Wednesday, August 4, 2010


One summer can produce more crappy movies than one should have to endure. One month can show a handful of visually (not mentally) stimulating brain candy. One week can release a couple above average films. And one day can unveil pure perfection in terms of big screen media. That day was the day the hype was answered and Inception was released.

All have seen the previews and know the story line, at least what is needed to be intrigued. Dreams that can be manipulated by the few who have been trained in manipulating others dreams. How complicated can it get? Apparently writing a screenplay focused on this subject can take on a life in itself. Especially coming from the mind of Christopher Nolan of Memento fame. It’s hard not to fall straight into the world of a Nolan film and forget where or how you got there, which was just deduced, is how he came up with the premise for Inception!

The caliber of acting can be perceived by the quality of actors joined together. DiCapprio, Joe Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Wantanabe… They all step up and bring together a chemistry all directors should dream for. Without it, this could have fallen flat. I didn’t think there would be a film this soon that would top the mind f*** or emotional power that Shutter Island gave us, but here it is.

There is a lot to talk about here, not much that would really spoil an ending, but it could spoil the journey so it will be left out. Many will be interested that the dream sequences give the impression of a typical action movie (many will also dislike it), but it gives the film a logical fell that this could really happen. If it was your job to create and maneuver someone’s dream state, you are not going to make things harder on yourself by filling the world with rainbows, flying, or any other typical dream clich├ęs.

Following the storyline may get a little complicated, however, the basic premise is very straightforward and basic. You could even ignore the small details, enjoy the basic idea, and see a great action movie. All of it together, though, creates an amazing journey through dream and reality.

Gina: [goofy, non-related comment] 8 of 10 stars.

Chad: [stupid joke] 5 of 5 beers

Kevin: [logical reasoning related to film] 9.9 of 10 stars, maybe one of the best movies I’ve ever seen!

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