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Masterpiece
July 18th, 2010 [4:23:54]
 10/10

Barney Stinson: My mind has been blown. Seriously that was fucking amazing. Christopher Nolan is a damn genius.

The casting was perfect, the acting was awesome, and the special effects were amazing. Of course the story is the most important thing and, at the risk of sounding repetitive, it is also amazing. It's so intricate and complex that I was in awe as the story progressed. I'm biased of course as I've loved all of Nolan's films that I have seen. Although because of that, I went in with HIGH expectations and this satisfied me completely. This is just my opinion, so go watch it and make up your own mind.

Inception and Toy Story 3 are by far the best movies of the year.

10/10


Incredible
July 18th, 2010 [3:42:36]
 9/10

MoneyHayabusa: I consider this movie to be nearly flawless. Great acting across the board, awe-inspiring cinematography, great pacing and a very unique story.

I want to address the complaints. People, like Dustin Putnam, have been complaining about the excess exposition dialogue. Bullshit. This is a summer blockbuster dealing with unfamiliar, complex themes that need to be explained to some extent so as to not cause the film to flop horrendously. Sure, it could've been like David Lynch's 'masterpiece (as DP puts it)' Inland Empire, where we are thrust into a story where we have generally no idea what is going on. Upon multiple viewings I grew to appreciate IE more, but the first time I was just angry that I was being dragged on an apparently pointless, aimless, endless journey. By concisely explaining all the major 'rules' of the dreamworlds, Nolan keeps the viewer engaged, rather than confused with no sense of immersion. The whole "you can't have that much exposition" is kind of an arbitrary rule anyways, and honestly if there was ever an exception to the rule...

If it were me making the movie, I would probably have some crazy dreamworlds (flying golden pyramids, giant dragons and shit), but thats not what Nolan decided to do. My thinking is that he wanted to make every reality feel like a legitimate reality, and all the gun-toting henchmen and anonymous cityscapes are constantly forcing the viewer to consider which reality they are watching (as the main characters must do with their "totems").

The climax is the most impressive part of the movie (as it should be). Watching Nolan weave threads together throughout the entire movie and then pull the whole knot taught at the end is truly wondrous.

Nolan did not half-ass a single second of this film. Every line of dialogue serves multiple purposes, whether it be drawing attention to new subplots or explaining the complicated proceedings. It really is awesome to watch the characters operate in dream worlds with different sets of rules defining time and space, especially when considering the vulnerability experienced while being asleep.

Nolan has crafted a very beautiful and memorable movie. But it stuck with me for another reason also. The story made me wonder if reality is not a dream in itself. Do we always know where we go when we sleep, and for how long? How about when we die? Will we one day die and wake up?

Inception
July 18th, 2010 [4:36:49]
 9/10

GrandpasWeiner: Finally a sci-fi/action flick with a fun and original story. Finally a sci-fi movie that doesn't rely on special effects. Great movie.

A great film that changes cinema in a different and unique way
July 31st, 2010 [4:32:27]
 10/10

Green Mist: How to you define such a perfect film? You can define a perfect film by observing its great story, its acting and of course its direction. Inception however is a film that can be measured not by its acting, story or script but by its beauty and its visuals. The visuals alone are sheer pleasure and as a result one can allow their mind to shut down just to absorb the imagery and it will be forever embedded into the subconscious.

Christopher Nolan has done alone what most filmmakers of our time fail to do. Combine an engaging and at times stimulating plot that raises a strong and intellectual question whilst at the same time immersing the viewer in bath splashes of action that no mere man can encapsulate. Still, the question lingers on whether or not Inception can be graded as a great film or not.

The film has in itself created environments that are both real and believable in their living and breathing scale. Nolan does not invent environments that are simple fabrics out of a fairy tale, which in actual reality has been proven to be rare, however he has instead created lands that are similar to our very surrounding ones. It's a film that is centred almost entirely within dreams and as a result these dreams make us believe that they are in fact in our world therefore the realism aspect is still thriving regarding the fact it is in a dream state.

