O.K., I've got 30 minutes to provide my opinion of Inception before I have to be out the door...here's what I thought. Any movie that can keep me up for two and a half hours after a 12:30 post midnight start time, where I'm still debating the ending a day later, and trying to decide what I think about, is some kind of amazing cinematic experience.
Is it the best movie in the history of movies? No. Is it the smartest wide release movie you're likely to see in all of 2010, and during most years post-millenium? Yes. Let's start with what's awesome about this meticulously crafted piece of filmmaking. The story is ingenious, original and well thought out. Director Christopher Nolan has spent a good chunk of the last decade plotting the elements together, and his attention to detail shows in every frame.
The film is about a group of thieves who rob their targets of ideas within their subconscious. They raid their subjects' dreams to glean secrets for their wealthy corporate clients. This time, they have a new type of assignment. Instead of extraction, they're hired to implant an idea - inception. It's a tougher task, but this ace group of specialists - led by veteran Leonardo DiCaprio - know what they're doing...they think.
I don't want to give away too much of the plot, because peeling away the layers of details is half the fun in this movie. Inception is stuffed with ideas, but Nolan must be credited with having it all make sense. The logic of the dreams, and the dreams within the dreams, and the dreams within those dreams, all fit together by the final outcome. And the filmmaking credits on every level are superlative (especially the editing, production design and Hans Zimmer's magnificent score).
Each actor and member of the team - Leonardo DiCaprio as the ringleader, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as his second-in-command, Ellen Page as the architect and Tom Hardy as the forger - are perfectly suited to their roles. Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Ken Watanabe and especially Marion Cotillard as DiCaprio's wife, also offer able support.
If anything, the movie is possibly overstuffed with ambition, and one too many setpieces. While the zero gravity action sequence in a hotel corridor is something that must be seen on the biggest screen possible, the scenes at a snowy summit - lifted straight from a Bond movie, and filled to the brim with stunts and explosions - are almost overkill. There is so much ground to cover that one wishes Nolan had focused a tad more on the emotional arc of his characters than every cool shot a modern day Stanley Kubrick could ever concieve of...
There are things that this movie is trying to say about dreams, memory and reality that are intriguing and weighty and not usually found in summer popcorn movie hits. But the sci-fi, The Matrix-y elements eventually, for me, somewhat blunted the film's emotional impact. I admired Inception more than I was enveloped in its spell. It also made me think about other entertainments that I loved more that deal in endlessly fascinating, similar themes - films like Solaris and Jacob's Ladder and the underrated Lovely Bones, or recent TV fare like the last episode of "Lost." Do audiences require kinetic thrills, or have-it-both-ways outcomes in order to take in weightier ideas? I'm not sure. I do know I want to see Inception again to understand it better. And I'm still thinking about its ending...that, perhaps, is the highest compliment I can pay it. One thing is certain. There is nothing else like it currently playing in theaters.
If you've seen Inception, I'm extremely curious - what did you think? If you haven't seen it, be careful what you read. This is a movie that is best seen with as little advance knowledge as possible.
One 'twist' as you ask for,is simply the possibilities being discussed now of what the movie could have meant or what was really happening or was he dreaming...etc,etc
So I went in expecting a psychological thriller, and some good twists in the plot....I didn't get it. As far as I'm concerned, it was a great action flick but I definitely wasn't there for an action movie. I don't go to the movies often and when I do it's because a movie is highly recommended. I thought the movie was put together well but could have stood to have more of a twist or something....I left feeling like I missed out on something.
It is billed as sci-fi,action. Never did I read it as a psychological thriller. If that's what i thought,i'd have been disappointed too! As we get into it,and discuss it afterwards,psychology definitely applies....but it wasn't advertised that way.
This movie by far out-weighs any other released in theaters this year. You must go in prepared to be challenged mentally. A thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat while you try desperately to grasp what has already transpired and anticipate what is happening next. The use of the continuous expansion of the dream extraction/inception premise, multi-level/multi-consciousness dream navigation, waking dreaming, dream mazes, and the effect each of these have other each other, and believe me that is just the tip of the mental iceberg! I was floored by not only the extreme complexity of the premise but how extremely well thought out and executed it was and the concept's plausibility. I would pay to see it again! Can't wait for DVD!
This movie by far out-weighs any other released in theaters this year. You must go in prepared to be challenged mentally. A thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat while you try desperately to grasp what has already transpired and anticipate what is happening next. The use of the continuous expansion of the dream extraction/inception premise, multi-level/multi-consciousness dream navigation, waking dreaming, dream mazes, and the effect each of these have other each other, and believe me that is just the tip of the mental iceberg! I was floored by not only the extreme complexity of the premise but how extremely well thought out and executed it was and the concept's plausibility. I would pay to see it again! Can't wait for DVD
I think Nolan intentionally left the emotional connection to the characters lacking as part of the clue to solving the 'puzzle' of the story. I don't want to ruin the ending for anyone so I won't say much more. But think about the nature of your dreams for a moment...how invested are you in the people who exist in them? Do you have strong connections to everyone in your dreams? Or do they exist when you need them, then fizzle out when their purpose is served? Or do they stick? Just my two cents...
