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Last night me and my fiancé were trying to relax after a busy day and as there was nothing interesting on television we decided to watch a film. After flicking through the new releases and not seeing anything that took our fancy we had a look at some slightly older films and came across Inception, which came out back in 2010. We paid £2.99 for 48 hour rental and it is also available on DVD and blu-ray.
Both I and my partner had already since this film once before, a couple of years back, and we remembered it being good; it's full of action and packed with several well-known actors, too. Inception is a very long film at 148 minutes which put me off a bit as it was quite late at night and I didn't want to stay up too late and I don't like long films as I get bored quite easily. I have to say though, the time really whizzed by as I enjoyed the film so much!
I didn't find myself fidgeting about or wanting the film to end like I often do with long films. Inception is a very unique film in that the concept of it all is very original and interesting, and although the story is quite in-depth and you do need to concentrate and give it some thought rather than staring blankly at the screen, it isn't one of those films that left me thinking 'errrrm, what was all that about?!' The film is hard to describe and I think if I describe it too much I would ruin the film as it is hard to describe it without giving away spoilers. The films main character is Dominick Cobb, played by Leonardo dicaprio.
He and the other main character Arthur, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt have access to a briefcase containing a device which when they hook it up to themselves they can enter a dream world, and they can also enter other peoples dreams. They do this to gather information about their targets such as Robert Fischer ,the son of a very rich man. The whole concept is complicated, but well explained and I was able to follow the plot and not get too confused, however I was slightly confused at points and my fiancé had to explain some parts to me. As I said before I had seen this before a couple of years back and I remembered most of it, but was still just as impressed by the special effects.
I also loved the music, it builds up whenever there's a big scene and makes the whole thing really spectacular to watch. My favourite scene is the scene in which they're floating through the air in the lift, and I also like the scene where Ellen Page's character is creating her dream world.. oh, and not forgetting the freight train scene! There are so many special effects uses throughout the film and a lot of action. I was surprised that I didn't tire of the action, and it kept me gripped. I usually turn films off when there's lots of violence as it becomes a much of a muchness but the plot in this was good and the characters were fighting for a reason, not just for the sake of it or to try and fill the film up. All of the special effects were amazing, everything looked realistic and the picture itself is very sharp and well defined with use of clever use of lighting to set different moods.
The acting in the film is also excellent and I was very pleased to see the one and only mr tom hardy, who is a kind of shape shifter in the film. Leo of course was excellent and even in emotional scenes his performance was fab, the woman who played his characters wife was also a very good actress and there isn't any actors in this that I can fault. The films ending was a bit confusing for me, but my fiancé explained something to me and then I understood, and I felt like the film ended really well. There are of course a few bits in the film which are very unbelievable and over the top, but I still give it five out five stars as it is very action packs but still has a good story to it and I felt entertained and intrigued throughout.
I cannot believe it has taken me this long to get round to watching Inception I finally succumbed to the hype and can confirm that it was 100% deserved. Inception is a cleverly crafted film that will blow you away with its star studded (and very talented) cast, stunning CGI and mind boggling plot.
This story is about a group of people who are able to infiltrate people's subconscious to extract ideas. One day they are approached by a Japanese businessman, Saito, who wishes to hire the team to implant an idea into the subconscious of his business rival, Fischer. This is known as 'inception'. The team decides to take this seemingly impossible task on as Saito has promised the team's leader, Dominick (DiCaprio), that once the job is done, he will make a call and Dominick will be allowed back into the USA to see his children - without being taken to prison (it is believed that he murdered his wife and therefore there is a warrant out for his arrest). The problem is, there are many complications involved in 'inception', many of which are unknown to the team members until it is far too late to turn back. Many complications arise in this sci-fi thriller and this film will most certainly keep you on your toes with all its twists and turns.
A whole host of famous actors star in Inception from Leonardo do Caprio to Tom Hardy to Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Ellen Page. I don't think I can fault a single move or sound that came from these actors who all gave flawless performances. I cannot pinpoint which character or actor stood out the most to me because they were all equally brilliant. Leonardo di Caprio is probably the actor who got to show the greatest spread of emotion and showcase different sides to his acting as his character is involved in a love story. This story permeates throughout the entire film, though rather strangely, few other characters are involved in it at all. This addition to the story just gave the film a little extra something and added an emotional level to this cool-as-a-cucumber film.
I do not think I have ever seen a film with such stunning CGI effects. Hats off to whoever was in control of the effects because they were truly brilliant and breathtaking at times. Inception deals with dreams within dreams (sometimes dreams within dreams within dreams!), in which the subconscious is allowed to create whatever world it desires and the cities created in this film were simply amazing whether it be a modern Western city, a Japanese city or even a ski slope. If only it were possible to fold a city in half with roads replacing the sky. It was not only the CGI used to create the scenery that was impressive, but also the effects used during the action sequences. There were plenty of fights during this movie, most, but not all, involving gunfire and the fluidity of the on screen action was astounding. This is not ordinary action though, in one case there was even a fight when the gravity had been switched off and ceiling became floor and vice versa multiple times. It was just so ... cool! James Bond has nothing on these guys.
Alongside the brilliant CGI effects there was really great cinematography. Now I don't really know anything about filming or the technical side of film-making but it's impossible not to notice the fluidity between shots and the capturing of perfect angles. There's also a really great soundtrack which just gives this film that extra umpf and makes everything more dramatic and tense. This film will not only play with your mind, but also your senses as you're assaulting by an array of brilliant sights and sounds.
All in all, Inception is undoubtedly one of the best films of the decade and I don't think I can fault it in anyway. I rarely give 5 star ratings, but Inception truly deserves it. This is a must see film for everyone that will keep you entertained for every second.
