Inception – Movie Review

16 07 2010

Release Date: 16th July 2010
Director / Writer: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe and others.

Poster - Inception


“What’s the most resilient parasite? – An Idea. A single idea from the human mind can build cities. An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules.”

With Inception, director Christopher Nolan is hell bent on proving the above quote from his movie. Inception is not about good acting or even good CGI; it is however, about a very good concept and how well it has been executed. Nolan hasn’t disappointed in his earlier directorial ventures either – Memento (2000), The Prestige (2006) and more recently The Dark Knight (2008) were all critically acclaimed, but Inception is his conception par excellence and exhibits his adamancy to rewrite the rules of film making.

But, beware: if you are one of those who cannot stomach hi-end science fiction movies, Inception will leave you confused, lost and probably even disappointed. I know people who just couldn’t understand what “The Matrix” (1999) was all about and were just impressed by the amazing CGI and the cool fight sequences it had to offer. I am sure Inception will have a similar impact on some of these people as well. I saw the movie at a local theatre with a friend and by the time the movie concluded, he was totally dazed and couldn’t help but ask for an aspirin from one of the ushers.

For me, however, Inception was an astounding experience. Throughout the movie, my mind was divided into two sections, one half – was busy following the twists and turns of the movie, the other half – was appreciating the baffling concept, on which the movie was based. Thus, I will definitely require at least a second screening to fully appreciate this cinematography masterpiece.

I can very well go on and give away the plot or even hint on what the movie is all about, but that would be a heinous crime. However, my suggestion is that whenever you watch this movie, watch it with an open mind. If you start reasoning or questioning the intent of what the director is trying to portray, you will start losing track and will end up totally lost.

Verdict: Don’t miss this one.
Rating: 4.5 / 5.0




3 responses

16 07 2010

So what about your friend who got confused, don’t confused him more and next time tell him the correct name and place of movie before planning. Precautionary you can carry some pills too… 🙂

20 07 2010

There is some really interesting symbolism in this film. The infinite staircase is a representation of the film itself. It really is finite, but it seems to go on forever. In the dreams, they seem to go on forever but end when the music goes off. This is symbolic of the film itself, which begins where it ends and never seems to have a real endpoint.

Also, the concept of the inception is much like the movie. They give Fisher a small idea and he makes it into something much greater. The film only tells us a few things and leaves the rest open-ended. We draw our own conclusions and make it up for ourselves.

For example, take a look at the pinwheel in the safe and Fisher’s dad telling him that he wants him to be his own man. This takes place in Fisher’s dream. Does Fisher have his dad say this because he wishes his dad thought that way? Or, did the inception team place the pinwheel in the safe because they saw the photo of it, and impersonate Fisher’s dad like they impersonated the female at the bar?

The film has no real single conclusion to it, and we are left to our own devices to put the loose connections together however we want, much like a set of legos.

22 07 2010
Louis S. Carrozzi

I agree with your review of ‘Inception’ 100%. On every level this movie is nothing short of movie execution brilliance. Not only does it demand a second viewing (I thought that I still didn’t “get” about 10% of it the first time around, and then I went back and discovered that I actually didn’t “get” about 30% of the movie the first time around) it was WAY better the second time around. This is one of those extremely rare instances of a film where there are no scenes that could have been “cut” on the editing table and have the movie still work. This script took 8 years to write and 2 years to produce, as a film, and you are going to know where your $10-15 bucks went when you see it. (To pun a line from “Pulp Fiction” about shooting good heroine). I am a screenwriter too (written 6, working on 6 more) so I know what kind of effort goes into writing something like this, and this is the kind of thing that either makes you want to give up as a writer, or do it even more. There is no line, no shot, no visual device, or no scene that absolutely doesn’t need to be there, and everything serves to drive the story forward and flesh out the main character of Cobb. While many films have about 3 major setups and payoffs, this movie has probably closer to 20 or 30. This is one of those very rare instances where the action and special effects actually take a back seat to the story, and the effects, action, and cinematography are amazing in their own right. I can understand why a lot of people might have a “luke warm” reception to ‘Inception’ but in all cases I think it’s because this is a movie that requires you to pay attention, and it also invites you to think. This story is firing on all 8 cylinders and is brain candy for anyone that loves the craft of film. I immediately added ‘Inception’ to my personal list of top 10 favorite movies, of all time, and this is the kind of movie that reminds me why I love movies – and love good writing – in the first place. God, if I could only be THAT good. Even if you don’t want to peel away the layers of ‘Inception’ like a Russian nesting doll, there is still plenty of punch on ‘level number 1’ – the mental bank heist. I am super critical of all movies because I love really GOOD movies and ‘Inception’ is what it’s all about. 10 out of 10. One word of advice: See it in IMAX if you can, because this movie was born for IMAX. Have fun! Peace.

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