Inception: Movie review

Inception PosterGenre: Sci-fic, action

Rated: PG-13

Year of Release: 2010

Director: Christopher Nolan

Summary: Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible, inception.

Review: This is the second time I watch this. The first time I didn't pay attention to the story and was paying more attention to the visuals which are studding. I like how each action scenes play out. Corresponding to what happening on each level of the dream state.

The story focuses on Dom's (though his name was Tom) past struggles that push the other characters to the side a bit. I will say Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Ariadne (Ellen Page) are interesting.

The whole logic may not make a lot of scents. Not a lot of it makes sense. It can be pass as dream logic. The action and visuals do a great job of dispending disbelief. Whatever happens on one level has a ripple effect on the next level.

I have heard that Inception has changed the way action movies are made. The format for the action in Inception goes something like this: the way the action is laid out is with the opening scene set up the world. Next, the rules and stakes are set up. Then grandly the stakes get higher and higher.

I have seemed this in books as well. The Fellowship of the Rings has this setup where the stakes get higher and higher. It's not just action but, also dialogue. To grab the audience’s attention for a long dialogue scene you need to have a rising climax and turning point. 8/10


Fun Facts: 

  • Ariadne's hair is in a tight bun in the hotel sequence, so filmmakers didn't have to figure out how her hair should move in zero-gravity.
  • In an interview with "Entertainment Weekly", writer, producer, and director Christopher Nolan explained that he based roles of the Inception team similar to roles that are used in filmmaking, Cobb is the director, Arthur is the producer, Ariadne is the production designer, Eames is the actor, Saito is the studio, and Fischer is the audience. "In trying to write a team-based creative process, I wrote the one I know", said Nolan.
  • According to cinematographer Wally Pfister, Warner Brothers executives approached Christopher Nolan about making this movie in 3-D, but he refused the idea, claiming "it will distract the storytelling experience of Inception." 

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