Intro and Info:
Inception is an action adventure and heist film that was made and released in 2010. The film was directed by Christopher Nolan who has also directed other films like The new Batman trilogy. Inception was produced by Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas. The film was also written by Christopher Nolan. Inception was made on a budget of $160 million dollars but the film grossed well over $825 million dollars and so the film was a huge box office success grossing well over the budget. The IMDB website rates Inception as 8.8 out of 10 and that is based on well over 575,000 Votes. Inception is one of the highest rated films on the IMDB website and deserves to be there in my opinion.
Dom Cobb (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) and Arthur (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) use a military developed machine to perform corporate espionage, they try to do this on Mr Saito (played by Ken Watanabe) a powerful business man, but he tells them that he is just auditioning them for a job he wants them to do. Mr Saito reveals that he would like the two men to make a team and use their skills to plant an idea to break up the empire of his business enemies the Fischer's. Dom and Arthur accept the job and bring together Ariadne (played by Ellen Page), Eames (played by Tom Hardy) and Yusuf (played by Dileep Rao) to create the team for the mission. And so Dom and his team must try to perform Inception a supposed impossible task.
Leonardo DiCaprio as Dominick "Dom" Cobb
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Arthur
Ellen Page as Ariadne
Tom Hardy as Eames
Ken Watanabe as Mr Saito
Dileep Rao as Yusuf
Marion Cotillard as Mallorie "Mal" Cobb
Good points and Bad Points:
Although Inception does rely heavily on special effects and some CGI I thought they were to a very high standard and much better than some that is seen in other films. CGI was used much less than special effects but when it was used it was very realistic and so looked fantastic. The Special effects in the film also were very detailed and very realistic when it was used which also makes the film look better and in my opinion, like I said before the film did rely a lot on special effects but they are not overused and so the film still has a lot too it instead of just many explosions. Another great thing about the film is that you can't really tell when the special effects are being used as everything looks so realistic.
The picture quality was brilliant which is to be expected nowadays and so was the sound quality and so pretty much what I expected from a film that was released this year, however the sound seemed clearer than some of the sound that has been in other films released this year. Because the film is 148 minutes long it is a long film but in my opinion I thought it was easily watchable and the film is very entertaining and the film's story doesn't fell stretched. The direction I thought was superb, all of the scenes had the right camera angles and everything looked good throughout the film. Also all the scenes ran well together, and the lighting was really good as well. I think it adds a good effect to the scenes and film and brilliant directing.
The acting was brilliant too, many great actors are in Inception and they did an excellent job of playing their characters I also like how some of the actor's added humour to the film and the characters and actors all worked well together in the film. All of the Actors also managed very well to show their characters emotions and feelings and so I was very impressed with the acting. Every one of the actors were also very easy to understand and all of the actors spoke clearly. I would also like to mention how well the actors did in the fight scenes in this film, the choreography was amazing and all the actors did very well to make the fight scenes look realistic and some of the fights were incredible.
The story is also well written and the film although is an action film There was some humour in the film but not much. The story is exceptional and I loved it, the actual concept of the film is very intriguing and extremely unique which I my opinion is one of the main reasons the film is so good, a few things that is said in the film is actually true and I like how the film makes you think about what is happening. The story is very original and is slow to begin with but becomes very fast paced as the story progresses. The story did have sub plots and they were great, there weren't loads so they didn't oversaturate and make the film complicated but they did add to make the film more interesting and entertaining. The screenplay is as good as the story it's dramatic in places and it also has good dialogue. The story can be confusing in some parts of the film as there is a lot to understand however as the film progresses the story unravels and becomes a lot easier to understand.
There was a soundtrack in this film and it was great, the soundtrack was made by Hans Zimmer who I think did an amazing job of making the music. All of the music goes well with the film and it fits the mood of the film perfectly. The ending of the film has a great piece of music called 'Time' which is my favourite piece throughout the entire film as it really fits the scene. The Music also created suspense in the film when it was needed and also made the film more dramatic in places. The Music in this film was very good and it also fit the tone of the mood which also added to the overall effect of the movie. Overall a very good and entertaining soundtrack that fit the film perfectly.
I didn't really find any bad points with his film as I really enjoyed it the only thing that I could see that would put people off would be the length but as I have previously mentioned I thought it was easily watchable. The story does not drag and is very action packed and so the length won't really be an issue.
Christopher Nolan the man who directed and wrote Inception has not said anything about a sequel to the film however there have been rumours that there will be an Inception 2 but the story would be something different to the first Inception Movie. I am not sure whether I would like a sequel to the film because the first one is amazing in my opinion and I think it should be just left as one film to keep the originality.
Overall I really enjoyed watching Inception and think that it was an amazing film. The CGI and Special effects were amazing and all though the film relied heavily on special effects I thought they were all to a very high standard and so were very good and also they never oversaturated the film. The story and screenplay provided a very good story and the story is easily followed, also it is very action packed and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I loved how unique and different the story was, it was very original. The sound track as I have previously mentioned I thought was superb and the actors all did an amazing job portraying their characters. Overall I really enjoyed watching Inception and I could easily watch this film again and I highly recommend it. The film does not drag and so is very entertaining well worth 5 out of 5 in my opinion. The film is rated a 12A mainly due to the violence that is throughout the film.
5 Out of 5
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"What is inception?" asks the film. "What the hell is going on?" asks the audience. "Shut up and pay attention," says the film, and it's about time mainstream blockbusters said that. We've grown lazy as an audience, used to having every detail of the plot spoon fed to us by likeable everyman (i.e. boring) characters, then watching robots punch each other for two hours. Inception dares to dream that audiences are willing to think about the film they're watching.
