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 Post subject: Inception (Please mark spoilers!)
PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:53 am 
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Hello,
There are and always have been films that stand apart, that celebrate define and redefine genres, that capture our imagination and hearts.

- "The Day the Earth Stood Still" in 1951
- "A Fistful of Dollars" in 1964
- "2001" in 1968
- "Star Wars" in 1977
- "Alien" in 1979
- "Blade Runner" in 1982
- "Matrix" in 1999
- "The Dark Knight" and "Gran Torino" in 2008
- "Avatar" in 2009

And "Inception" in 2010!

Yes, there are more films that should be mentioned, the list kind of grew while I was typing it and I realized that I would probably keep adding films for a good long while - suffice to say that this list makes no claim to be complete.

And "Inception", there is no doubt in my mind, will be recognized as another such milestone that will stand out in years to come. Other films will be measured against it and there will be comparisons, of course. What I realized in the very heated discussion we had on "Avatar" was, that it is unfair to directly compare films, even within a genre - it will usually be a disservice to at least one, probably even both films. So I shall strive to stay away from it this time round.

What is the film about?
Well, on its most basic level, the story is about the idea that you can invade another person's mind while they are asleep and steal ideas from them. Cobb (di Caprio) is one of the best in doing just that, but things have not gone well for him and he is on the run from the authorities and the ghosts of his past. He is hired by a powerful Japanese business man (Watanabe) not to steal an idea, but rather to plant it. So he assembles a team of specialists and the job can begin.

This is just the most basic storyline though, there are so many different layers that it would not be possible for an amateur reviewer like myself to summarize them properly. Suffice to say that the plot is concise, perfectly executed and of impeccable internal logic - not once does Nolan break the laws he stipulated in this film.

The acting is nothing short of perfect with di Caprio standing head and shoulders above the rest of the cast with the possible exception of Cilian Murphy, once more showing that he is one of the best actors of his generation. But as already in "Dark Knight", Nolan shows his talent for casting the perfect person for each role - and all of them deliver sterling performances.

Emotionally I could not invest as much in the film as it would have deserved, I was simply exhausted and frustrated after a long week at work, so I enjoyed it (and very much so) in a slightly detached way. That is not the fault of the film though, I am convinced that the problem here was entirely on my side.

And then the ending - it is nothing short of masterful I could literally hear the audience gasp and there was even the suggestion of applause, which is highly unusual for Ireland!

I cannot recommend this film enough, go and watch it on the biggest screen you can, as it loves the big screen and it absolutely will not be the same on TV. If you can get to an IMAX-screen, make sure to do so - I am seriously considering flying over to London to see the film on IMAX there. Maybe if it is still running when we are having our Intrepids meet ...

10/10, another masterpiece and a milestone in film history and IMHO it establishes Nolan as the successor to Stanley Kubrik [Name corrected, thank you, X! *g*], arguably one of the best directors ever.


Zos

P.S. I also just realized that Inception single-handedly disproved the need for Michael Bay to direct another film ever again, because Nolan beats him on his home turf with action scenes that are simply beyond awe-inspiring. And other than the lesser director's creations they do not have an air of gratuitousness - every single scene in this film (action or otherwise) is necessary to drive the story.

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 Post subject: Re: Inception (Please mark spoilers!)
PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:39 am 
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so i'l take this as a zose tripple star rating,i'l check it out ^^

btw for yer list of movies : man in the iron mask ^^

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 Post subject: Re: Inception (Please mark spoilers!)
PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:11 pm 
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Nice review thanks Zos but ... errr ....
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Michael Kubrik

Who the hell is he? Did you mean Stanley Kubrick? :D

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 Post subject: Re: Inception (Please mark spoilers!)
PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 5:58 am 
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Eeep, how embarrassing! I have corrected it now, thank you, X. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Inception (Please mark spoilers!)
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:37 am 
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Zoser wrote:
Eeep, how embarrassing! I have corrected it now, thank you, X. :)

hehe Zos. I presumed you were on to some trendy new director I'd never heard of. :D

Don't worry: I won't tell anyone. :wink:

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