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This is a complicated film. There can be no getting up from your seat for a quick toilet break or a dash off for snacks or even a sneaky bit of shut eye in one of the slower bits. Without every minute of this two hour twenty minute classic, you will be unable to piece it together and will almost certainly lose a huge amount of enjoyment as a result, and it is well worth the effort.
Simply put, the film is a based around protaganist Cobb's (Leondardo DiCaprio) struggle to return to his children in America. To be allowed to return to America, he must complete a job for a highly powerful businessman who wishes him to plant an idea into a business rival's head so as to gain an advantage in the real world. Cobb does this by entering said business rival's dreams. Sound simple enough? Chuck in different levels of dreams, the slowing of time the further down the dream levels you go and a side plot that involves an insane wife caused by an original inception and you will soon see why I said not to get out of your seat.
Visually the film is stunning, from dusty African side-streets to snow-strewn mountains everything is exceptionally shot, a true feast for the eyes and a film that I would highly reccomend watching in Blu-ray, should you have the capability to do so.
Yet the visuals are not even the star of the show, as Christopher Nolan once again steps up to the plate to hit another ball out of the park with his astonishing special effects. Each dream level is directly influenced by the level before it, so when a van smashes off the edge of a bridge, gravity is naturally sent shifting in every direction in the dream level below it. The way Nolan deals with this is inspired and truly needs to be seen to be believed, especially once you find out that none of it was created with CGI.
Inception was one of my films of 2010, along with Shutter Island (not a bad year for Leo), and is a must see by everyone. It does contain violence and gunfights, but it is not your average action flick, with a hugely entertaining and thoughtful storyline. You may need someone to make notes for you if you miss any of it, but it's a film experience like no other.
EA's sports behemoth of a franchise can do no wrong in the eyes of some. Whilst FIFA spent most of the last generation of gaming playing catch-up, gameplay wise, to the more critically acclaimed Pro Evolution Soccer, the pendulum seemed to swing rather decisivley in FIFA's direction last year as they delievered the ultimate football package. Fully licensed teams, a superb atmosphere and a stuttering Pro Evolution Soccer series, not only delievered the FIFA team a chart topping, money spinning success, but they finally managed to be almost universally acclaimed over their Pro Evo rivals, something they had seriously struggled with before.
So why mess with a broken formula? The new installment is nowhere near as radical an overhaul as last year's version was, instead EA have opted to eradicate previous problems and tinker with the gameplay, as they try to fine tune their masterpiece. The game is slower and more physical with players now able to tackle from a variety of angles and lean into players to put them off their passes and shots in the hope of pressuring these on screen mini-men into making an error. Passing has also been given a make over and now requires the players to gauge the power and direction of the pass rather more precisely so as to eradicateThe "ping pong" passing from last year's FIFA. An annoying habit of some players to consistantly tap the pass button to effectively "ping pong" the ball around the pitch and towards their opponents, with little to no skill. You may find for the first few hours that you will only be able to string passes together with Fabregas and Xabi Alonso but you soon get used to it.
Online the game is still as addictive as ever, if performing a samba shuffle with Gary Neville (who was an unlikely scorer) in front of your defeated online rival fails to raise a smile to your face then perhaps Videogames are not your forte. Annoyingly though this year when players leave games before the end (because they are taking a beating for those not in the know) the game does not award you an automatic 3-0 win as it did last year. This can be particularly galling if you have really worked for a win only to have the carpet pulled out from under you right at the last.
Overall though the game is well worth a look if you are a football fan, or looking to buy for someone who is a football fan. EA have bottled the magic that draws millions of people to muddy fields early on a cold sunday morning, and the essence that encourages people to travel from all over the world to enter massive stadiums to watch the most gifted players play each other. EA have then sold it back to the public for £40 and people cannot get enough of it, in short this is an outstanding sports simulation and if you enjoy football, you will enjoy this game. I can pay it no higher compliment than that