Leonardo DeCaprio plays a criminal who breaks into people's dreams, their most private moments, and steals information. For reasons I won't give away here he is unable to see his family, until he is made an offer by a powerful businessman. If Leonardo goes into a dream and implants a new piece of information (which is believed by most to be impossible) he will reunite him with his family. With me so far? That won't last when you watch it. The film isn't so much confusing as it is relentless with the amount of information it throws at the audience. Characters are introduced, revelations and questions emerge in every scene, and the film hops around the globe like a Bond film on coke. Leonardo is good here, not as impressive as he was in Shutter Island (when he magically stopped looking like a child onscreen), but gives a confident performance as the lead. I could go into more detail on the characters, the plot twists, the ideas of the film, but I feel I shouldn't (which risks this becoming he most pointless review ever). Simply put this is a blockbuster film, complete with incredible action set pieces and big stars, but also full of innovation and bold plotting. To revel it's details is to take away part of the puzzle, part of the experience of watching it. It's not perfect, it's too long, perhaps not quite as emotionally engaging as it should be (a problem that set back Nolan's previous film The Dark Knight), but I still urge you to experience it for yourself because this is something that terrifies Hollywood Executives. A high budget film that respects its audience.
I was really looking forward to seeing this after the hype and hearing so many positive reviews. Although I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, it didn't disappoint, you just need to be in the sit-down-and-concentrate frame of mind to really appreciate it.
The film introduces us to Dom Cobb (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), a thief who's top of his game. His ability even stretches to the theft of hidden away secrets in someone's unconscious, so he is obviously a valuable asset to the underworld of corporate espionage. It's a dangerous job, however, one which sees him become a target and gradually lose those things closest to him. To break free from this underworld, there's one last job they want him to do. Obviously this isn't supposed to be easy, and Cobb really does have his work cut out for him. Rather than theft, which he excels at, he is told to turn his hand to planting an idea in the subconscious of unsuspecting individuals.
The question is can he do it? Can Cobb do the seemingly impossible and pull off an incredibly skilled mind warp? Planting an idea isn't that straightforward, however, and the question is whether or not Cobb has gone into the deep end and won't make it back in time. I don't want to give any more detail on the storyline really because it gets relatively complex and intriguing so I wouldn't want to spoil it.
Inception has a strong cast with some recognisable names and faces, obviously with DiCaprio playing the protagonist. I thought he actually pulled this role off really well, brought the character to life and made his personality and actions believable and authentic. Other cast members include : Joseph Gordon-Levitt (as Arthur), Ken Watanabe (Saito), Pete Postlethwaite (as Maurice Fischer), Ellen Page (as Ariadne) and Tom Hardy (as Eames). As usual I found Page excellent in her role and having these few strong characters really made the film easier to watch and relate to. The scenes within which the characters were sculpted were authentic too in my opinion, which added to the dark, somewhat mysterious atmosphere and made the film that bit more realistic.
The plot would push this thriller into the psychological genre, being both thought-provoking and intelligent. It was original, and an intriguing concept to think about. Having said that I still guessed the ultimate ending because I was looking out for a twist. Nonetheless, I still found it to have an edge that set it apart from the crowd, along with an overall sense of it being good quality in terms of cast, script and settings.
All in all I would recommend this. It received a lot of hype and whilst it wasn't the 'best' film I've ever seen, it was worth watching; it's entertaining, top quality and easy to get absorbed into. Because this is sharp and interesting, it makes for a definite 'should see' for psychological thriller fans too.
Running time 148 minutes, Rated certificate 12.
2010, selling on HMV for £6.99 (2 DVDs)
This is easily one of the best films to come out in the last 5 years.it is action packed,emotional,confusing,creative and visionary,
The basic plot outline is that Dom Cobb is a thief who steals peoples secrets by entering their dreams and extracting them.once you are in a dream you can feel pain,but if you are killed you wake up.dom is on the run after his wife killed herself,believing that she was still in a dream,while at the same time framing Dom for her death in an effort to persuade him to join her,he refused and he was blamed and his children taken away while he stays out of america.he is approached by a businessman to collapse a rivals empire by "inception" which is the planting of an idea rather than extraction.to do this they have to create a dream within a dream within a dream within a dream.(confusing i know)
This storyline may seem confusing at first but if you pay attention its easy to follow.the entire film is filled with complex action sequences,mind bending feats such as folding a city in half,and many emotional moments that really build the digferent characters personality and makes this film the most enjoyable experiences youll find.
Great acting performances from astar studded cast with joseph gordon levitt stealing the show but leos character is still the focus.a great watch that you will not forget
=== The plot ===
Cobb is a thief, a skilled thief, he is skilled in the art of finding out information about people by becoming a part of their dream. In this film we see Cobb in various situations including one where he is battling to save the person that he used to be.
=== The cast ===
Cobb - Leonardo DiCaprio
Arthur - Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Ariadne - Ellen Page
Eames - Tom Hardy
=== Where can I buy this & for how much? ===
This can be purchased from numerous stockists and mine came from Amazon.co.uk. The current price (October 2011) is £6.98 which is a very reasonable price but I have noticed that the price of this film is up and down like a yo-yo. I actually paid around £4.99 for my copy and was very pleased with this price, particularly as I have already watched the film again since purchasing it a month or two ago.
=== Overall opinion ===
I have been intrigued by watching this film since I saw the first trailers in 2010 but as I was not entirely sure that I was going to like it I delayed purchasing it until I saw it at a price that I was happy with.
My first impressions as soon as I put the film on was that I was a little out of my depth with watching this, however, as I had started I continued and within just a few minutes I found myself to be gripped by this film and by making sense of everything that was happening on the screen.
There was a lot happening at the beginning of this film and I did find myself feeling a little like I was unsure of what was happening initially but this was resolved as the film unraveled.
