I wanted to surrender to this dream; I didn't want to be out in the cold, alone. But I truly have no idea what so many people are raving about.
This is an interesting review, but two things annoyed me:
1) He didn't even get the main character's name right...It's not Dom Cobb, it's DON Cobb. He also didn't realize that the name is an ode to Noir films, which the movie kind of is in its own right.
2) He really is judging this entire film by the hype instead of the film. You can tell by the tone of his review. I feel like he went into the film knowing the hype, and judging every second he saw to the hype. Pity.
Jul 12 - 11:45 AM
actually, it IS Dom Cobb.The 'Cobb' bit is the only reference (an ode to a character in Nolan's first film, Following
Jul 12 - 11:51 AM
oh, I always thought when reading about the film that it said his name was DON not Dom...oh well. My mistake.
Jul 12 - 02:08 PM
but i do agree with your 2nd point to an extent
Jul 12 - 11:53 AM
it's DOM. short for dominic
Jul 12 - 05:37 PM
I knew one guy would hate this movie. nothing can stay 100 percent.
Well hey, at least the first negative review wasn't from Armond White. I'm honestly kind of surprised...
Jul 12 - 11:54 AM
Yeah but we're yet to see what good old Armond has to say about it....
Jul 12 - 11:56 AM
That's okay. If he didn't like it, that's his loss. I'm sure he's at home watching Sex & the City or Twilight. Soft.
Jul 12 - 02:41 PM
OMG YOU HAVE SUCH BAD TASTE IN MOVIES CUZ THIS IS THE GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL-TIME AND YOU JUST IN DENIAL OF THAT. WHY DON'T YOU GO TROLL SOME OTHER MOVIES FOR A CHANGE LIKE TWILIGHT OR SOME CRAP LIKE THAT CUZ NO ONE CARES ABOUT THOSE MOVIES ANYWAYS
Jul 12 - 11:57 AM
Wow so many people are complaining about this like his tarnished a masterpiece. Have any of you seen the movie? Do you guys know it's so great that anyone who is intelligent cannot insult it?At least the man gives good reasons as to why he hates unlike a certain critic we all know. Inception well still be good, so bad reviews shouldn't bother you guys.
Jul 12 - 12:02 PM
I was surprised reading this review. This guy is not an idiot. Kudos sir.
Jul 12 - 12:03 PM
OK, everybody...I'm going to say this once and for all, alright?...NO, and I mean absolutely NO, main-stream movie will EVER again get 100%.Period. Done. The end. Deal with it.I'm sorry, but (and everyone, don't take this the wrong way) we are in the 21 century, for goodness sake!The time of main-stream movies getting 100% (specifically, 1960-80's) is long, long gone.There MAY be 1 or 2 INDEPENDENT movies every 5 years or so that get 100%, but even that is iffy.The sooner everyone on this site and every other movie site in the world accepts this, the better off everyone will be when a great movie comes out and it doesn't get 100%.For instance, when I saw that TS3 (a main-stream movie) has gotten more than 210 reviews and is at 99% on the TM and an average rating of 8.8/10, I was astounded! Absolutely blown away! Does anybody knows what this means...anybody?? It means that TS3 is EASILY the best-reviewed film of the 2000's...easily!If anybody can name me a MAIN-STREAM film (not some independent, Spanish movie) in the last 11 years (2000-2010) that has gotten 100% and an average rating of 8.9 or higher...please, let him speak!Anyways, in regards to Inception, I am very looking forward to it sill, and think it will definitely be one of, if not THE, best movie of the year and summer.I don't think it will top TDK in either RT's mind or mine because TDK got 94%, and I don't see Inception getting quite that high unfortunately, because it is a (as almost every critic so far has said) "thinking-person's" film. Not michael bay, thank god! My guess is a final TM rating of around 90-92% and an average rating of 8.0-8.4. I also don't think it will be as good as TDK in my books because TDK is right now #3 on my all-time favorite movies...I really don't see it surpassing that, but who knows?Anyways, Inception in I-MAX on Monday night...!! ALL. THE. WAY.Cheers,
Jul 12 - 12:05 PM
The main reason why I'm going to see this movie is because it is an original idea not a remake or a adaptation. Christopher Nolan has not let down audiences yet and I'm expecting the same from this movie. The dark knight was a phenomenal piece of work and I'm hoping this one is too. Just because people have different opinions on a movie doesn't mean anything. Not everyone likes the same flavor of ice cream.
