Saturday, 30 April 2011

INCEPTION (2010) MOVIE REVIEW

                      Your mind is the scene of the crime

Storyline

Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

Genres:

Review
 
Perchance to Dream


In "Inception" Ellen Page's dream architect Ariadne asks Leonardo DiCaprio's haunted Cobb, "Why is it so important to dream?" Hamlet contemplated death saying: "To sleep: perchance to dream." All is not as it appears. Director and Writer Christopher Nolan's "Inception" is the most original movie of the last 5 years. Nolan takes "Inception" quantum levels beyond his "Memento". "Inception" is simply awesome. My bud Darin cautioned that one has to focus intently during the first 20 minutes of "Inception", and then it really gets confusing. Master storyteller Nolan takes us on a wild ride and circles back and completes all of the story arcs and threads. Leonardo DiCarprio is powerful. He plays Dom Cobb, a corporate espionage specialist whose explicit gift is extracting people's dreams. He is hired by ruthless CEO Saito (charismatic Ken Watanabe) to liquidate a rival corporation.

Cobb must do the impossible and create a dream in Fischer (Cillian Murphy), the surviving son of Saito's corporate rival. This is inception, which Cobb reminds Saito has never been done before. And Cobb is lying. He is a flawed tragic hero, who literally imprisons a dark secret. He is a fugitive living abroad, offering his specific service. Inception may be his last chance at redemption for his very soul and reuniting with his young son and daughter.

Cobb assembles his team. He returns to visit his mentor Miles (solid and great Michael Caine) at a university in Paris. Cobb enrolls Miles's best student Ariadne (spirited and smart Ellen Page) as his dream architect. Apparently, you can get a PhD in dream architecture in Paris—go figure. In a visually stunning display of manipulated dreams Paris literally bends sideways. Ariadne has an innate gift and is totally hooked. Perceptive Ariadne discerns that Cobb is a deadly liability to the mission—he is haunted by dreams of his wife Mal (captivatingly suffering Marion Cotillard). Cobb tells Ariadne to create dreams anew, never from memories. Apparently, Cobb is violating his own rule.

In Chris Nolan's construct, dreams have 3 defined levels. The fourth level is the subconscious, an eternity of desire and fear. Also because the mind accelerates in deeper levels of dreams, we experience a dream time dilation—an homage to Einstein? In this dream math: something like 20 seconds is 20 minutes in level 1, 2 hours in level 2, 2 weeks in level 3, and on the order of years in level 4. Nolan meticulously orchestrates all elements as a van plunges into a river. There is the distinct danger that one may be lost for a lifetime in the subconscious—imprisoned and unable to escape for eternity. So the 2.5 hours of "Inception" would be—I kid. Ironically, Cobb and all involved are willing to risk this for merely money and corporate gain.

What occurs as peculiar in Act 2 in level 3 of the dream is the James Bond-like commando raid on the snow covered fortress. Outwardly, this seems very cheesy. Then the story focuses on Fischer's memories of his disapproving father. Further beneath Cobb must reconcile the ghosts of his wife or forever be lost. Cillian Murphy is surprising in his quiet humanity and power. DiCaprio is powerful and commanding throughout. Nolan generates the space for creation. DiCaprio effortlessly is just being, and is so compelling. For me, "Inception" resonates in these 2 poignant story arcs. Particularly, with Murphy's Fischer there is amazing catharsis, even in retrospect it may have been manufactured. Nolan is brilliant. I think in "Inception" memories are just memories—it is the stories we create about them that either empower us or imprison us. In the end Nolan comes full circle and completes the journey, then in the last frame he makes us wonder. Chris Nolan is the master storyteller—enthralling us and always making us consider the possibilities.


Academy Awards, USA
YearResultAwardCategory/Recipient(s)
2011 Won Oscar Best Achievement in Cinematography
Wally Pfister
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Richard King
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Lora Hirschberg
Gary Rizzo
Ed Novick
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Chris Corbould
Andrew Lockley
Pete Bebb
Paul J. Franklin
Nominated Oscar Best Achievement in Art Direction
Guy Hendrix Dyas
Larry Dias
Douglas A. Mowat
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Hans Zimmer
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Christopher Nolan
Emma Thomas
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Christopher Nolan


Directed by
Christopher Nolan
Writing credits
(WGA)
Christopher Nolan(written by)
Cast (in credits order)
Leonardo DiCaprio... Cobb
Joseph Gordon-Levitt... Arthur
Ellen Page... Ariadne
Tom Hardy... Eames
Ken Watanabe... Saito
Dileep Rao... Yusuf
Cillian Murphy... Robert Fischer
Tom Berenger... Peter Browning
Marion Cotillard... Mal
Pete Postlethwaite... Maurice Fischer
Michael Caine... Miles
Lukas Haas... Nash
Tai-Li Lee... Tadashi
Claire Geare... Phillipa Cobb - 3 years
Magnus Nolan... James Cobb - 20 months
Taylor Geare... Phillipa (5 years)
Johnathan Geare... James (3 years)
Tohoru Masamune... Japanese Security Guard
Yuji Okumoto... Saito's Attendant
Earl Cameron... Elderly Bald Man
Ryan Hayward... Lawyer
Miranda Nolan... Flight Attendant
Russ Fega... Cab Driver
Tim Kelleher... Thin Man
Talulah Riley... Blonde

Produced by
Zakaria Alaoui.... line producer: Morocco (as Zak Alaoui)
John Bernard.... line producer: France
Chris Brigham.... executive producer
Jordan Goldberg.... co-producer
Thomas Hayslip.... associate producer: Canada
Christopher Nolan.... producer
Kanjiro Sakura.... producer: Cross Media, Japan
Yoshikuni Taki.... producer: Wave Media, Japan
Emma Thomas.... producer
Thomas Tull.... executive producer
Original Music by
Hans Zimmer
Cinematography by
Wally Pfister(director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lee Smith

3 comments:

  1. YA PART OF NOT THE REVIEW......... IT IS MINE........ REMAINING THINGS ARE FROM IMDB

    ReplyDelete
  2. This movie was definitely one of the more confusing movies I have seen lately. I loved all the things that messed with my head! Like how time changes were in every dream stage. I am definitely going to be seeing Inception again. I rented the movie from Blockbuster and I absolutely loved it! I know that right now, Blockbuster is running a promotion where you can receive unlimited rentals for free in Blockbuster stores through July 4th! When you rent a Blockbuster movie that’s priced at $2.99, you can rent another movie that is priced at $1.99 or less free for the first day! Whenever you are done watching the free movie, just return to a Blockbuster store as much as you want to get another free rental through July 4th! As a customer and employee of DISH Network, I also know that if you switch to DISH, you can get 3 months of Blockbuster for free! You get movies like Inception and thousands of others! Plus new releases are available 28 days before Netflix and Redbox! I suggest going to http://goo.gl/wuMrN to get all the information!

    ReplyDelete