Inception Movie Review from Cinema Static

by on July 16, 2010

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INCEPTION Movie Review

INCEPTION Movie Review

This Inception Movie Review is about 99% spoiler free!

What every movie review has been saying about Inception are true and they can’t convey the true experience of the movie. This is an event. An event that is told so well that it draws you in and won’t let go. It’s some of the best 45 minutes I’ve ever spent in a movie theater. Wha? Inception is 2 hours and 20 minutes long, but the story makes time fly. I never found myself getting antsy once… and I enjoyed the movie, despite sitting in the 2nd row of the theater. Even being in the 2nd row did not distract from this epic tale of the mind and the games you can play with it.

INCEPTION L-R Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan

L-R Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan on the set of Inception

I’ve always said that any effort is a team effort. When you have ace players on the team, the team can’t lose. Writer, director, producer Christopher Nolan built and led this team in such a way that these faces, this movie, will be a part if cinematic history. Another part of the team is cinematographer Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Batman Begins).

Editor Lee Smith, whose also worked with Wally Pfister and Christopher Nolan before this. And the cast.

The cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger were possibly cast as perfectly as can be as this on-screen team meshed seamlessly to portray the script that was written and produced by Nolan.

I can’t imagine being the editor of a movie on this grand of a scale and how you don’t second guess yourself while working with such raw, mind numbing talent. Yes, I’m blithering on and on about it.

Inception. It’s about a system, a machine behind the system. It’s about a man, his wife & his children. It’s about one last job before getting home. Inception is about dreams and the complexity they present while Christopher Nolan somehow, magically, breaks it all down into a digestible tale. A tale where the strongest possible love ever felt rules the background of the entire plot, and yet, threatens everything anyone tries to do. (That will make sense later)

Inception is about tampering with the dreams of people to extract information or, implant information, ideas. They describe dreams so on-point it makes your eyes go wide as you find yourself saying “yea, that’s it!” to yourself.

INCEPTION l-r Joseh Gordon-Levitt and Leonardo DiCaprio

L-R Joseh Gordon-Levitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception

Leonardo DiCaprio as never, ever struck me as an action hero. He probably won’t attain that status here either, but his intensity and survival skills of getting out from under some pesky situations is wonderfully conveyed to the point where I’m ready to see him take on Predators. Literally! But as much of a thinking man’s man that he is playing Cobb, he’s as much the man who can, when forced, to resolve situations through action.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Arthur) pulls off the wing-man to Cobb supremely and we see why Arthur is Cobb’s right-hand man. He literally has Cobb’s back, thinks outside the box when there’s no gravity and gets the job done! (That sentence will make sense some day.)

Ellen Page surprised me. Images and movie previews did not generate any sort of anticipation in her role. But I go back to that team experience because by midway through this mindful movie, (Get it? Mindful?) she becomes my all-knowing, highly intuitive hero of Inception.

I could go on and on, but I’ll end on Tom Berenger, who, in his own right, as graduated from the calm and rugged action flick man from years ago to his character, Browning, the company lawyer. If you’ve ever envisioned a rough hewn, rugged lawyer that doesn’t pretend to be such, that’s Berenger.

INCEPTION L-R Cillian Murphy - Leonardo DiCaprio - Joseh Gordon Levitt

L-R Cillian Murphy, Leonardo DiCaprio & Joseh Gordon-Levitt in Inception

The movie starts out complex, but explains itself quickly and moves forward in such a way, a movie pace, that you not only keep up, but they manage to make the incredibly complex still rather simple. At one point, there was a simple deed that needed doing. At moments, it became so convoluted, I almost kept forgetting why, but from how they delivered the story, I was able to retain the premise.

The music was also of interest to me today. Hans Zimmer put out some music for this film that was such perfection for background music that it caught my attention and yet, allowed me to return to the story and the scene I was watching without distraction.

Ellen Page in INCEPTION

Ellen Page in INCEPTION

I’m am very happy to say that despite the movie trailers that are out and about, really don’t spoil anything! Which is rare for a movie and speaks oodles towards the attention to detail in creating the atmosphere to want to see this movie. Tease the movie-goer with incredible ideas, yet give little away. Like we’re in a dream and a thought has been planted… but we don’t know where from.

Inception, is so worth it, it’s ridiculous. It will have a pretty big box office weekend. Every other movie I’ve seen, where I’ve been going, has only filled the house from 1/3 to 1/2 full at best. Today’s late-morning Friday showing, which should have been 1/2 empty, was about 65-75% full.

Was Inception perfect? NO! Some of the fight scenes were a bit distracting (That could have been the affect of sitting in the 2nd row!) and at times, I really had to stop to keep track of what we were doing, when we were doing it where. (That will make sense later also.) But it’s not a 9 movie. So I do give Inception 10 out of 10 today! And it will probably dust DVD / Blu-ray sales also, when it comes up.

INCEPTION Leonardo DiCaprio stares at his top

INCEPTION Leonardo DiCaprio stares at his top - This will make sense later!

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