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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Fantasy / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: Christopher Nolan / Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy ... / Blu-ray released 2010-12-06 at Warner Home Video

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      03.10.2013 19:45

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      A visual treat and acting masterclass.

      It is all too easy to take a unique concept for a movie, and turn it into something that's so difficult to understand and follow, that you just switch off.

      This could well have happened with Inception. Thankfully not.

      The first thing that you notice about this movie is that its made by Chris Nolan, so you know its going to be good. Nolan, in an age of CGI and big effects, likes to keep his movies as grounded and realistic looking as possible.

      Then the cast. Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy. There's some of the finest actors working in this cast.

      On a basic level, this is a heist movie. DiCaprio is a master thief, and is propositioned to pull off his biggest heist yet which will allow him to return to the family he was forced to leave behind a long time ago. He must assemble a crew to aid him, to go over the plans, to do the stakeouts, to cover all the bases.

      But it's not as straight forward as robbing a bank, or a Vegas casino...

      DiCaprio's character is a master placing himself into people's subconscious via their dreams, and stealing information and secrets. Cillian Murphy plays the heir to a multi-billion dollar company, who inherits everything when his father passes away. DiCaprio must enter the mind of this man, and plant an idea in his brain which will convince him to shut down his empire.

      What follows is all-out action, mind-bending visuals and head-scratching twists.

      The movie is brilliantly written and directed, amazingly acted and thouroughly engaging from start to finish. Its a huge budget film, but relies more on a strong story than the usual bells and whistles.

      And the ending? Well, you'll see for yourself....

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      25.07.2011 10:01
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      A stylish thriller that entertains on multiple levels!

      British Director Christopher Nolan is a very good director and writer; his previous films are undeniably classics, such as Momento, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. His level of skill by adding a touch of reality to a film excels the sheer quality of the piece you are watching. Inception reminded me a lot of The Matrix for the first twenty minutes, then after that the film went out on its own. Nolan has proved himself to deliver high quality and stylish films before and I found myself completely absorbed by Inception. I had bought this on Blu-ray at Christmas and never seemed to be in the mood to watch it, however with the general lull with their being anything worth watching on TV last weekend decided that it was time for the film to be watched.

      The plot is quite a hard one to follow and tells a story of a team entering a person's induced dream to gather information. Whether this is a code for a safe or information that would give a competitor the advantage in business and with the team there are various responsibilities that are given. For example one person has to be the Architect to construct the dream, the Imposter to pose as close friends of the target. As long as the target is in a friendly and well known environment they simply believe that they are asleep when in fact they are actually being attacked via there sub-conscious. When a plan is hatched to gather information on behalf of a client, the team are taken further and deeper than before giving themselves problems as they proceed. This can also be classified as a film that does et out to be original in what happens and how its done, the cast are mercenaries as well as thieves, but unlike other films are vastly intelligent with the means at their disposal.

      I went in and watched the film without actually understanding what the film was about, okay I had seen the adverts on TV, but the issue for me was that I went in with an open mind to watch the film and had no expectations about what I was going to see, I also think this is the best way to do this as the criteria it covers is heavy and you do have to concentrate to watch the film and to follow it. Do that and it all becomes clear as to what is happening throughout this epic piece of cinema.

      This is actually the first film that I have ever watched with Leonardo Di Caprio in; I'm not the person who wants to see Titanic as I know the ending. Here he is far more mature and plays the lead in the story, called Dom Cobb. Basically he is a thief and resorts to any means possible to get the information for a client. I was impressed with the level of maturity that he displayed in the part, the character is far from flawed and as the film grows and evolves you see that the person on-screen is simply a projection and has what can easily be described as an addiction.

      The lead is great in the part, the rest of the cast is just as good, Joseph Gordon- Levitt, who you may remember as Tommy from 3rd Rock from the Sun plays Arthur. The character is a loyal sidekick to Cobb that never leaves his side and is a valuable right hand man in all situations. Suited in smart well cut suits Arthur gives the impression that he has everything under control and simply gets the job done as necessary.

      Ellen Page is one of my favourite actresses, well known for her part in Juno, she plays the newly recruited Ariadne, and she is the Architect that creates the realities that the team fall into. She has the power to create anything and everything and is the key to the team and where they go. As a character Ariadne has the awareness to detect that Cobbs has his darker problems and she is astute enough to realise this and tackle them head on. Its also important to remember that interference from the others with regards to what they are thinking can also cause a few issues and thee are strange to see as well.

      Tom Hardy plays Eames; he is a fascinating character who takes on the appearance of other people in the film. Useful as he can dictate the circumstances and steer the target one way and another as needed. Hardy also supplied the comedy relief as well as uses his skill to have some fun throughout the film. A hard as nails person who is good with a gun as well as playing his part in the role he has within the team. Backing up the cast is Ken Watanabe as Mr Sato, the client and Michael Caine in a small cameo. Both play their parts to the full and thankfully there roles are not wasted either. Its also interesting to see Tom Berenger in the film, he appeared in Platoon, Shooter and also in the comedy Major League. Also making a cameo is the late Pete Postlethwaite, not going to say what he plays in the film as that would be giving too much away. You also need to sit comfortably as well as the film is 148 minutes in length!

