Today’s IMDB Top 250 Guest Review comes from Drew of Drew’s Movie Reviews. Thanks for joining in, Drew! Now let’s see what he has to say about Inception, IMDB rank 14 out of 250…
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Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are “extractors,” a type of thief who enters a target’s dream to steal information. Japanese businessman Saito (Ken Watanabe) hires them and their team to plant an idea inside someones head, or “inception,” a task many consider to be impossible. The target is Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy), son of Saito’s dying competitor. Arthur tries to refuse the job but Saito offers Cobb an offer he can’t refuse: the opportunity to return home to his family.
It can be hard to find a truly original movie nowadays among the sea of remakes and reboots. Inception breaks away from the crowd and offers one of the most original stories told today. Top it off with a great cast of actors and an amazing director and the result was bound to be something spectacular.
Sometimes movies try to explain their world before getting into the story. But Inception doesn’t do that. Rather than use the beginning to set up the technology used to enter one’s subconscious, it is used to introduce the concept of dreams within dreams and simply give an idea of what it the technology can do. Later we get the explanation through Ariadne (Ellen Page), the bridge between the movie and the audience. So rather than bore us with the details early on, the movie accepts that entering dream space is already an established technology.
Although there is a large ensemble, each character gets their fair share of screen time. Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are the main focus, but they handle the attention well and give amazing performances. I haven’t seen Cillian Murphy much except for this and the Dark Knight trilogy, but between the two he definitely shows what he is capable of. I’d have to say my favorite performances is Tom Hardy as Eames. He brings a charisma that fits his character perfectly.
Cobb has become one favorite movie characters. He is very complex and it’s easy to forget that he is a thief. He is an antihero but is one because of the circumstances and only wants to get back to his family. Most antiheroes say they have good intentions and only become so out of necessity but secretly enjoy being a thief/killer/whatever kind of antihero they are. But Cobb is truly doing was is necessary simply to return to his family.
I have mentioned in several of my other reviews how important the score can be to a movie. Like most other aspects of Inception, the sound work and music complement what is happening on screen perfectly. The movie can get loud to accentuate the action going on, but it also gets very quite, making these moments more intimate. Hans Zimmer is my second favorite composer (behind the wonderful John Williams) and for a good example of why he is amazing just look at this movie. His score is memorable and gives a certain gravitas to the events unfolding on screen.
There were some pretty cool visuals, too. Working inside a dream allowed the action to be limited only by the imagination. One of the coolest was an early scene when Ariadne was learning about molding dreams. She is walking around Paris and made the city fold on itself, among creating other things. There is also a fight scene in zero gravity in a hotel hallway. And these are just a few! The visual department outdid themselves.
Inception is one of the most original movies that has come out in a long time. Rather than waste the first scene setting up the technology, it uses it to set up the concept of multi-leveled dreams that is an integral part of the plot. The dream scape setting allows for some pretty awesome action sequences, such as a folding city and a zero gravity fight… inside a hallway. Cobb is an fascinating character that is surprising complex for a thief. Despite the large ensemble cast, each character gets some good moments to shine. I think part of the appeal of Inception is the heist itself and the originality of the whole thing. Really, if you haven’t seen Inception, what are you waiting for?
Cast & Crew
Christopher Nolan – Director/Writer
Hans Zimmer – Composer
Leonardo DiCaprio – Cobb
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Arthur
Ellen Page – Ariadne
Tom Hardy – Eames
Ken Watanabe – Saito
Dileep Rao – Yusuf
Cillian Murphy – Robert Fischer
Marion Cotillard – Mal
Tom Berenger – Browning
Pete Postlethwaite – Maurice Fischer
Michael Caine – Miles
Lukas Haas – Nash
Fantastic review of a simply phenomenal movie. This is definitely one of my favourites!
Thanks, Zoe! I’d have to say it is up in my top films, too. It’s well written, well acted, and has a great score. You can’t go wrong!
You really can’t. It is endlessly thrilling! I absolutely love it!
I agree completely about the music. I still sometimes listen to the soundtrack on the bus to work. Makes the journey feel epic!
I listen to it on my Pandora film score station while I’m working. It adds some excitement to my day.
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Thanks again for your review! It’s definitely a good movie – I should give it another watch someday. : ) I just always hated that Inception got so much more attention than The Prestige, which is the film I REALLY loved. : )
No problem, it was fun. The Prestige was another awesome film from Nolan I enjoy very much, too. I didn’t realize there was so much more attention towards it than Inception. Too bad. Looks like Interstellar is getting the attention now.
Great review, totally agree with all of it. The ensemble was wonderful and the score, but for me, Marion Cotillard, was the most arresting actor. Utterly mesmerizing. She was so beautiful and creepy at the same time. Leo’s acting had a chance to shine due to her.
Thanks, Cindy! Cotillard did give a great performance. She had this feeling about her like she could snap at any moment, but she never did. It’s hard to envision another actress in the part.
Great review Drew, this movie did an amazing job of keeping me on the edge, and engaged in the plot. This is one movie I have seen twice in theaters (a very very rare occurrence for me). Absolutely a 5/5
Thanks, Cory! In theaters I only saw it once, but I’ve lost count how many times I have watched it since picking up the blu-ray.
Nice work ~ sometimes it’s hard to write about things like this – well done!
Thanks! It can be difficult, and I have found that if I’m writing about a movie I enjoy (and I REALLY enjoy Inception), it becomes much easier to write about.
Excellent review of a truly terrific film that should be commended not only for its ambition, but also for its tantalising execution. Find it difficult to fault Inception.
Thanks, Adam! I could not pick out a single thing about Inception I didn’t like. All the pieces just fell together so well.
Great review. One of my favourite films of recent years.
Thanks, Abbi! Mine, too.
A modern classic. Great work.
Excellent review. I’m gonna rewatch this in 3…2….1…
Thanks, Niejan! After you rewatch it, you may as well watch it again. 😛
good review. i didn’t like Inception all that much when I first saw it – perhaps because it was well over a year after it first came out and I had heard nothing but raves, perhaps also because I am not a huge fan of Nolan’s work (Memento and The Prestige being exceptions). But I watched Inception again (and again, and again), and I like it more and more and more each time, although I do think it has its flaws. You are right that it is one of the more original concepts out there, and the visuals and performances are all top-notch (although I struggled to understand Watanabe at times). The music is also very good (for once, Zimmer’s ‘BWAAAAMMMMMM!!!!” has a place) The hospital level (snow, skidoos) is Nolan’s tribute to James Bond pics: perphaps Nolan would be a good director for a future Bond film.
Thanks, Niall! A Nolan-directed Bond movie sounds amazing! I would go see that in a heartbeat.
Nicely done Drew. This was such an amazing and original movie.
Nolan once again proved he is such a great storyteller.
Hope he does as well on Interstellar!
Thanks, Rob! I hope so too. It has a great cast and based on his past movie success, I think it is going to be great. I’ve enjoyed everything of Nolan’s I have seen so far.
Enjoyed them all besides insomnia
Great review, love this movie. This is one of those movies I can read a million different reviews on it and never get bored. 🙂 Good job.
Thanks, Melissa! I’m the same way. I just can’t read enough about this movie and it’s always fun to hear what different people think about it.
Exactly it doesn’t get old!
Agreed Drew, this one is ace. Love Eames, love Cobb. Heck, I loved all the characters and the story itself was inspired and original. Chris Nolan is atop my favorite directors list for sure.
I agree 100%! Inception remains one of the most unique and interesting movies I’ve ever seen. Love it! Great review, Drew! 🙂
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