Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Um.... Inception. Leonardo DiCaprio steals people's secrets by going into their dreams where people's minds are not as guarded. Except this time he's doing a job that requires him to implant an idea into someone's mind. That's the simple explanation of this movie.

Don't fall asleep during this movie. Because when you wake up, you will have no idea what is going on. This is a complex story line and concept to even grasp. This movie definitely requires you to pay attention. I've even heard that this movie may be too complex for moviegoers. But I'll take the benefit of the doubt.

I'm not sure that I was even quite sure what this movie was about when watching the trailers. The special effects seemed cool and the trailer was cool. So therefore, the movie must seem cool. Right? Right! Wes and I were kind of astounded (yes, I used the word "astounded") at how someone could think up this plot line and then interweave an underlying story in it as well. Christopher Nolan seems to be good at that. He did write the story for The Prestige, which also blended the lines between what was reality and what wasn't. Know who else also did a movie like that? Leonardo DiCaprio in Shutter Island.

Speaking of Leo, he did a good job as did the rest of the cast. I couldn't tell you who was the weakest. And while, Leo's character was probably the strongest dramatic character, Joseph Gordon-Levitt definitely had the coolest anti-gravity fight scenes. He is making quite a career for himself post-3rd Rock from the Sun era. Nevermind the flop of GI Joe. But he got some good practice in that movie for the Inception action scenes. I really enjoyed Ellen Page's character. Her character is new to the team and plays a pretty significant role in the movie and plot line. Ellen also stood up well to Leonardo and held her own in their scenes together - which were a lot. I could go on and on about the cast and how I felt they did, but let's just say collectively they all did a great job.

The special effects, while weren't in every scene, were very interesting and compelling. Of course, my favorite were Joseph Gordon-Levitt's fight scenes. But the bending of a subject's surroundings in a dream were fun to watch. Although this isn't necessarily a special effect, I liked that some parts of the movie were in smooth, slow motion. It added to the effect and helped in the story-line. Confused? You'll have to see the movie to get that.

Oh, and side note: Can I mention all the different ties in this movie? #1 Leo & Pete Postlethwaite worked together before in Romeo + Juliet. #2 Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy and Ken Watanabe have worked with Christopher Nolan before on the Batman movies. #3 This is Leo's second movie where his character married a crazy wife. #4 Also Leo's second movie in which it's difficult to tell what's real and what's not. You could also count this as Christopher Nolan's specialty. And I'm sure there's more. IMDB needs a version of the 6 Degrees to Kevin Bacon game.

This movie will probably be one of those movies you can watch again and again and pick up on new things each time you watch it. There are a lot of layers to this movie and will leave you discussing and pondering the ending for at least a couple of hours. If you're not wanting to spend the bucks for a movie ticket, definitely rent this one when it comes out.

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