Movie Review: Inception

Prepare to get completely mind-effed. I was, and am still recovering.

Rated at 84% on the tomatometer at Rotten Tomatoes, Inception was an amazing film. Not only was it a fantastic visual experience, the plot is so intricate with so many layers, that you would need to see this movie more than once to even try to get it. Based on mazes as the basis for the architectural design of the dream world, Inception certainly seems to be just one giant maze that your mind constantly swings around – like the unending staircase loop. Paradox.

Similar to the Matrix in terms of its question of reality, Inception brings a new concept to the fore – entering one’s dreams to steal secrets or learn one’s thoughts. That is known as extraction. Inception on the other hand is the planting of an idea of external origin into the dreamer’s subconscious so that they come to accept and believe the idea as their own. Sounds simple right? In fact, it is far from simple as the delicacy required to not have the dreamer’s subconscious automatically reject a foreign thought is almost impossible.

In Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio plays Cobb, an extraction artist. A fugitive from the US, he is engaged by a third party, Saito, who asks him to perform inception with the heir of a billionaire and plant an idea to break-up his father’s empire to avoid a global corporate monopoly. To even achieve the near-impossible inception, Cobb and his team need to go four-layers deep into the dream-state, dreams within dreams, which puts them dangerously close to being in limbo (a state where you cannot return to reality). In each of the layers, they face different dangers, not just the dreamer’s subconscious protectors, but also Cobb’s own demons (his dead wife that guilt has kept alive in his mind) that attempt to sabotage them. Ultimately, they succeed in planting the idea, and Saito wipes Cobb’s record allowing him to get back to his children. In true movie fashion (*groan*), in the last few minutes, you are left haunted with whether Cobb’s reunion is actually a dream or reality, and whether they even succeeded at all!!!!

All I can say at this point is that the collective groan of the entire movie audience summed it up. MIND-EFFED.

Great cinematography – as good as anything your mind can dream up – that keeps your heart pumping while your mind is racing uncontrollably trying to keep up. Let me put it this way. If you’re looking for escapism, look elsewhere. This film will make you think, make your brain work trying to connect the different pieces…it just might make you insane trying to work out all the variables or invariables as the case may be. It’s so open to interpretation that you will think one thing one minute and then something completely different the next. Is it possible? Is it improbable? Is it doable? Is it one big mind-game? Who knows.

Amazing film. I would rate Inception 4 out of 5 stars. But like I said…that could change on a dime. Definitely a “go see it.” And pay attention because if you miss one second, it could change everything.

11 Comments on Movie Review: Inception

  1. Mikel Reimers
    August 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm (14 years ago)

    Appreciate the recommendation! I may give it a try.

  2. Jeffry Dollings
    August 3, 2010 at 12:58 am (14 years ago)

    Chris Nolan has shown us the future of huge budget motion pictures for adults– A slightly intellectual notion is stretched and padded with explosions and intense chase scenes, put in concert at a pace so fast we never detect that there’s just barely a whole lot more substance than the typical dvd carries. I do not imply to bash “Inception” as well much. It is actually an interesting movie flick which will sweep anybody with half a brain into its narrative. As soon as the viewer has assigned in to “the ride,” he or she will likely be transfixed for that duration for the video. “Dark Knight” demonstrated this a couple of many years ago. Nolan takes that almost impossible-to-beat formula and pushes it on the optimum on this presentation.

  3. Frank Angove
    August 3, 2010 at 12:57 am (14 years ago)

    Di Caprios performance could be the perfect. For those who liked him in Shutter Island, he puts up another fantastic overall performance as a tortured soul right here. Within your end, the flick tries to near with meaning, which it does, but its at the cost of endurance.

  4. Janel Deprato
    August 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm (14 years ago)

    Christopher Nolan is one of the few directors/writers (Scorcese, Spielberg, Eastwood) who has the gift of persistently generating fantastic videos. He is as being a Picasso and churns out masterpieces. Countless directors get lucky for one flick and fail to duplicate their achievement. For Invention, Nolan masterfully engages his market as he builds up the account to intrigue you by way of the pretty stop while injecting activity scenes and visual effects to excite you.

  5. Jacquiline Boitel
    August 2, 2010 at 5:03 pm (14 years ago)

    Bottom line: Even if most people said that Creation is only for smart men and women, regardless of who you’re, go see it. You might leave the cinema theater with so numerous questions and so countless views. It may be quite a thinker at some points, but stay with it. Inform your close friends.

  6. Arlene Noud
    August 2, 2010 at 4:58 pm (14 years ago)

    This can be the most distinctive movie to occur close to since the Matrix but with improved acting and direction. With all of the sequels and remakes, this can be a fresh dvd not being missed. Disregard THE Poor Assessments in the event you contemplate yourself intelligent.

  7. Spencer Nebel
    July 22, 2010 at 8:54 am (14 years ago)

    I saw Inception last night, the movie absolutely works as an allegory for film making. The characters line up perfectly, and the way the projections turn hostile if you do stupid bullshit? Yep, that’s us not willingly suspending our disbelief.

  8. Lexie Marie
    July 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm (14 years ago)

    I cannot wait to see this film.

  9. Longboard
    July 18, 2010 at 2:56 pm (14 years ago)

    I saw this movie twice the 2nd time when I was wasted and to be honest I understood more the second time.

  10. Gaming
    July 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm (14 years ago)

    Saw this last night. What a great movie! I’ll be linking back to this from my own blog.


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