Thursday, December 20, 2012

Inception (2010)

Inception is a brilliant film with a unique, mind-boggling plot, filled with intense sequences that would keep you on the edge of your seat. You’ve got to pay close attention if you don’t want to get lost in order to follow the complex layers of dreams. Christopher Nolan tried so hard to ensure that this project remains discreet, now I understand why he went through the trouble. Just one piece of information could spoil the whole story so if you’re planning on seeing it soon, don’t worry I won’t ruin it! Or will I?

Dom Cobbs, portrayed by Leonardo DiCarprio, is the most skilled extractor who knows all the tricks and techniques incorporated in order to extract any secrets from your mind by delving inside your dreams. He’s got one last job, and perhaps the most complicated of all: he must perform inception, which is the act of implanting an idea in a person’s subconscious mind. In addition, this final mission will reunite him with his family, the highly anticipated moment that would wash away all his guilt and regrets of the past. He gathers a team composed of a point man, Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt); an architect, Ariadne (Ellen Page); a forger, Eames; a chemist, Yusuf; and Saito (Ken Watanabe), who will give Cobb what he wants if he completes this mission.

The film duration is 2 ½ hours. You get 50 minutes to adjust to this new, fascinating world until the mission actually begins. This may seem like it’s dragging excessively and is laying too many pipes but the audience is captivated by the extraordinary visuals during the interference of dreams despite the lengthy inception. As soon as you reach the last epic scene, which is approximately the second half of the movie since there are scenes within this scene, you’re entirely engrossed in the film as the minutes tick away. Christopher Nolan brilliantly depicted how every dream within a dream appears slower than the previous dream as he flashes back and forth between the 4 levels. That leaves 4 timers ticking as the team executes inception!

However, Inception has a few flaws. There are several prolonged scenes with Mal (Marion Cotillard) that seem to drag. Also, some of the characters’ lines are not clearly stated so it’s hard to understand what they are saying, which is an issue since that’s what establishes the plot of the whole movie. Cillian Murphy is well casted as Robert Fischer Jr. but his character wasn’t completely developed. First, he appears nearly halfway into the film and at the end it’s hard to recall his purpose in the film!

Overall, I love Inception’s intricate twists and it definitely leaves me pondering at the end. The CGI Effects are phenomenal, ranging from massive buildings bending within enfolding cities to the explosive chaos of crumbling dreams! It must have taken them forever to film the scene of the revolving hotel hallway where Arthur fights projections with only seconds to spare in order to improvise a “kick” simulation.
Han Zimmer, one of my favorite composers, created the soundtracks for this film. It’s absolutely perfect! I’m listening to it as I type! These sophisticated soundtracks doubles the escalating intensity. First comes the delicate violins or strumming of guitars as the action picks up then the brass starts blasting in your ears!

By now you’ve probably realized that this is not for the Die Hard fans, it’s an intellectual psychological thriller. Sure, there are a lot of intense action sequences, but this is one of those movies that make you think deeper. I suggest watching it a second time if you exit the theater mystified.


  1. Inception has been my most anticipated film of the year ever since that first teaser leaked telling us that our mind is the scene of a crime. The film is fabulously complex and there are so many things going on at once in the ladder half of the film that it results in the sci-fi actioner being incredibly difficult to spoil entirely without a longwinded explanation. I could tell you the last scene in the film right now and while it would make sense, things wouldn't fall into place or be entirely appreciated unless you knew everything leading up to that point.

  2. I totally agree. Inception is rated 9.2 and ranked as the 3rd best film on IMDb!

  3. What do you rate this film as? on a scale of 1 to 10? Also do you believe it to be a masterpiece? Do you the end is a dream? Do you think the thing is Mals dream? Or Arthurs plan to try to rescue Cobb? AND ONE LAST VERY IMPORTANT ONE. Do you think this movie is Mr. NOlans protrayal of how a movie is made? Leo(DIRECTOR), Ellen Page(SCREENPLAY WRITER), Ken Wan.(PRODUCER) and so on.

  4. I'd rate this film a 9.

    I need to watch this film again but I believe he remains in limbo. Is it possible for Cobb and Saito to wake up (undisoriented) in the plane at the same time as everyone else? There are many possibilities. For all we know, this could be the perspective of someone extracting Cobbs secrets! Perhaps a forger? (supposing level 5 is possible)

    Regarding the last question, only Nolan would know but I see your point.

  5. You should check out this movie blog. Espically its Inception review

  6. I enjoyed reading this! Thank you. Honestly - I spent so much of the film trying to make myself imagine it as though which is real and which wasn't real that I didn't really see what was happening past the superficial. You gave me insight into that. But in this film I likes Arthur, This Joseph Gordon Levitt Arthur Jacket looking amazing on him and and he is looking cute