      It does take a lot to follow in the film and the whole stage is set out early in the film as to what they do, basically they enter a persons dream and perform the theft, when the client gives them a job the team decide that they must go further and to do this enter a dream within a dream, in other words they go to Level 2 and Level 3 where Level 0 is reality. Add in time dilation where the time passing in the deeper levels move faster than the one before then the film securely builds up tense and suspension at the correct pace and time without turning the story into a Saturday morning cartoon. Every character is allowed to breathe and are given there own tasks to do without impacting each other. What surprised me was the manner they all worked together as one with a well known plan. Of course with the "dream within a dream" format this means that the locations can be as subtle or as epic as needed and in the film the comfort zone restraints are used to the maximum with regards to the locations used. Starting off with a business environment the film goes to a city landscape, beach and snowy mountain range as the story unfolds with a newly created pocket universe. This nicely breaks the story down into manageable chunks or even Acts. However it is the fact these are broken down that makes the story far more intriguing, I suppose its similar to episodes of Star Trek where the crew are spread over different timelines, the same thing has happened here with a twist being performed to take it that stage further as an adventure film that bases itself firmly with science fiction. I like the fact that the action is not the paramount objective, even though the chase scenes are extremely well done and the cast appear to be in the middle of the action and vulnerable to getting hurt, thankfully eliminating the "I cant get hurt" scenarios that would make it no better than the TV series of the A Team. Every location whether the mountain range or even the Cobb-invented deserted city is treated with respect and the special effects portray a very real place that comes alive on screen to emphasise a place whether it is dangerous or simply created to be used for a personal purpose. Although it has to be said that the special effects are of a high standard and don't distract from the story by any means, what I am trying to say is that they are there and yet don't become the focal point. Most memorable are the scenes that are set in zero g environment, I know this sounds silly, but the entire scene is played out and why this occurs is clearly explained earlier in the film in some depth, and although this does set up the later parts of the story, its how its executed that amazed and astounded me given the fact that this could have been done in a far more negative manner given what is happening on screen and why.

      Hans Zimmer provides the soundtrack and is distinctive throughout given the pace and the beat of the sound he has provided, it compliments the film well and highlights the actions sequences well, however he has done well not to add music at every opportunity as the most powerful scenes are those without sound and rely totally on expressions and minor dialogue of the cast.

      Extras wise, it goes without saying that the quality of the transfer to disc is good. You can see so much in the city landscapes and this adds to the film in quite a major fashion. The documentaries about the making of the film concentrate on the key scenes of the film and it is good to have the cast and crew involved in their recollections of the making the film and the theories behind whether this is possible in reality is good to watch, however I was a little disappointed to have a motion comic that acted as a prologue rather than a documentary detailing the writers ideas and thoughts as the film was conceived.

      Overall this is a fresh and original idea for what could be described as a caper movie, it is high octane in places and the overall feel is very stylish and professional with the manner the story takes and the fact that the majority of the film takes place in a parallel world that has been created for a purpose. I strongly suspect sequels being made after this film, as this is a full on team movie and with the locations of the film taking place within a plethora of locations that the possibilities are endless, I sincerely hop there will be an Inception 2 and possibly Inception 3. As long as Christopher Nolan is in charge then the possibilities are endless, lose him as the instigator of the project and what you are left with will be a person in charge placing down his ideas and losing the momentum of what has been built upon.

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        16.05.2011 16:28
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        Worth a watch on TV

        Before watching this film was unsure as to what to make of it having heard mixed reviews from a number of sources. Some saying it was brilliant and the best film of the year, others say it was too confusing and they didn't really get it.

        I ended up deciding to buy it and watching it with an open mind and have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were some excellent action scenes and plot twists (which I can see why people lost track of what was going on). However without wanting to spoil it for those who haven't seen it the ending left me somewhat disappointed, leaving more questions in your mind than answers. Seems obvious that there will be a follow up film but cant guarantee I will want to watch that.

        I would say it is worth a watch but maybe wait till it comes on TV instead of buying. Can 100% agree with people that said it was too confusing as I see why self with above average intelligence and there were times I struggled to grasp the true facts of the film, none the less it is still entertaining.

        Sorry for sitting on the fence on this one but I really cant decide if I enjoyed it or not!!!

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          27.01.2011 13:34
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          Buy it!!!

          I first saw this movie upon it's release at the cinema and enjoyed it just as much when I received it as a christmas present.

          Inception stars the excellent Leonardo DiCaprio, who, as usual, does not let down with his fantastic portrayal of 'Dom Cobb' - a man who's job is to extract secrets from peoples subconscious.

          It's hard to explain the plot of this movie without spoiling it for you, but the basis of the story is Cobb leads a team of 'extractors' who enter a mans dreams in order to crumble his empire following the death of his father.

          This film is a very complicated movie, but, not so much that it's impossible to understand. The way it leads you into the main plot allows you to understand the idea of the film but be prepared to have to watch every second of the film - if you don't, you could quite easily lose all understanding!

          You occasionally have 'flash back' scenes, which gives DiCaprios character depth and a very intriguing back-story.

          The action scenes and the dream adjusting scenes are just incredible, with some of the best special effects I have seen in a long time.

          All the main characters are very likeable and the dialogue is very smart and when there a minor lines of humour, it works well.

          The blu-ray release comes in a triple pack, with copies of the film on three formates, Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Copy - something which I have never understood. If you own a Blu-Ray player, why would you want to watch it on a DVD format?

          The picture and sound of the Blu-Ray is outstanding, as expected.

          The film is 142 minutes in length and presented in 16:9 widescreen format.

          The extra features include documentary material on dream science and an insight into the movies key scenes.

          All in all, the movie is fantastic but complicated, just pay attention! I would reccomend this to anyone who enjoys a good action movie. 10/10.

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