Saturday, January 8, 2011

Inception (2010) Pg-13 - 4 Stars

Aka "Oliver's Row", this is a movie you really have to pay close attention, especially at the beginning. My sister and I started to watch it and got about half way through and turned it off because we were lost. We weren't paying enough attention and talking to much. Watching it alone, listening, and really understanding made it much more enjoyable for me. As a matter of fact, it really got me thinking about the power of the subconscious mind long after the movie was over. I really love the "totem" they all keep with them to remind them of reality.

Inception is an extremely complex idea with similarities to The Matrix. I so loved Momento from Christopher Nolan and I'm always amazed on what his dreaming up next. Movies that mess with your mind are my favorites, and the terrific special effects don't hurt. I was really into the movie until the dream scene with the snow. That scene didn't hold my attention as well as the rest, perhaps because of the monotone effect in white. The more I think of it, that is probably why it's like that as a lot of people do not dream in color.

Dom Cobb, (Leonardo DiCaprio), is the worst type of thief. He steals from your mind. The best in his field in corporate espionage, he uses his abilities to extract secrets from deep inside the subconscious mind. It's cost him dearly in his past and when Saito, (Ken Watanabe), offers him a second chance on redemption by pulling off one last assignment, he must accept. But this is no ordinary request of stealing an idea from the mind. This time, he must plant the seed of idea and make it grow, tipping the natural course progression.

Cobb assembles a team of specialists including Ariadne, (Ellen Page), Arthur, (Joseph Gordon-Levitt),  Eames, (Tom Hardy), and Yusuf (Dileep Rao). The plan is to invade the mind of  Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy). Cobb can have it all and return to his normal life but his past Mal, (Marion Cotillard), still haunts him and keeps getting in the way.

2010 - Hollywood Film Festival - Hollywood Movie of the Year
2010 - Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards - Best Art Direction & Best Original Screenplay -Christopher Nolan

Legendary Pictures, Inc., Syncopy Films, Warner Brothers Pictures
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Producers: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
I viewed 12/10

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