyself in tears of laughter at how bad this really was in every waypossible.I think the most tickling moment is when they tried to re enact the"hallway" dream sequence scene with a hugely inflated LeonardoDiCapprio - it was like seeing a hippo on speed - the original was oneof the most memorable dream sequence scenes ever animated but this waslike a terrible outtake.I hope the actors and director of this nonsense look back at it andcringe with embarrassment because I certainly did. Its about time nowfor Hollywood to admit they are completely out of ideas and beginshameful acts of piracy, like INCEPTION! Frame to frame. That's ashameful thing for any responsible main stream actors and director.Sort of Homage thing ? Yea possible, but Nolan and his company havehardly mentioned about the original on either official ads & reports ornon-official comments. Instead, Nolan's kept saying he's got a bitINSPIRED ONLY and INCEPTION is totally different from PAPRIKA orsomething like that. Besides, more importantly, while shamelesslycopying scenes-by-scenes from PAPRIKA, Nolan intentionally missed theKEY-POINT of PAPRIKA's story for his own audiences' taste, forCOMMERCIAL PURPOSE in other words. Then how can we call it Homage?Xerox could have done a better job.
muffo (03 May 2013)
This is an enjoyable film and maybe my low score is due to it notliving up to other peoples reviews.I didn't think there was any new concepts in this film. Dreams merginginto reality is not new. In fact I think if they had stuck closer tothe title of the film, i.e. inception of an idea through the dreamstate, instead of going down the action route I believe it would havebeen a much better film. All of the actors are excellent, LeonardoDiCaprio is great as he usually is, but in my own opinion he is muchbetter in Shutter Island (I also think it's a much better film) Mysummary is that it's an enjoyable action film with more of a plot thanmost action thrillers. Good fun but far from the best film I've everseen.
d_art (03 May 2013)
In this new film directed by Christopher Nolan (Memento, Dark Knight),Leonardo Di Caprio stars as Dom Cobb, a skilled thief in a world wherepeople can steal secrets from other people's subconscious by enteringtheir dreams by using a machineÂthis process is called "extraction."Cobb, an international fugitive for being a master of "extraction," isoffered a chance to get his life back if he does one last job for acompany, where instead of stealing ideas, he is sent to plant anideaÂthis process is called "inception." Working with a team ofextractors to infiltrate a corporate boss's heir, Dom finds thisprocess difficult, as he has to deal with own personal dark memories aswell.When I first heard Christopher Nolan was directing a new, originalmovie, I was very excited. He directed Memento, starring Guy Pierce,one of my favorite and the most mind-boggling cerebral thrillers evermade. He also made that good ol' film called Dark Knight, which brokebox office records. His films, often written with his brother, JonathonNolan, tend to be multi-layered, challenging, and many times,thought-provoking. He is also a great, visual stylist, as can be seenin the movie. Having seen the movie, and given that this is one of thefilms where Christopher Nolan wrote without his brother, I think itcould've helped with an extra edit to clear up and tighten things up.This film is a visual spectacle, and the special effects are nothingshort of breathtaking. Buildings fold on each other like Dark City,characters are tumbling and jumping off walls, and stairs sometimes goon forever not unlike something from M.C. Escher. Many things go on inthis film. The fuzziness of reality and memory recalls writings ofPhillip K. Dick. There are lots of action scenes. The plot getsconvoluted. I felt a slight numbness in my brain keeping track ofeverything in this movie, as many things are happening simultaneously.One of my favorite parts in the film, and an important subplot, waswhen Cobb's memory of his wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard), interferes withhis job during a dream sequence, where we get to know more about Cobb'spsychology and his darker secrets. Leonardo Di Caprio gives his usualbest as the mentally complex Cobb. Marion Corillard is memorable as thefigment of his memory of his wife. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in physicalgood form as Arthur, who has the world turned upside down on him(literally). The rest of the cast is competent, but we don't really getto know them in a deep level.The problem with the plot for me was the fuzzy nature of thedream-world itselfÂone can ask many questions that could go on forever.Having been familiar with films like Dreamscape and Nightmare on ElmStreet, I have always assumed pretty much everything was possible in adream world. The dream world in this film is much closer to reality,but I couldn't exactly understand the established limits of possibilitywithin that reality. For example, why can't someone be bulletproof ifyou know it's a dream? Things get stranger when people enter a dreamwithin that dream using the device--this was the part where the plotgot a bit too convoluted for me. In my logic, if a dream is anillusion, an illusion within an illusion is basically the same illusionexcept it's only making us think it's a different kind of illusionÂbut,I won't expand on that. Simply put, I think the script should'vecleared up better on how dreams operated in this particular world.I might have appreciated this film more on a smaller budget. Itcould've been a more cerebral film that explored the concepts moredeeply than have it covered with action scenes with everythinghappening in elaborate ways. Similar to how I felt about StevenSpielberg's A.I., the budget appeared to exceed the need of the film'sconcept, even if the effects were cool. It also reminded me of CharlieKaufman's Synecdoche, New York, a similarly cerebral, yet equallyplot-heavy film, about a theater director who creates a life-sizereplica of New York inside a big warehouse and within that warehouse isanother smaller warehouse with a smaller replica, and on, and so forth.Like that film, this film seems to get lost in its excess of plot ideasit wants to explore. Perhaps it might've worked better as amini-series.Overall, I felt the film could've been tighter and trimmed. There aremany action scenes that didn't really contribute to the plot andoccasionally seemed to slow down the film, such as the JamesBond-influenced gunfight in the mountains. One of the problems aboutfilms about dreams is that one assumes a character is never in any realtrouble and no action seems extraordinary (while it may be surprisingin real life), thrilling, or risky, because it's all "illusion," if youwill. When the plot had the character go within a dream within a dreamwithin a dream, it was just a bit too much for me. The concept isinteresting, and there are certainly no movies like it, but thereappears to be an overload of too many things going on.For more of my reviews, you can also follow me onhttp://twitter.com/d_art
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