Hi there. The last time I saw Inception,I finally started to wonder why Dom didn't acknowledge any of his team at the airport,and that kind of goes to what you are implying here....I think! Any thoughts on that????.By now I think anyone reading this site probably has seen it already,so i don't think we will ruin anything. Just write SPOILER ALERT if you think you might put something too revealing down.
It would be a much longer movie if they attempted to create a broader emotional connection with the characters. The movie was already 2.5 hours long. And it was a fast paced/feature, action and idea packed 2.5 hours. I think they did more than enough to give you want you needed to advance, interpret and support the story. Its a psychological thriller, not a drama. Plus it's mainly about the complexities of dream extraction/inception premise, not the investigation of the emotional complexities of the characters.
Perfect and satisfying answer!
I have seen it again.
Listen everyone is missing the point it was only one dream and it belonged to Tom (Leo's character) don't read into it, really it was not that complicated.
Sorry...it was definitely Ames's dream at one point,not sure on others,but i would have to say Fischers too. And his name was Dom.
Only that simple if it WAS just Cobb's dream (not Tom or Dom)...and of course you don't know that for sure now do you... (based on the ending.)
His name was Dom Cobb. It wasn't just all a dream. Nolan is not that simple,and there were too many variables for that to have been the 'twist',or whatever. SPOILER ALERT-I believe,after many viewings and reading all i could find,that Cobb is back in the real world at the end. All arguments about the children have been put to rest by these facts:Ages are different according to credits,small changes in clothing and shoes if you pay attention,due to 'dream time' ,Cobb could only have been gone a short time(few months) children were slightly older,but not so old that physical changes were immediately noticable(i.e.boys hair really long). I do believe that there were two inceptions going on,Dom's for being relieved of his guilt,as well as Fisch
One other note...Cobb spins the totem at the end,and walks away.He did it out of habit,but since he wasn't in a dream world,didn't need to watch it. A few hints (watch it again) make me believe the theory of Dom been the subject,but the one that i have the most questions about is this...at the airport,Miles says to Dom,"Your welcome" . Please share your thoughts!
I thought the movie was intriquing, the concept original, but overall I didn't FEEL anything for the characters. I would have liked to have seen more attention given to the character development as was given to the plot development. Had it touched my emotions, it would have been a great movie.
OK. You said its NOT the best movie in the history of all movies. I doubt I have seen even half all movies made in this century, however to simply answer your own question like that with a simple NO is down right disrespectful. This Movie has Hit #1 in my books. Period. The simple fact that you start off your synopsis with this question must mean that you were asking yourself this while watching the movie. I would like to know what movies in the history of all movies make their mark more superior than this one. And IF so, why? I would like to know of these so called other more superior movies so I can watch them for myself. Thank you.
Movie is brilliant...end of discussion
Hands down one of the best movies ever conceived...I wonder who placed the thought of it in Nolan's head? :-)
I have read that he's been putting it together for like 10 years. Did his brother have some input on this,or was that memento?
Chuck, besides the fact that I could not see this flick will all the Crue in DC, bummer, I saw it at the midnight showing instead. I think I was the second oldest in the theater, my friend being the oldest, but I was surprised how all the younger people liked it. Most of the time when I leave a theater where I just watched a movie I know was more cerebral than visually stimulating I hear too many people say 'I don't get it' or 'That movie sucked'. All I head this time is “That is why a hate movies like that”. I am sure that is why the large action scenes are in this movie. But if it causes more people to see a true 'film' instead of a ‘movie’, then I am all for it. I can't believe I ran out of room. My opinion will be next. . .
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Like you Chuck I have to go see this show again, but this time from a different angle. I think that this movie will be one that grows on me the more I see it. It is just like that song you hear the first time and you think it is good, but not the best. Then after you listen to it again and again and hear all the instruments in rhythm and how well the lyrics match the tone and beat. Then you know that you love it. I hope that is what happens to me with Inception. I enjoyed it, but there is something holding me back from loving it. I do agree with you Scott, Christopher Nolan is an excellent director, especially if he makes me watch a movie with Leonardo DiCRAPio twice!
How utterly juvenile.These posts are for chat,etc about C.Waltons movie journey,etc....doing that to an actor's name just makes you extremely uncool.
Great review Chuck! I saw the movie and I would say you were very fair.
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