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To Dream the Impossible Dream: Inception

July 16, 2010

Inception. By now, no doubt, you have seen the trailer at some point in time for this movie. When I first started seeing the trailers I was concerned that this would be just some kind of psychological thriller that would remain rather confusing or that I would feel lost in. I must send out an apology to director Christopher Nolan for doubting his vision and abilities! When has Nolan done a bad movie? (Batman Begins, Memento, The Dark KnightThe Prestige) He may possibly be the best director so far of his time! All of the hype and attention this film has received prior to its release was well-founded and justly deserved. This highly imaginative and visually captivating movie does not disappoint! It’s been a long time since I have seen a movie that kept the interest and adrenaline going the entire length of the feature! What an amazing movie!

Leonardo Di Caprio plays the lead in this film as the head con artist who works with a team of sleep experts to steal information (corporate or otherwise) from the subconscience of the selected target. Inception follows him and his team as they work on a job that, if completed successfully, bears great benefits for them all. I thought that I understood what I needed to from the trailers, but, again, I was wrong. However, Nolan does a very admirable job of explaining mostly everything you need to know throughout the adventure. There was no need for a backstory, or for one character to have that long explanatory monologue, or for there to be  any assumptions made for how things work (for the most part). I loved how I didn’t have to sit there scratching my head trying to figure out everything going on like I did in the movie The Fountain. Anyone ever see that one? I was able to sit down and enjoy the movie and all of the excitement that came along with.

The plot in this film was so original. It was refreshing to see the uniqueness of this movie instead of a remake of a movie or story done decades ago! While remakes are enjoyable, originality is appreciated even more. The special effects were amazing to watch. They actually help to tell the story and keep you visually entranced. The actors operate as a team. No one single actor takes the spotlight in this film. Michael Caine, Leonardo Di Caprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, and more act together to add to this flick’s great feel and success. It is not common for many psychological thrillers to have as much action as this one did either. (with the exception of The Matrix). I hate to compare this one to The Matrix….because…in my opinion, it exceeds it. Yes it does. But if I had to compare this movie to others to allow you to get a feel for the film, I would use The Matrix, Casino Royale, and Ocean’s Eleven all in one, times 10!!

This film rocks!! I cannot wait to go see it again! and again!! It leaves you guessing, cheering, sitting on the edge of your seat, in awe of what you see on your screen, wondering what the end result will be….and even when you get to the end you may or may not be sure. Even though Nolan gives you a lot of answers during the movie, you still need to pay attention to what’s going on and being said. You will NOT be bored a single minute of this film! It exceeded any and all of the presumptions and expectations I had about it. It is my opinion that this is the BEST movie of the summer. You’ve read the reviews, I’ve enjoyed a lot of movies….but this one tops them all. 4 words: “Go See This Movie”, okay 5…”NOW!”

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy (not possible :))! Happy watching!

-The Spider’s Score10 out of 10 stars Inception  

up next: a very special segment entitled “Subscriber’s Selection!” posting 7-17-10

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2010 3:55 am

    You’re absolutely right on about this film! I can’t wait to see it again! I think it is better than The Matrix as well in that it is more refined in its narrative construct and has a superior cast.

    (I like title of your post as well)

    I posted my review after the midnight screening:

    http://davethenovelist.wordpress.com/2010/07/16/the-inception-of-dreams/

    • July 16, 2010 9:56 am

      Thank you for your comments! I am glad you agree and enjoyed the film! Can’t wait to see it again!

  2. July 16, 2010 5:42 pm

    Great review! I think it’s funny that everyone is saying “Can’t wait to see it again!” in the comments – that’s when you know a movie is good! :)

    • July 16, 2010 5:50 pm

      Thanks Dustin! Yeah, I really enjoyed the film! and, that’s all I see on everyone else’s site! Repeat viewings!! haha Thanks for reading! I like your site btw!

  3. July 18, 2010 2:05 pm

    Thanks for the comment on my blog; I appreciate it!
    Yea, I was talking to a friend about the movie, and the Matrix did come up. I don’t think there’s any way to avoid it because of the very similar defying-gravity action sequences. Besides that, I don’t think the two are comparable, but I thought it was amazing to see the anti-gravity scenes in Inception; it was flawless and even graceful!
    I loved the movie and I will definitely let you know what I think after another viewing!

  4. September 10, 2010 9:38 pm

    I just loved the way he worked the movie The Prestige. I’m sure Inception will be a mind twister as well. I still haven’t had the chance to see the flick yet but after reading the reviews here I just cannot resist. Weekend is here and I’m going to the movies!

    • September 10, 2010 11:58 pm

      Thank you for visiting and for your comment! I’ll be interested to see your thoughts of Inception once you see it! And you’re right..I loved The Prestige too! What is your favorite Nolan movie?

  5. September 11, 2010 12:55 am

    So far it’s the Memento. In terms of novelty that one really blew my socks off! how about your’s?

  6. September 11, 2010 6:30 am

    Memento is a great choice! I don’t know that I can choose a favorite one of his. I like all of his work to date. But, if I had to, I’d have to say The Dark Knight…and here’s why…#1-He succeeded with a great sequel. #2- He brought about an even greater reality to the possibility of batman in real life. #3- The Joker. #4- The inventiveness of the music, cinematography, and technology. #5- use of the cast (almost all the same from Batman Begins). #6- No Katie Holmes :) What Nolan has done for Batman has been amazing! Especially after all the Batman movies that, basically, are Batman-at-a-rave movies! Thanks again for your comment. I will be following your blogs. Welcome to wordpress and TheScarletSp1der’s Web!

  7. December 9, 2010 1:22 pm

    Good to see that we are both on the same line.

    http://moviegeekblog.wordpress.com

    • December 9, 2010 10:02 pm

      As am I. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  8. Stepheny permalink
    January 5, 2011 11:37 am

    I was intrigued but let down. They explained all of the dreamworld ‘shenanigans’ for an hour, but once they went in, it was nameless bad guys shooting machine guns. My idea for the end was that the entire thing was a dream. It would explain why no character in the movie has any type of story or any type of depth except Leo. they are all facets of him. Also, certain things didn’t make sense to me. My ‘dream’ theory would explain these issues. For example, they explained that your brain runs faster in sleep. But it makes no sense that it would run even faster if you dream in a dream. makes no sense unless it’s all imagined. As you watch ‘Inception’, you believe the science..but then when you think about it, it’s all nonsense..just like an actual dream.

    • January 5, 2011 11:43 am

      What a great outlook on the film! Thanks for sharing! One thing I do really like about Inception is the fact that your ending/explanation could really be the true ending. But so could also countless others. I love the fact that it draws out so many theories and conversations that spark debate and thought! In my opinion, Nolan accomplished one of the great goals he set out to: intrigue audiences with a world that everyone knows, but no one can explain….their own dreams! (which is one reason why I crowned it Movie #1 of 2010 (http://wp.me/pWaTa-CN).Thanks for stopping in and sharing your perspective! I love it!

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