Inception review

Inception is a fantastically imaginative and very ambitious foray into the human mind and literally into dreams, it’s a Christopher Nolan action film and one of the most iconic films in modern cinema. Inception stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Michael Caine, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine. As a thief who works with a team to plant ideas into peoples minds (Inception) using dream sharing technology, is tasked with putting ideas into the mind of a CEO.

And while the idea of manipulating and affecting peoples’ dreams isn’t completely original, it’s still a really cool and creative concept, Christopher Nolan really shines with the film with some fantastic visuals, awesome set pieces and a great cast that really work well together in portraying compelling characters. The plot is also a very big reason to why the film is so great, it’s perfectly paced and very engaging and it packs that crucial emotional Nolan punch, drawing you into the story as you learn that Cobb (Leo DiCaprio) is battling his own demons and puts the whole mission in jeopardy with his own projection of his deceased wife Mal. And though he and the group are intruding a persons’ mind and ‘committing crimes’, Cobb is doing so to help get his name cleared and so he can see his kids again, is what he’s doing wrong? Possibly, but he’s also doing things with his family in mind.

The cast is brilliant, they all work with each other really well and Ellen Page is great as Ariadne, the intern who’s in way over her head, while Leonardo DiCaprio once again delivers a spirited, enthusiastic performance, playing Cobb, while Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon Levitt are also great, Ken Watanabe and Marion Cotillards characters bring an extra emotional edge to the story.

Inception is an excellently constructed film which is no surprise for a Nolan film, you can really see how the separate elements of the film come together to make it great, from the action sequences to the stellar visuals – the spectacle of seeing peoples’ dream worlds and various scenarios from freight trains in highways or downtown city blocks folding in on themselves. Nolan dares to dream big here and his creativity and desire to tell smart stories with big scope is evident, the plot is very engaging and thrilling while not boring you with exposition or minor details. And while also being a drama, the action services the film well and is suspenseful, pitting characters in life or death situations, action is shot spectacularly with Nolan employing use of CGI and extensive practical effects to create some stunning scenes, the anti-gravity fight sequence in the hotel springs to mind as it as an example of how creative some of the set pieces in the film are.

Seeing things in levels of the dream world above lower levels affect them was awesome and it added an extra element to everything that was going on, things went wrong for the characters, very wrong as things went on and it added some great tension, the dreamscapers (I guess I’ll call them that) aren’t perfect and make mistakes, so watching them have to often improvise and try to get through situations was fun to watch. Inception also has a fantastic soundtrack, one of the most memorable and iconic in a modern sci-fi film I would say. Hans Zimmer once again delivers with a score that matches action sequences, elevates them and raises the tension to a crescendo, the soundtrack just stands as an example of the high quality that went into the making of the movie itself, an entertaining, emotional thrill ride.

9/10

. Brilliantly shot, effective use of practical effects

. Great cast and some great performances, especially by Lenonardo DiCaprio

. Plot is great, engaging, well paced and emotionally effective

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6 thoughts on “Inception review

  1. Leo only uses Mal’s totem and we see it falling over when he uses it. We also see it not falling over when Mal or Saito use it. And Leo has it on him when we know he’s dreaming.

    Mal (a projection of Leo’s subconscious) accuses Leo of having dreamt the contents of the whole film. She points out the events of the film resembling a persecuted subconscious.

    Last shot we see the totem start to wobble, but would it matter if it fell over? If Mal’s right, falling over indicates Leo’s still dreaming. And people throughout the film keep telling Leo to come back to reality.

    So, do you think the entire film is a dream and the cast projections of Leo’s subconscious?

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    • Yep the big talking point of the film and no I don’t, in part because we see Cobb escape the sub-conscious, as does Saito and Ariadne.

      I think the totem spinning might just be some clever mis-direction in the end to get people talking and thinking about the films events, that and Mal’s crazy lol. I take it as everything happened in real life, the totem did wobble meaning that wasn’t a dream – so in real life it wouldn’t spin forever.

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  2. K, playing devil’s advocate here…

    Cobb makes the point to Ariadne and to Fischer that they can’t account for how they arrived at the place where Cobb is talking to them.

    We see Ariadne telling Cobb the time to get out was then or he’d be left behind. Yet, we’re given no account of how – having gone in search of and finding Saito – that neither were left behind and both we’re able to come out.

    They show Cobb’s gun, but they’d already clarified killing would only take them into deeper recesses of their subconscious rather than waking them. In fact, all the movie events really do happen to align themselves with that dream element convenience.

    It’s enough to keep me in my current “undecided” status and I’m always on the lookout for that one clue in the film that tips the scales. 😀

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    • Haha well regarding lost time I think it’s left a bit ambiguous and probably intentionally by Nolan to make you think and question things, adding a further element to the story as a whole.

      I’m looking at from more of a film making pov (partly because you can’t fully prove or disprove the dream theory) and I think it makes sense to have some sense of ambiguity there for extra viewer interest. So yeah It’s hard to say for sure but I’ve always lent on the it’s all real side as the story as a whole makes more sense that way imo.

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