Jul 12 - 12:26 PM
Cineaste Cahiers Du Cinema
Actually, "Inception" is not original. It either takes plot and conceptual elements, to whole plot lines from the following movies and strings them together:1. La Jetee2. Total Recall3. 8 1/24. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind5. Blade RunnerI don't believe it is impossible to create a completely new work, but Pablo Picasso said it best:"Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal". (I would give Nolan real respect if he starts the film with this quote)I'll let you figure out whether Nolan copied, or stole to create "Inception".
Jul 12 - 01:05 PM
Dude...I think you simply need to do your research.
All those films you listed are un-original as well or done so early in time that it was easy to be original considering audiences in that time had barely seen anything. Plus, most those films listed deal with Time traveling to which wasn't a "new" idea by any means.
-Total Recall - based on a Philip k. Dick short story. Plus it drew major influences from Blade Runner, Dune and A "Martian Chronicles."
- Blade Runner - Also based on a Philip K. Dick Story called "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"
-Le Jetee was made in the 20's and dealt with Time travel. Not a new idea, but I really see no relevance to Inception.
- 8 1/2 was an early work as well, but I'd think it's quite a streth for you to say Inception borrowed any idea from that film.
My point being is that we are in the year 2010. Audiences these days have not only SEEN a lot, but they've READ a lot. It is incredibly difficult to come up with ANY idea that isn't influenced by other ideas set in films/novels/stories or any other sort of medium. The goal is to take an idea and spin them in a way to feel fresh. Take them in a sort-of new director. Inception seems to have done that.
Sure, no one is sitting here saying it's the most original movie, but it sure as hell strives to take the idea in different directions, and it could be in the way the story is told that would be "fresh."
Jul 12 - 02:30 PM
La Jetee was not made in 1920- it was made in 1962.Have you seen La Jetee? If you have, you will see how disturbingly close it is to "Inception".I don't think you read my Pablo Picasso quote either: "Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal" After reading your response- apparently we agree with each other.
Jul 12 - 08:06 PM
I actually meant to say the 60's.
Anyways, Inception is not disturbingly close in premise to Le Jetee like you claim. A better film to mention on ripping of Le Jetee would be 12 Monkeys. That's a smarter mention.
Jul 13 - 09:57 AM
Well it was going to happen eventually
Also, everybody be sure to stand away from the door. Any time now, Armond White is going to come barreling through it with a negative review.
Jul 12 - 12:33 PM
Boo this man!
Jul 12 - 12:44 PM
If you have no idea what people are raving about, then you are an idiot. Go back into your hole and stay there.
Jul 12 - 01:17 PM
BLARGLE BLAG GRAH BRAGAH RARGLE!!!!!That's my rant. Dude didn't care for the movie, oh well. Anyone who has more than 10 friends probably can't think of one movie that all their friends liked. People have different tastes, oh well.Emmanuel Levy gave it an A- though, so I know I'm gonna really enjoy this.
Jul 12 - 01:23 PM
I was curious about something and decided to check what you thought about each Nolan movie. The one's you reviewed, you didn't like. Always had something very negative to say. Did you truly not like the movies or do you just have something against Nolan?
Jul 12 - 01:35 PM
It's one negative review. The guy really wanted to like the film. Like many of us, he was excited about seeing it. I'm sure there will be people amongst us who won't like it when they see it. It's an opinion article. Like Edelstein says, Nolan is like an engineer, he blends together several incredibly inventive scenes. But you know what? I tend to agree with Edelstein that the way Nolan puts these scenes together don't always tend to flow naturally.