The story line was a strong one throughout and one that I have not experienced in a film before which gave this a real original feel for me that is always the making of a film to remember. I enjoyed every second of this film and the effects, particularly the visual ones, were amazing and really added something extra to this film.
Concentration is definitely going to be needed when watching this film, from start to finish. This is not the kind of film that you want to be distracted while watching as missing just a few minutes of this can be the difference between understanding the film and not understanding it.
I particularly loved the characters of Ariadne (Ellen Page) and Mal (Marion Cotillard) as I feel that the two women bring something extra to this film that rounds it off wonderfully. Mal's character is one that is wonderfully dark and appears at the best (and worst!) possible moments. Ariadne's character is something different and she brings a womans opinions and complexities to this already amazing film.
There is nothing that I would change about this film as by the time I had watched it through, all 2 hours 28 minutes, I felt that I had learnt about something truly amazing. My mind was stretched in a few different ways and while it was a little hard, initially, to get in to the story line this did not detract from this perfect film that is truly unique and one that I have now watched this already in just a few months and would happily watch again in the future.
Be sure to watch this film when you have no distractions around and when you really can dedicate your all to this film. On the second occasion that I watched this film I thought that I would get some ironing done but it really is not possible to concentrate on this and something else and get the best out of this film.
Dom Cobb is a man possessing an extraordinary talent - he's able to break into people's mind when they are dreaming and steal valuable secrets from inside their subconcious mind, all without the dreamer realising it's happening. However, he is approached by an energy mogul who wants something a little bit different. He wants Cobb and his team to do the opposite of extraction - inception. He wants Cobb to plant an idea in the son of his rival in order to obtain his main goal, but this is something that is extremely hard to do, even for someone of Cobb's talents. He sets about assembling the team he's going to need for this specialist job, and it'll be the perfect crime, with no-one except them knowing what's gone on. However, Cobb doesn't realise that there is an enemy on his tail that knows his every move before he's even made them, someone he should have realised would know what he's doing. Will Cobb and the team be able to achieve their Inception before the unseen enemy brings them down?
This is a film that has been on my radar for a long time now, and the more reviews and things I read online about it, the more I couldn't quite wait to see it! I couldn't believe my luck when it appeared on the Sky Movies channels before my free trial ended and I eagerly sat down to watch it. I was a little bit worried because a few people, including my mum, had told me it was a bit confusing and they didn't really get it, and since I still struggle with understanding Ocean's Eleven, I wasn't holding out much hope for this. However, now it's done I have to say it's probably the second best film I've seen this year (after the final Harry Potter of course!), and it's definitely one I will be adding to my DVD collection, I loved every minute of it.
The cast were what made this film absolutely fantastic. Leonardo DiCaprio heads up the cast as Dom Cobb, a dream specialist who is able to steal thoughts from people's dreams. He is so watchable on screen, really putting himself through the mill emotionally, but really gives everything to the character and the performance. You can see Cobb is a bit of a lost soul, still struggling with the suicide of his wife Mal, and having to be apart from his young children, and DiCaprio does a fantastic job in making the viewer feel this along with him. He had absolute control over the entire film and leads it perfectly, I couldn't think of anyone else doing such a great job. I have to say he worked perfectly on-screen with Joseph Gordon-Levitt who played Cobb's partner Arthur. He is very charismatic, and is a great antithesis to Cobb's flyaway attitidue sometimes, grounding him yet their friendship is definitely paramount. I really liked Arthur, and although I haven't seen Gordon-Levitt in anything before, he's definitely one to watch throughout this film.
A surprise inclusion to the cast for me was Ellen Page as young architecture student Ariadne who is recruited by Cobb to create the dream levels in which the team will carry out their tasks. I've only ever seen Page in Juno, the film about teenage pregnancy so didn't really know what to expect from her in this movie, but she does a great job alongside some film heavyweights like DiCaprio, Watanabe and Michael Caine. Her character, Ariadne, was also very likeable and I enjoyed watching her interactions with Cobb and Arthur. Ken Watanabe plays Saito, the energy boss who wants to put Inception into play, and he, as ever, puts on a superb performance, never letting his cool facade slip. Cillian Murphy is also fanastic as Robert Fischer, the man whose dreams are being manipulated by Saito and his team of employees, and I felt Murphy did a really good job with Fischer's emotional state and conveying it to the viewers. Finally, I must mention Marion Cotillard who played Cobb's wife Mal, although she is only seen in the dream worlds since in reality she is dead. She's very hard, cool and detached from everything and everyone except Cobb, and she is actually the most frightening thing about the film, almost robotic, and Cotillard is stunning to watch.
Visually, the film was amazing, and so well done. Even more impressive is that CGI effects were only added as little as necessary, far less than a lot of films these days. Certain scenes (which I can't reveal as it'll spoil the plot!) involving gravity were amazing to watch, and the cast did a great job reacting with the scenes they were given. Not only were the effects involving the action great, but things like the scenery, different dream worlds were portrayed perfectly and the effects were used merely to accentuate what you were seeing, they never took over from the script or actors at any time. The soundtrack worked really well, being composed by Hans Zimmer just for this film, and it suited the feel and mood of it. The use of Edith Paif's famous son 'Non, je ne regrette rien' was both perfect and ironic, and had an almost spooky feeling when it was used in the way it was during the films, especially with the echo on it!
The concept of the film is so interesting, but a lot of people I know who have seen it are confused by it, and therefore haven't enjoyed it as much as I have. However, I think if you pay attention, and I mean REALLY pay attention, it's easy to pick up as it progresses. Things are explained by the characters in several places in the film so as long as you're listening, it should be fine, but if you miss them, you will probably feel lost, especially as the Inception task begins. This isn't a film you can put on and then sit on Facebook on your phone for, you need to be giving it your complete attention, and while it's long (2 and a half hours!), I found every minute was extremely watchable and not one scene or piece of dialogue was unneccessary. Nolan has created a masterpiece here, one that makes you think and opens your eyes up to a new world as you're watching, as well as trying to work out what's going on in front of you. The ambiguous ending is the perfect finish for the film in my eyes and it's up to the viewer to decide which ending they think is right.
