Inception: Follows Dom Cob – a man who can enter your mind in the dream state and steal your deepest thoughts & secrets – on his last mission that could finally get him back to his family. The first thing you realise about inception is how original, visionary and well thought out the story is, then worry about how good the film would have to be to pull it all off. Despite the elaborate plot and timelines it’s explained well enough to be understood first time round (if you pay attention), but is still complex and smart enough to be appreciated on multiple viewings. Nolan brings out the best in his outstanding, but not too obvious, ensemble: especially Di Caprio, Cotillard, Levitt, Watanabe & Hardy who all step up and do justice to the great premise. The special effects department deserve a year off after this, and Hans Zimmer’s modern score takes the last 30 minutes to a whole new level. Page is only OK and more could have been made about the infinite possibilities of the dreams but other than that, no real complaints. There’s subtle gestures towards Matrix, 2001, classic Bond, and a whole bunch of crime / noir films. Inception is an iconic, truly original, mind-bending film that has it all, and breathes new life into Sci-Fi, which is currently plagued with sequels & re-makes. My main concern is that this opus will be near-impossible to top, by Nolan, or anyone else. Stunning cinema that surpasses its own massive hype and is easily film of the year.

Score: 9.5/10

  1. Spencer Owen said:

    I thought the weightless “fight” scene in the hotel corridor was one of the best scene’s I’ve seen (*narf*) in a long long time. Very well shot.


  2. The hotel fight scene was pretty awesome…the whole movie was, really. I’m having a mini existential crisis right now, though.

    Infinite C4?


  3. That ending was killer (in the best way possible). I actually wanted the movie to run longer.


  4. Castor said:

    Not sure what the fuss is all about with the ending. I saw it coming from 3 miles away as the manipulative trick to make you believe that the movie has more depth that it truly does.


  5. Darren said:

    Great film. I loved it.

    I’m not really worried about Nolan trying to “top” himself, though – he’s very good at distinguishing his projects from each other. The Prestige, Memento, Insomnia and his Batman films are so distinct from one another that they can only really be compared and discussed thematically. There’s little physical similarity between them, or even a comparison based on scale. His next film could be about soapbox derby and I wouldn’t worry.


  6. mangold said:

    Good review. Loved this movie, can’t wait to see it for a 2nd (and 3rd) time.


  7. I didn’t have a problem with Page…she was surprisingly good, I thought.


  8. mcarteratthemovies said:

    I’m glad you mentioned the score — in many ways, it’s just as “doomy” (Roger Ebert mdae up that word, I believe) as “Shutter Island.” The cinematography takes it to an even higher level.


  9. Novroz said:

    Great movie Indeed!! For me, this is the best sci fi in the last decade. The only movie I can put side by side with The Matrix (my number 1 sci-fi movie of all time)


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