Like many, I loved the Dark Knight. But you know what? I don't think it started off that great. I felt that the "real" Batman's entrance kind of came out of nowhere and felt clunky. The scene placing just didn't feel right. It was perfect in the sense of what Nolan wanted to accomplish, but it felt a bit robotic or out of place.
I'm going to see Inception opening night. I'm not going to try to hype myself up for the film. However, from seeing almost every of Nolan's previous films, I can entirely understand why somebody might not have enjoyed the film. Nolan is an expert of putting together various scenes into a masterful whole, but sometimes the flow of the film seems unnatural or off a bit. Kind of hard to explain. I still think I will love Inception.
Jul 12 - 02:02 PM
Interesting, do you agree with my previous comment about Nolan's fast cutting style? (page 5)
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Jul 12 - 02:13 PM
jeeze people, of course there was going to be at least one person who didnt like it.
Jul 12 - 02:14 PM
Nolan's films are like filing your taxes and receiving your refund: you feel a sense of accomplishment, but it was really no fun getting there.
Jul 12 - 02:24 PM
So basically, it seems like you're saying that you don't want to actually use your brain when watching a movie.
I'm sorry, but comparing Nolan's films to taxes is just ridiculous. Bashing Nolan for making films that make you THINK instead of churning out disposable action flicks such as From Paris with Love, Transformers, or Jonah Hex is just ridiculous. Since when was it not fun to use your brain? That's the problem with audiences these days.
Nolan has CONSISTENTLY made great films. Very well crafted, well written, well acted, well photographed films.
Jul 12 - 05:11 PM
No, mostly because his movies are absolutely bereft of humor.Nolan makes SUPER-ULTRA-SERIOUS-PSEUDO-INTELLECTUAL-MELODRAMAIf you read my previous comments, you will see that I have an appreciation for cinema, and have already listed all the films Nolan has ripped off to create "Inception":1. La Jetee2. 8 1/23. Total Recall4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind5. Blade RunnerAs I stated before- Pablo Picasso said "Good Artists copy, great artists steal" I'll leave it up to you to figure out which path Nolan took to create his "wholly original" and humorless "Inception".
Jul 12 - 07:11 PM
If you bother to read your reply from that horror guy, then you'd know how silly that logic is.
Jul 12 - 07:54 PM
Maybe it's just a personal preference, but I don't care if his films are ultra-serious. They're great films regardless. To me, it's just fun to watch & be engrossed in a masterful maze he creates in each film.
I don't think it's necessary he adds humor either. If you've watched a lot of Noir films, a lot of them are ultra-serious. This is what Christopher Nolan creates - Noir Films. He's a director fascinated with creating mazes and challenging the audience to complete them.
Also, those films that you listed (for a second time I might add) he did not rip from. You are pretty much just being a snob.
Jul 13 - 09:36 AM
That guy said NOTHING about Nolan's movies making you think or not.
Jul 12 - 08:26 PM
From Paris With Love gets a "Fresh" review from this guy?Sorry, you lose.
At least he has some valid arguments, but I still feel like he was too stupid to understand the concept and suspend disbelief. He also put a lot of snarky comments in his reviews to pathetically attempt satire. I feel that he really is just trying to piss people off. "Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks like Keanu Reeves' runty little brother." ? Sorry that he was a revelation in (500) Days of Summer.
Jul 12 - 02:37 PM
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is about 1000 times the actor of Keanu Reeves. I always thought he was under rated as an actor, Edelstein seems to like C-class acting, which is fine, I like some terrible actors as well, but cmon, he just wants to hate this movie.He gave Dukes of Hazard a positive people, Dukes of freaking Hazard...
Jul 12 - 02:57 PM
I apologize, Dukes of HaZZard, two z's, whew, I dodged a bullet from the DOH fans on that one, oh wait, there aren't any...
Jul 12 - 03:05 PM
Mother****er Johnny Knoxville is the Humprhey Bogart of our generation.
Jul 12 - 04:25 PM
Hehe, he DOES deserve an Oscar.. no question ;)
Jul 12 - 04:41 PM
He got snubbed in the Ringer.
Jul 12 - 05:54 PM