Inception is one of the cleverest, most visually stunning and epic movies I have seen in a long time, and the cast are superb too, especially DiCaprio as Cobb. There is nothing about this movie I can put down or would want to change, it's simply perfect and it's a total credit to the fantastic mind of its writer and director Christopher Nolan. While it was a hugely expensive film to make, it is now the 28th biggest grossing film of all time at the Box Office, and has done impressively in the DVD market as well. If you've not yet seen Inception, you really are missing out and I would definitely urge you to get your hands on this and watch it as soon as you can. I was rapt for the entire duration, and it's so exciting to watch because you simply don't have a clue about how things are going to pan out for Cobb and his crew. I loved it, and as I said before, it's definitely one I'll be buying for my own collection so I can watch and enjoy it again. Simply brilliant.
Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan.
Running Time: 148 minutes
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
The DVD is available from Amazon.co.uk for £5.99 (September 2011), and on Triple Play for £12.99
Thank you for reading.
What is Inception? Unique? Beautiful? Emotional? Confusing? Or all of the above?
Christopher Nolan has done it again with his latest masterpiece, Inception - a film based on the logistics and conditional nature of dreams. it's the sort of film you need to watch twice, so that you can fully understand it. Whilst it may initially seem confusing, the premise makes perfect sense and is very cleverly displayed with a top notch cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and more.
For those of you who may not know, an Inception is the action of planting an idea inside of someone's head without them realising that someone else put it in there. Whilst this would be impossible in real-life, it's exploited perfectly in the film.
I won't give away any spoilers, but the film is filled with twists, danger and emotion. And the ending is perfect in my opinion :)
Would i recommend this to a friend? Of course!
(This is my first Film review, so i am probably not the best on organisation etc. i do hope to improve, enjoy!)
Cobb ( Leonardo DiCaprio) is a dream extractor, who can't go back home to his children, as he is being accused of killing his wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard). They experienced the dream world together as well. The story begins with Cobb being washed ashore, and being taken to and old man after asking for him. Cobb tries to steal from the man, by breaking into the safe, and the situation appears to get worse. It turns out they are in a dream, the dreams of Saito (Ken Watanabe).
To enter someones dream, all involved have to be sedated and become part of the dream, the dreamer populates the environment with their "subconcious" the "thieves" can be detected by it if they aren't careful. The find out what the dreamer is hiding, the architect must create a safe or vault in the dream with which these secrets can be stored, the thieves can break into the safe and steal the information, secrets and ideas.
Saito realises he is in a dream within a dream, as the surroundings arent what he knows (the rug being polyester not wool) this is the fault of the "architect" the one who creates the surroundings.
Saito offers Cobb a deal, instead of extraction, he asks if inception is possible. Planting and idea into someones head rather than stealing it.
Cobb says how this is more difficult than extraction, as the origin of the idea can be traced back to them. If Cobb can pull this idea off, by incepting an idea into the head of the Son, Robert Fischer ( Cillian Murphy) of an owner of a large energy company, Maurice Fischer (Pete Poslethwaite) which stands in the way of Saito, then Saito will make it possible for Cobb to return home to his children, without being sent to prison.
This is the main plot of the film, as they try to get past the obstacles of inception.
Cobb has to convince Fischer to split his fathers empire up after his passing Maurice is very ill, and the relationship between the two is "complicated". Cobb goes to Paris to see his father, Miles ( Michael Caine) for a new architect to build the surroundings after the failings of the last one. He is introduced to a girl named Ariadne (Ellen Page) who is a student of Miles'. Cobb decides that they need to "share a dream" to show her the ropes and make her see how realistic dreams can be. She fins out that the more she alters the environment of the dream, the more aware the subconcious of the dreamer becomes aware of her presence. This is bad for extraction, or inception, as the sub concious will attack, as she finds, when Cobbs late wife Mal attacks her, and she wakes up.
In this case, 3 layers need to be created. ( A dream within a dream within a dream) In dreams time goes slower and the deeper you go the slower it goes, and the more unstable it is. Usually in dreams, if you are killed, you wake up back to reality. However, to gain 3 layers in a dream a strong sedative has to be given, chosen by Yusuf (Dileep Rao), if killed you slip into t a dream limbo, a "unstrucutred" dream, where your mind is lost. Ariadne is told to make a "totem", which is an object that they know the movement of and understand well, this helps them keep a grasp of what is dream and what is reality.
Cobb has a spinner as his, from his wife.
The team consists of:
Eames- ( Tom Hardy) an impersonator, he will play a role in planting the idea into Rober Fischers head, by pretending to be Roberts God Father Peter Browning ( Tom Berenger).
Arthur- Cobbs best friend. He will stay in the second layer and provide the kick that will end the dream and bring them back into the first layer.
Saito- demands to come with them to ensure the job is done
Yusuf- Stays in the first layer of the dream, drives the rest of the team in dream state and provides the kick which will wake them into reality.
They realise something they didn't account for when they enter Fischers dream, that his subconscious would be ready for them. This twist gave another dimension to an already complex story, but only added to benefit the film and didn't over complicate at all.
The whole time of the mission, Cobb is trying to fight back Mal entering the dream, a secret he has kept from the rest of the team. But will Mal go to sabotage the mission, again? And why is she there in the first place?
Ariadne has seen Mal before, and has suspicions before the mission, she doesn't trust that Cobb can keep her out, and is worried that this will ruin the Inception.