The films story is one that is so multi-layered that no complexity this year in cinema can compete up against. Nolan has created characters that aren't trying hard to become "film characters" but instead more like the viewer by thinking realistically and as a result saying very realistic things. I was highly impressed with the relationship between Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Mal (Marion Cotillard) simply because the two shared one that was natural, often they fight and sometimes they embrace each other.Nonetheless, they keep it consistently alive with the idea that they have each other in such a bland world that is only inhabited with artificial reflections. The plot of the film is one that resembles a bond movie with a stroke of A Clockwork Orange. A man, Dom Cobb, leads a team of skilled thief's that can enter your mind and simply steal an idea, they then can then give it away to an investor. However the challenge occurs for them when they must plant an idea as opposed to steal one. Once the primary plot is set in motion we notice dark secrets that the leader of the team himself has stowed away, as a result the secondary plot is initiated, this secondary plot then interferes and somehow weave's into the primary one thus creating a third one. The films climax is one that is very Kubrick by allowing the viewer to construct their very own rendition of the ending thus it must be said that Inception's ending only exists in the audience and how they perceive the closing.

The casting is well woven together. It was as if Nolan had these particular actors in mind as he was writing the screenplay. Leonardo Dicaprio is a perfect fit for the character of Dom Cobb and I might say that it is perhaps one of his finest performances as he offers the character a coolness and psychological depth at the same time. Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays a slick character and offers a side that I wouldn't have expected in him, clearly he is starting to choose more challenging roles. Ellen Page is an architect who creates environments for dreams, I personally never saw her as a great actress, however after watching this film I have changed my mind and can see her as a more complex performer in the future so long as she continues to pick these kinds of roles. It should be mentioned that Marion Cottilard has a spectacular and stunning performance as Mal, Cobb's wife, that forces Dicaprio's character to have an emotional side, in most way's it is a driving force of love for his character. Tom Hardy adds the humour to the film as a character called Eames who studies the targets. Michael Caine has a small role but serves as a vital one. Other actors such as Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Dileep Rao and Ken Watanabe appear in very convincing and strong supporting performances.

The cinematography of the film is an immense and resonating element to the final product. Wally Pfister uses a camera technique that can automatically echo the imagery of The Dark Knight and The Prestige (both films in which he collaborated with Christopher Nolan). He should be applauded for his strong sense of character in environments and thus exuding a dimension to the people that inhabit the locations. His artistic shooting style isn't too abstract but is in fact practical and allows us to be immersed in the imagination of Nolan's mind rather than completely swept away blindly by over the top visuals.

Sound is a major resonator for the film. In fact sound is the object that offers edge to Christopher Nolan's story. Hans Zimmer has composed a very balanced score that in it's fine tapestry offers a feeling of nauseating anxiety when it is necessary whilst offering a beautiful symphony of notes that allow the mind to simply leave out the problems of everyday life in order to grasp the true beauty of our world. The Edith Piaf song, "Non, je ne Regrette Rien" is used in the film and is such a beautiful and perfect fit for the direction and tone of the story.

Editing for the film is a vital tool and is well done, in fact extraordinarily clipped together by Lee Smith. It's important to acknowledge editing especially for this kind of movie, his editing convinces us that when we are caught in bad gravity in reality we lose it in our dreams. His editing is to be heavily recognized as I think this may define him best as an editor.

Christopher Nolan is a writer and director that has changed all the rules in the game completely. Nolan has written a script that borrows factors of everyday life thus making every human being in some way relate to it. There is a sequence in the film in which we see Dom and Mal lying tiredly on the floor after they emerge from a dreamscape; to me this somehow illuminated a vision of drug addicts. It can be spotted that both characters are simply dependent on living in dreams and that simple reality is sickening and boring for them. That shot alone proves that Nolan has a wide knowledge of human behaviour and as a result integrated this into the spine of his film. Nolan devices a plot that would take some centuries to construct, he has simply created a theatrical maze for audiences to live inside. Nolan's direction is reminiscent to that of Stanley Kubrick, I say this because he allows the audience to decide the ending and final conclusion in their own minds even though he himself has the real answer. It should be said that he is perhaps the most detailed and constructive director of the decade, he has clearly made a movie that challenges the everyday boundaries that cinema thrives to surpass...beauty and action combined in one.

Inception is a movie that doesn't have to promote itself with silly and stupid gimmicks such as 3-D to attract cinema goers. It is a film that in its beauty and wonder separates itself from a common group of films seen almost weekly with silly tween vampires and childish 80's TV show reboots in order to create its own breed of prestigious cinema. This new elite strand of cinema I hope will influence not only new and aspiring filmmakers but also experts in the industry to try and dig deeper with intellectually stimulating and inducing plots that raise the bar by showing us that a big budget film can still be clever and witty without being mindless.

Inception is a masterpiece and is a unique film. It is a different take on the action genre, it is a film with an ending that leaves the mind to ponder even when you're out the cinema. Inception tests not only its characters minds but ours as the audience. I went in expecting a simple film and I came out experiencing a great.

5/5.

Film of the decade.

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