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Your mind is the scene of the crime.
Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious.
"Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.
With big films like this I tend to weigh different aspects of filmmaking and rate them separately. The final rating is then an average of all scores. I don't know why, but I feel I need to structure this review that way and try to give an accurate analysis. Whenever one of Nolan's films is criticized it tends to veer towards a right wrong discussion. Nolan has a huge fanbase and they are welcome to defend his films, but as a self proclaimed 'Nolan indifferent' I honestly have to say that I haven't enjoyed his latest efforts and often for the same reasons. I will try to write up how the final rating is compiled. My apologies in advance for…
A week ago I wrote a particularly hateful piece on Christopher Nolan's latest abomination, The Dark Knight Rises. Since then I've been thinking hard, perhaps too hard, about why it is that I can't for the life of it enjoy the critically acclaimed “masterpiece” Inception. At the time it came out it was THE thing to talk about, nothing even came close to being as hot as the apparently intellectually stimulating blockbuster that is this movie. I had seen The Prestige, which I just loved, and the two Batman movies when I first saw it, so I was reasonably excited about it, especially because I'm a big fan of the Sci-Fi genre. The problems, however, are many-fold and it is…
I must have seen Inception a dozen times now, and on every single viewing it feels like the first time around. That surely testifies to the genuine brilliance pouring from Christopher Nolan's epic, which I first reviewed on release back in July 2010; that review, for the most part, stands below as I feel the same way about this movie as I did the first time I experienced it. Simply, this is exactly what a modern blockbuster should truly be - innovative, exciting, emotional and with something to say. The success of Nolan's film, and its subsequently populist seeping into pop culture, proves that with the right talent in front of and behind the camera you can create a truly…
I can't think of anything quite like going to the cinema, my absolute favorite thing to do. The way the air somehow seems cleaner when I first walk through the front doors of the building. Walking down the long hallway towards the theater my film is playing in, observing the various advertisements for future releases along the way. The way the lights dim when it is time to start the show. The excitement over seeing the previews before the film, wondering if something new and unexpected will grab my attention and find its way onto my radar. And, of course, the moment the real show begins, the film I have been waiting for days, months, sometimes years to see fills…
So epic it hurts. I'm willing to gloss over the few plot questions it leaves and just be enveloped by the killer combo of Nolan & Zimmer (whose soundtrack, incidentally, makes *everything* feel epic if you put it on loud enough).
Sure, it seems to make up its rules as it goes along. Sure, it doesn't really capture the feel or look or sense of a dream (I've never had a dream where I was fully aware I was dreaming, let alone felt in control of my actions). Sure, it's perhaps a little too literal and logical and grounded for such an airy subject.
But it's still pretty incredible.
It's quite something to see a film that combines muscular editing, intense action, and genuine existentialism like this, but it does it all relatively freely and with limited exposition. It's a tough subject to sell, both as a work of art and a piece of entertainment, but Nolan pulled it off. Dreams within dreams within dreams would've been a joke in anyone else's hands.
And that ending! He sure loves those smash cuts to black to end his films, eh?
Visually beautiful, but I didn't love it as much as others seem to. I think it's slightly over-rated.
Warning: This is not as much a review as it is a controversial rant. You have been warned.
I've read many things on the internet that praise Christopher Nolan as a filmmaker. They don't just like him, they LOVE him! He's even been compared to Kubrick, for Christ's sake!
Is everyone braindead? Seriously. That is a legitimate question that I want answered. How can you compare a crowd pleasing director of blockbusters who has an exposition fetish to an auteur who directed some of the most revolutionary films of all time. Kubrick tackled almost every single genre of cinema, approaching film with a sense of maturity. Nolan isn't a mature director. He isn't much of a director at all.
An idea is like a virus, resilient, highly contagious. The smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you.
Nolan is much more at ease doing plot driven films. This movie is definitive proof that when he is given a big budget, he needs to put all the money into CGI, rather than James Bond esque explosions.
One if the best films of the 21st Century.
Αν θεωρήσουμε ότι τα πέντε αστεράκια πρέπει να μπαίνουν σε ταινίες που βάζουν το δικό τους λιθαράκι στη ζωή σου, τότε αυτό αξίζει και τα πέντε.
Ενδόμυχα πιστεύω ότι έχει επηρεάσει τα όνειρα μου.
This is a really fun film to try and write about. There is so much ambiguity in one film here that anybody's opinion, with valid arguments, is reasonable. This link is to a youtube video of a guy named Kyle Johnson who talks about this film from a philosophical viewpoint. There's a lot of interesting arguments in this video and I highly recommend watching it if you are a fan of the film.
Everyone always wants to talk about the ending of the film. Does the top fall? The answer is: it doesn't matter. Cobb isn't even looking at the top by this point, also meaning that you shouldn't be either. While looking at the top, maybe you missed his…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"An idea is like a virus. Resilient. Highly contagious. And even the smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you."
Epic AND Brilliant!
A film that holds up on multiple re-watches. This will and should be considered a classic in the future. I can't find a single aspect of the production or it's story that's mediocre. Funny at times, dramatic when it needs to be, and intriguing throughout, Inception is top-notch filmmaking. Zimmer's score and Pfister's cinematography is perfect. Everything's great in it and I absolutely love it.
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