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Posted on 7/16/10 11:06 AM
Inception was probably the most anticipated movie of the year. Ive been waiting patiently to see it since the teaser trailer premiered many months ago. I love Christopher Nolan's work and am amazed at his ability to craft intelligent, thoughtful and engaging films. Needless to say, when I went to the theater at 3:30 Am to go see it in Imax, my expectations were pretty damn high.
But by god did it deliver. I don't want to give anything away at all, so I'm not going to discuss the plot or premise of the movie other. All you have to know about it before you go in is that Leonardo Dicaprio and his colleagues are people who have the technology to construct and enter dreams. Thats it. I cant even begin to talk about the complexities of the film with the 24227 characters I have left.
Now many of you may think that this film is too complicated to understand. I had that fear to some extent but I was truly able to keep up with the ideas and the story. The movie really makes you think, and I mean really. It felt kind of good knowing that by the end, I understood the rules, complexities and the countless layers of detail and preciseness of performing what the characters in the movie do. When you see this movie, and I mean when not if, bring your brain and 3 thinking caps because you will need them to really appreciate the movie.
As always, the cinematography was just beautiful. There are plenty of dazzling scenes and the whole movie is filmed with poise and expertise. The action is Grade A, delivering mind bending fight scenes that change all the rules. I cant imagine what it was like to film many of the scenes in the film.
There are a few things that I don't understand, possibly because they are not explained or because I missed something. If you have seen the movie then maybe you can help me out. If you havent skip to the next paragraph please! The main point that I didnt understand dealt with the limbo state. When Leo and Ellen page go to the crumbling city the first time, is that limbo or is that the targets own dream? If its limbo then how come the Japanese guy wasnt in it? How does Leo end up at the beach again and where is that? Is limbo Leo and Mals creation? I'm defintly going back to see it again and see if I can answer any of these questions.
The premise is a bit daunting, but the movie delivers. Its one of the most original movies I have ever seen, and easily Nolan's best tied with the Dark Knight. The film is similar to the Matrix, but to be honest, takes the premise much farther and leaves you thinking for days. I completely reccomend seeing the movie in Imax. It turned this movie, a large scale movie, and made it 10 times bigger. It helped make the movie come alive. Its the best movie of the year so far, and is a real treat to anyone who enjoys well crafted, intelligent thrillers.