The dilemma from the start ruins the syncronisation of the layers of the dreams so the "kick" that has to occur simultaneously to wake them all up doesn't happen, so they have to improvise.
Saito is nearly lost into Dream Limbo. Cobb decides to find him with Ariadne into a 4th layer of the dream, the world that Mal and Cobb created together. But Mal manifests in Cobbs sub consious to possibly ruin things again.
Ariadne finds out the truth about Mal, and why she died, and Leonardo has the make a choice between dream and reality.
I don't want to be too detailed about the rest of the film as you can see, as i feel that you have to sit and work through it yourself, without any assistance. The experience is alot more interesting and makes you appreciate the complexity of the storyline alot more if you have to understand it yourself.
I brought this film for £7 from Tesco, i wanted to buy it on DVD for my first watch, incase i had to see it again to understand. I have to say, this is ne of my favorite films so far, considering how many twists and turns were in the film, i feel they were placed brilliantly, and no loophole was left to chance.You find yourself finding an answer for every odd part of the film, and feel that the effort in story telling was there along with thr special effects. This film doesn't rely on CGI etc. alone, it has an amazing story to back it up, the effects just make it oh so much more exhilerating.
The acting was brilliant, there seemed to be a focus on the back story of Cobb, but didnt' ask any questions about any of the other characters. This was great, as it let us focus on the mission at hand, and made sure that we weren't bogged down with everyones "personal issues".
This was the mission of one man to se ehis children and he wasn;t going to let anything get in his way.
5 stars from me, great film
My favourite film of 2010 was without a doubt Inception, I was blown away by it when I saw it at the cinema and knew straight away that I would have to own it when it was released. Consequently I put it on my Christmas list and was lucky enough to find the DVD nicely wrapped up under the tree back in December.
The film is set in a world where the technology exists for people to communally enter other people's dreams and effect what they experience while asleep. The main protagonist of the film is Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a father of two who is experienced in manipulating these dream worlds and is employed to perform industrial espionage by controlling people's dreams such that they can extract secrets from their rivals. Cobb is approached by Saito (Ken Watanabe), the head of an energy company which is unable to compete with the dominance of a rival firm. The owner of the firm, Maurice Fischer (Pete Postlethwaite), is on his death-bed and the company is about to pass to his son Robert (Cillian Murphy). Saito wants Cobb to attempt inception - the implantation of an idea in Robert's mind so that he will break up the company, allowing Saito to lead in the energy market. The process of Inception, however, is widely thought to be impossible; the mind is a resilient entity and easily recognizes when it is being given ideas that are not its own. Yet Cobb is made an offer he cannot refuse and so agrees to give it a try. Cobb and his partner in crime, Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) set about recruiting the necessary team to attempt the deception, which includes the training up of Ariadne (Ellen Page) to become an architect, someone who can design the intricate dreamscapes within which the events will play out. She shows excellent promise and soon everything is in place for the complex plan to be put into motion. Yet as if things weren't daunting enough, the demons from Cobb's past are catching up with him. He is an international fugitive, separated from his children and finding it increasingly hard to stop the projection of his wife from his subconscious mind infiltrating and sabotaging the dreams. What exactly happened in Cobb's past to get him where he is today? How on earth can the team convince Robert to break up his father's business? Is inception even possible and if so will they succeed? To find out, you will have to watch the film!
The film contains some stellar performances from all the main cast. Of particular note is the spirited portrayal of Ariadne by Ellen Page, who you may know as the lead from Juno. Tom Hardy also shines out for some wonderfully comic moments as the sarcastic Eames, one of the recruits, who is able to change his appearance within the dreams and mimic others. You may also, like me, be very pleased to find Michael Cane pop up playing Cobb's father.
As you can imagine, in dreams anything is possible and the special effects in the film really do step up to the mark in order to portray this. Two particularly memorable scenes include a city which folds up on itself and a very cool Matrix-style fight on the walls and ceilings of a hotel corridor. While these touches obviously speak to the science fiction technology in the film, the plot of the film is basically that of a crime heist, which just happens to be set in these unique environments. As such, you really do not need to be a Sci-Fi geek to enjoy the film. There is also a lot of good character development and some hard hitting emotional sections concerning the relationship of Cobb with his children. It really is an excellent all round film. It is also very thought provoking, leaving you to ponder the nature of dreams and reality itself as the credits roll.
The score of the film, by Hans Zimmer, is something else which particularly stands out. I don't often notice the music in films, unless I am already familiar with and like a particular track, but here I explicitly did notice it. It has a wonderful tone to it which helps to set the atmosphere in the different scenes and I was so taken with it that I listened to many of the songs over multiple times on youtube on returning from the cinema.
The film is written and directed by the genius that is Christopher Nolan who is probably my favourite director. He has also directed Memento and The Prestige, as well as the recent offerings in the Batman franchise. One thing I was particularly impressed with was the director's vision throughout the film. The whole concept of dream manipulation is well thought through and explored in quite complex detail. This, however, is quite effectively conveyed to the audience. The opening sequence shows you (although does not explain) a lot of the concepts needed in the rest of the film. While this is a little confusing at the time, fear not, because things then take a step back and the audience is gently led through the process of dream control via the character of Ariadne who is also learning everything for the first time. Having already seen the different stages in action, things then nicely slot into place. This means that when it comes to the main part of the film, the bar can be further raised to create an intricate plot which still seems intuitive within the new world you have been introduced to.
The version I have is the two-disc special edition which consists of a cardboard sleeve covering the normal style plastic DVD case. The special features on the second disc are good additions which nicely complement the main film. These include "Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious" where Joseph Gordon-Levitt teams up with some leading scientists to explore some of the latest science in dream research which is very interesting. Other extras include soundtrack selections and promotional media.
