Inception – Movie Review

You’re waiting for a movie, a movie that will take you where no other movie has taken you before… Inception is that movie. To say this is a brilliant movie would be a gross understatement.

Rising to the status of a cult-hit in mere months, this is beyond a doubt the movie of the year. Regardless of whether the later hype of other movies didn’t help its award chances, this is the movie that will forever remain in the minds of audiences. Sort of like last year’s Avatar. This is the movie highlight of 2010.

Written and directed by the amazing Christopher Nolan (and I mean, is there a Christopher Nolan movie that you have not really liked or come to appreciate?), Inception tells the story of a time when accessing people’s dreams to obtain information is a possibility. Cob, portrayed by the brilliant and under appreciated Leo DiCaprio, is a dream architect who is haunted by his own subconscious represented by his deceased wife, Mal (think French with the name), portrayed by the breathtaking Marion Cotillard. Accused of killing his wife, Cob is offered the chance to go back home to his children on the condition that he pulls something that was never done before – plant an idea inside the head of a business giant’s son to break down his father’s empire; hence, the title: Inception. To do this, he must get together a team that will help him pull off this multi-layered dream construct.

The movie might be about dreaming but you need to be fully awake to comprehend what’s going on. I believe the reason Inception is not getting adorned with the awards it deserves is basically because the award personnel did not understand it or found it too complicated. However, a movie of this magnitude deserves much more than the technical awards it’s scarcely receiving. Not to give Christopher Nolan a nomination for his direction is an abomination and he doesn’t look like a favorite for the original screenplay he wrote as well.

Regarding the acting, Inception’s strength is in the collective work of its whole acting body. All of the actors and actresses in this movie are helping the main character, Cob, to find salvation through this dream into the subconscious. The interactions between the characters themselves and between them and their surroundings are truly marvelous, a simple manifestation of the brilliance of the screenplay and director moving them.

The special effects in the movie are top-notch and some parts are reminiscent of The Matrix. The movie bends around the laws of physics like child’s playΒ  and somehow manages to convince you that all of this makes sense.

The soundtrack, composed by Hans Zimmer, is also my favorite out of all the movie soundtracks released this year. My favorite track on it “Time,” a musical composition that I believe is absolutely stunning. Another notable track is “Dream Is Collapsing.” Listening to the soundtrack, it flows very smoothly andΒ  feels like it’s one part it’s separated into tracks. The inspiration for it was “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” by the great Edith Piaf.

Overall, if you haven’t watched this then what are you still doing reading this?

 

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15 thoughts on “Inception – Movie Review

  1. Marillon Cotilard is just perfect in this movie!
    I totally agree with the award part! I was so confused after seeing it for the first time, but then I watched it again and again and understood the concept. Quite genius!

    On the other part, the relationship between Cob and Mal was so intense. I love how deep they took us into his mind & emotions! Nobody can portray these feelings so clearly.

    Thanks for the review πŸ™‚ Made me want to watch the movie again! I’ll probably rent the DVD!

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    • She is! The scene with her and Cob towards the end is chills inducing. And whenever she says “you’re waiting for a train…” she gives me shivers. She is just an awesome actress!
      I actually only saw the movie once at the cinema and another time on DVD. It’s a hard movie to understand – especially if you’ve gone into it five minutes late :p – but I immersed myself in it completely and loved it. The way it comes out at the end in a nice bow that leaves you perplexed at the end.

      Thanks for liking the review πŸ™‚

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  2. Very very Good review! πŸ˜€
    However I was not euphorical about the movie as you were. I liked it very much, and it sure sets the bar very high for every movie to be made (I mean I saw ot twice in theaters :P) but it was a bit over-the-top for me. And the movie may be about dreaming, but that doesn’t mean that Leo should be sleepwalking in it (IMO) πŸ˜› Kudos for the rest of the cast (as u said, team work) & for the jaw-dropping, spell-binding, ground-breaking, swashbuckling visuals.

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    • Haha, I was amazed by it because I’m more than used to movies that are overhyped but turn out to be predictable. This movie, I thought, whilst over-the-top, was simply fascinating to watch. You need to immerse yourself to understand it.
      I prefer Leo in Shutter Island much more than in Inception, but I thought both performances were pretty good, with Shutter Island being more than great. I am perplexed as to why he was completely shut out in the acting categories actually.
      The rest of the cast was awesome, of course and yeah, visuals = brilliance!
      Thanks for dropping by πŸ˜€

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  5. I read the review again now that I’ve seen the movie. And I guess I’m one of the persons who simply don’t understand this kinda stuff, lol. Right from the beginning it was too complicated for me, I was too lazy to think and figure out what this and that means. Also I think the idea was a bit copied from ‘Matrix’, a trilogy which I personally love and which makes more sense in my mind than this movie. Anyways, it was good to have watched it. I liked the soundtrack, and the fact that Michael Caine and the other guy from the first Batman movie were in it. And Leo of course, although his best movie will ever be ‘Titanic’ ❀ πŸ˜‰

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    • It is a very complicated movie. I had a friend call me at 1 am after she was done watching it at the movies because she didn’t understand it. LOL. So yeah, I do see where you’re coming from. It’s one of the reasons why the Oscars people snubbed it. They felt it was too complicated. You know what, I have never seriously watched The Matrix Trilogy. I need to do that ASAP. And yes, the soundtrack is absolutely awesome! I told you to listen to it a few times but you refused :p

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      • haha, I know you told me, and you know I always refuse in the first place, lol πŸ˜‰ but I really liked it, basically it was the thing kept me watching the movie.
        check out the Matrix, I can really recommend that. It blew my mind as a kid, watching this. And Keanu Reeves of course πŸ˜€

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        • Yeah you do! I think Hans Zimmer is great! Is he German? πŸ˜€
          And I definitely need to watch The Matrix! Maybe I’ll get the DVDs tomorrow πŸ˜€
          Btw, Keanu Reeves was born in Lebanon :p

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        • They most definitely are! I have yet to find a Christopher Nolan movie that I don’t like!
          That’s partly why I love Harry Potter. Such a vast world created by J.K. Rowling.

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  6. Yep, he’s German πŸ™‚
    Didn’t know Keanu was born over there, what a coincidence. I was so mad about him these days, but then Johnny Depp came into my life, haha.
    I think you must be a genius for constructing movies and worlds like this in your mind, Matrix or Inception, so I think these directors are brilliant.

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