Inception (2010)

These gaps in writing film reviews has got to stop, eh, my friends?  Sorry for my absence.  Oh, and a fair warning on this review, because its one of my top five favorites, I pray I’ll be able to do it justice.

“Inception” is an science fiction/action/drama in a slightly future world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dreams, and when a highly skilled thief is given a chance at redemption, he will do anything to get back to the life he once had through the act of planting an idea in someone else’s mind; Inception.  The epic stars gifted actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine.  Written, Produced, and Directed by the film mastermind Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight).  (Running Time: 148 minutes)(Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout)

I was silently struck with utter amazement and wonder at the sheer awesomeness of the film when I saw it in the theaters on that July morning.  So…flabbergasted with love for it that I went straight back to the same movie theater to see it again that evening (and I had never done that before–and may never do it again…)


(Alright, I better pipe down a notch and slow the pounding in my chest to a normal level.  I’ll also try to keep this review average length and not go into too many tedious details and bore you to never see the film again.  See?–already I’m babbling)

The visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan had the idea for Inception a good decade ago, when the idea of making a movie about dreams crossed his mind, and if someone could dive into others’ minds and steal their ideas.  As his career began to grow (with the success of the original mystery, Memento), he knew he would eventually make this movie, so he took his time here and there to write it down on paper, tweak it, polish it, and review it whenever he had the chance.  His wife (and producing partner) Emma Thomas noted that after every film he finished, “he would always come back to it.  It wasn’t one of those things he put in a drawer and forgot about.”  And throughout this period of tweaking the script, Christopher realized he shouldn’t try to condense it and make it “small”, because it was a large-scale idea that should be seen in big perspective.  After the great success of The Dark Knight, the studios backing him knew he had potential at bringing folks to the box office and allowed him to make this “sci-fi epic”, as they called it.

The cast is small, compared to other films; but the story is run quite a lot on the characters’ motivations, fears, success, etc., so the acting had to be up to par.  Needless to say, it was!  I won’t dwell on it too much, but on a side note, almost all the actors and actresses have been nominated for Academy Awards (some of them winning), which makes me suspect Mr. Nolan was smart in another regard; to have such prestigious actors working on a project like this one.  So, thumbs up for the acting in this movie!  Well played!

I could spend ten reviews put together all about the story of Inception; its greatness, its flawlessness, and especially its originality.  Both I (and some) critics agree for a change that its one of the few original movies of the past few decades; something new, something tasteful and different!  Personally, that’s what I love to see in movies; a distinction, tasteful, artistic difference.  Not going into a weird style like…*ahem*, Quentin Tarantino, Gus Van Sant and that ilk, but something acceptably new.  The outline of Inception and the story is totally new in many ways, and I won’t innumerate them at this time.  It has its twists, its thoughtful nature, and well-paced and well-placed storyline.  You got to appreciate that in a film–in the few you can find.

Christopher Nolan is one of the top greatest directors of our time!  A master of filmmaking; a genius.  Pure and simple!

Opening weekend at the box office for Inception was $62.1 million, which was more then what Warner Bros. was expecting.  In total, the film made over $823 million worldwide.  It is currently the 25th highest grossing film of all time (inflated to fit older films and their ticket prices).

The film was met with unexpected positive reviews, with the people noted it for its fresh, original story, magnificently done action scenes, and well-acted parts.  Its diversity and freshness allowed the film to be nominated for eight Academy Awards, and winning four of them (Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects).  This is Christopher Nolan’s most award-season successful thus far, and I pray he will be nominated–and win–more in the years to follow.

Definitely a 7 out of 7 stars, ladies and gentlemen!  Highly encouraged!  A must-see movie filled with paradox, action, thrilling moments, intense drama, and so much more!

Please watch Inception.  You’ve never seen anything like it…!


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