As you may have guessed by now, I am a huge fan of the film and couldn't recommend it highly enough. It is currently available on DVD from amazon for just £5, at which price you shouldn't even need to think twice. Buy it.
Thank you for reading. Review may also be found on Ciao.
All that I knew about Inception before I watched it was that it was quite long and Leonardo DiCaprio was in it! That was all I knew about it!
I watched it with my partner one night and we were both silent from the start of it until the end of it. I think the silence was only broken once, by me saying "Blimey!" and partner replying with "Yeah!"
It's a fantastic film on so many levels! The special effects and fantastic. The story is original and riveting till the end! It's a very complex but yet not too difficult to follow story (well, as you're paying attention! If you nod off in the middle of it you'll be totally lost when you wake up!). It's the kind of film that when it's finished makes you go "Wow, my brains tired!" It takes a little time for what you just saw to sink in.
I'm not going to try and explain what it's about, because it's impossible to explain without making it sound rubbish. If you've seen it and disagree with me there you obviously haven't been asked the question "Inception, what's that about?"
If you haven't seen it buy it, rent it, borrow it, do whatever you can to see it. You won't be sorry you did! It's by far and away the best film made in 2010!
Dom Cobb works in a very highly skilled business, he uses dreams to extract information and use it for his gain. He is the best at what he does and has made a good living from it. He gets approached about a job and if he accepts he will be able to return home to America and his children.
Cobb has to think long and hard about the job as it is not a normal extraction, this one requires inception, putting an idea into someone's mind. The offer of being freed of the charges of his wife's murder are too much for Cobb to resist and he accepts. He sets about getting a team together and soon the plans are underway for the job. Unfortunately Cobb is having problems as his wife keeps appearing in the dreams and distracting him from his task but can he overcome this problem to win his freedom and return home to his children?
I have been looking forward to watching this film for a few months now but when we first attempted to watch it I just found it quite hard to follow and understand so ended up turning it off after 20 minutes, I am so pleased that I gave this film another watch as once I had got past the start I managed to follow with ease and fully understand the story and the different levels of the dreams which were used. I found the story to be excellent and very original, the concept of people being able to use dreams to get information about you was interesting and the way it was done was a very big eye opener to me as there was the element of 'this could actually happen' as the story was kept quite realistic throughout.
The acting was good and the lead role of Cobb was played by Leonardo DiCaprio. He was a good strong character and I felt I got to know a good amount about him and his history to be able to understand the way he thought and why he was so determined to do the job. The inclusion of his wife ad their side story was great as it gave some depth to the overall film and character. DiCaprio bought a lot to the role and I felt he was convincing in the way he acted and delivered his lines. He worked well with all other actors and there was a good friendship between him and the other team members and he never seemed to try and act the superior character. We had a lot of other good characters in the film and the few which really stood out were that of Arthur, played by Joseph Gordon- Levitt. I found him to be a good slightly less serious role and found he was the one to keep Cobb on the straight and narrow. Ariadne was a nice and strong female member of the team and I felt she seemed to fit in very well. She was confident and sure of herself and she managed to stand for herself very well with the male characters, she was played by Ellen Page. Other central roles came from, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe and Dileep Rao.
There was two small parts in the film which included appearance from Pete Postlethwaite and Michael Caine and I enjoyed both there contributions to the film.
As you would expect from a film which involved getting into peoples dreams and stealing information there is a whole lot of action, I found this to be very good and needed to make the story more convincing, if we would not have had this then the story would not have seemed so believable and real. I found all of the gun fights and fist combat was detailed and believable and fitted effortlessly into the film. There is also an awful lot of effects in the film and again these were also of a very high standard and some of them really were mind blowing. The way the dreams could be slowed and altered was shown in an amazing way and I think a lot of credit should go to the team who created these effects.
The scenery was good and we did get to see a few different places, the small shots of the outside areas were good but the majority of the film was set indoors. The props and costumes were good, not much effort was needed for the clothes as this film is set in the modern day. The music was also good but nothing amazing.
The DVD which we have does have some bonus features which include, Dreams, Cinema of the Subconscious - Can the dream world be a fully functional parallel reality? Joseph Gordon-Levitt and leading scientists take you on the cutting edge of dream research. Inception: The Cobol job - comic prologue in full animation and motion: see the events that led to the beginning of the movie. 5.1 Soundtrack selections from Hans Zimmer's versatile score. Concept art, Promotional art and the Trailer / TV spot trailers. I am not a fan of bonus material so I have not taken the time to watch any of these so unfortunately I am not able to make comment on them. They are standard on the DVD anyway so you will not have to pay more to get them included.
The running time of the film is 142 minutes and I did originally think this was going to be way too long but once I really got into the film I did loose track of the time and found it moved at a good pace from start to finish. The rate is a 12 and I do agree with this, there is some violence but more so as younger viewers will not be able to follow the story. The DVD can be bought for around the £10 mark and I do think this is a fair price.
I am more than happy to give this film a good solid 4 stars. I would have gone for 5 but I had the problem of not being able to get into the story for the first 20 minutes and I was not overly keen on the ending ether, I cannot elaborate on this as it would spoil it for those who may not have seen the film yet. The story is excellent once you get into it and so too is the acting. I am glad to be recommending this film.
Warning - there are spoilers in this review, and the whole story has not been covered so do not take the first section as a complete overview of the film.
Inception - the art of planting an idea into somebody's mind, and as the title suggests, it is exactly what this film is about. Dom Cobb (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), a corporate espionage thief, has a job of extracting confidential information from a targets mind when they are asleep and dreaming using two layers in a dream.
However he is on the run from the police who think he killed his wife (played by Marion Cotillard) and doesn't get to see his children, he has been trying to get back home ever since. He is asked to perform inception by a wealthy business man (played by Ken Watanabe) who wants to cause the downfall of his rivals business, with a reward of all charges being wiped and him being able to see his family again. After his partner (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) says it is impossible, Cobb accepts the idea and is asked to assemble his team.
He and his team embark on the 'mission' when the rival's father dies. The rival takes a flight over to the funeral and this is when they begin. In total they go 4 layers deep and have to ride a synchronised system of kicks to awake from the dream as if they die when this heavily sedated, they may drop into limbo and lose grip on reality, being trapped indefinitely.
The team experience some problems the first levels down when it appears the targets subconscious has been trained t protect him from extraction, leading to one member being shot. The next layer down the team go with a risky strategy and tell the mark he is dreaming and someone is trying to take something from him, however they do not tell him it is them and in term, he helps them break into his own mind.
In the next layer Cobb's wife appears as part of his subconscious and sabotages the job, they are then forced to go another layer down to make sure they don't all drop into limbo. After the job is finished the kicks synchronise and they are supposedly returned back to reality, however the ending of the story leaves you unknowing off whether they are in fact, still dreaming.
"My view of this film""
This film is breath-taking, a true masterpiece. The amount of effort put in too making this really shows, and although technology takes over the majority of jobs nowadays, the acting is superb! DiCaprio fits the role perfectly and does an amazing job of it, also the relatively new actors such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page do an amazing job and I am sure that working on this film will open up many opportunities for them in future.
This film contains many different genres such as action and romance, and it is good to see that original films are still being made and not just following the crowd. The plot is pure genius, it keeps you interested and in some sections the suspense rises so much it becomes scary (like the scene when Ariadne is in the hotel room with Mal and she suddenly turns, terrifying), without a doubt I would give it a 10/10, and in my opinion is the best story line I have ever seen. I have the DVD and every time I watch it I see things I didn't notice before!
Dreams: Cinema of the subconscious - exploration into dream research with leading scientists and Gordon-Levitt. This is very interesting as I often found myself wondering if this could actually happen whilst watching the film.
Inception: The Cobol Job - this is a comic prologue of the film, in full animation and motion, you see the events that led up to the beginning off the film. This is just a bit of fun and doesn't really effect the storyline, however it is quite nice to see it in a different format.
5.1 Soundtrack Selections - from Hans Zimmer's versatile score.
Conceptual art, Promotional art and Trailer/TV spot galleries - does what it says on the tin.
""To sum up...""
No matter what type of genre you are interested in, I would strongly recommend this film; it is gripping, action filled and I couldn't fault a thing. The plot has so many different twists, which you do not expect. It is easily best film out so far in my opinion.
This review was originally posted on Ciao, by me (warda010)
Let me start by saying that when I finally sat down to watch this, I had so many preconceived ideas about it that I was positive the film had been spoiled for me already. Not a great attitude to go into a film, and it's something that will usually put me off. however, can I just say that no matter what you have found out about the film beforehand, you'll still be guessing things right until the very end.
In a nutshell, Inception is about a team of highly skilled agents who must find out the innermost secrets of one man's dream in order for one of them to have a last chance at returning home following a personal disaster that has caused him to flee. In the film's world, technology allows those with the know and the tech to be able to induce sleep and enter people's dreams to extract information by persuasion and creation. the team must find out the combination and location to a businessman's personal secrets in order to succeed.
What is fantastic about this is a joint effort. Firstly, the concept is explored with an immense amount of doubt and uncertainty being thrust into the viewer's mind. The film explains things by recruiting a new team member in the form of Juno's Ellen Page, who joins Leo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy and Ken Watanabe to make up the team. As they meticulously plan things, the concept of time passing at a different speed as you go under is looked at, as well as going down through layers of dreams to explore the concept of 'a dream within a dream'.
And it's certainly thrashed to the limit, making sure that we're kept on our toes, action, excitement and tension going on at whatever level is being shown at a certain time. The plot itself seems to almost fade as the concept takes over, and this is where the second excellent notion comes into play: that of the special effects. These can often enhance a film, or make it disappointing, but with Inception, you're constantly wowed by the levels of FX that are given out to us. Every scene has something worth shouting about, especially when Ellen Page's character starts building dream sites, as if she were a set designer working for a very advanced version of Lego!
The FX also extend to the normal scenes as well, such as any action scenes relying on physical movement that must appear realistic. I give no secrets away in saying that some of the gravitational loss scenes, the snowmobile scenes and those in a sort of post-apocalyptic view of a city, are outstanding, and director Christopher Nolan is well within his rights to stop and pause at a few of these marvels at the occasional moment, effectively showing off the immensely hitech slow motion scenes as well as the seamless interaction between real people and special effects.
Indeed, Nolan's vision and focus is always impressive throughout his films, and with Inception, what we get is no exception. every angle and corner is explored, whether behind the camera or in front, and the acting doesn't let him down either. When I listed the five main cast members above, I was hesitant to put in brackets after one of them that they were fantastic. Then I realised that they all were, in a Matrix sort of style of acting where they know that something isn't real, but they need to assume it is and act accordingly. DiCaprio's neurotic and emotionally fraught lead role is a tour de force of emotion, and Levitt's smoothness and facial acting is seamless. Page is the perfect new addition, while Hardy really impressed and Watanabe was on usual finest form reminding me of his role as Katsumoto in The Last Samurai.
Everything about this film was impressive, and at times I felt obliged to watch it again. The technology used is balanced with the technology the film's plot focuses on, almost as if the two are challenging each other, and I can only imagine what the next step in creation is going to be. Sometimes, mere acting can surpass FX, but when it compliments it, as well as having a director on the top of his game and a plot that will keep you thinking LONG after the film has finished, the result is fantastic. Whatever you've heard, whether you think you might like it or not, whether you think it's already been spoiled for you or not, go and watch it. You'll be surprised!