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Inception (2010)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Now, this was one of the first reviews I ever put onto here. But, I was bored, sitting at home with nothing to do, so I decided to completely rewrite it (it was originally only 2 paragraphs) into a proper review. So, here goes:

Dom Cobb (Dicaprio) is the world's most skilled extractor. But, he is approached by company man Saito (Watanabe) who asks him for the opposite; Inception. This involves planting an idea into a target's mind, as opposed to taking one. This is much more complex, and needs to operate on three levels of dream. So, along with his team, Cobb finds his target, and they go into his dream. And then again. And again. But Cobb is always under attack by his dead wife, Mal (Cotillard), who attempts to sabotage his plans. Dying in a dream only wakes you up, but for levels this thick, they have used a much more powerful sedative. This means that dying in a dream will send them into a further dream state, called Limbo, for an undeterminable amount of time. Can Cobb and his time survive, and complete the task in hand?

But, there's more. Cobb has fled from America, as the authorities believe that he killed Mal. Did he? No, he didn't but there is more to the story than you would originally think. Mal is in every dream that Cobb is in, and the only other member that knows this is Ariadne (Page). If he completes this task, Saito will have his charges wiped clean and Cobb will be accepted back into his home country, to meet his children.

It all amounts to an astonishing success. There are so many aspects of this film that I can praise, if I were to write them all down you'd be here until Christmas. I'll start with the story. It isn't your every day action flick, there's a whole load of intellectuality here, and it's one VERY clever film. You can't just relax, and half watch whilst on your phone. You really have to stay focused for the first few times you see it. The more you watch it, the more you will notice.

Secondly, the characters. The main character is obviously Cobb, but his team includes Ariadne, Arthur (Gordon-Levitt), Eames (Hardy), and the chemist. The characters are all likeable, and all have their own skills and traits. For example, Eames is a forger. He can change his appearance inside a dream world to whoever he likes. They can be real, or imaginary. He doesn't seem too fussed about whether the job is done properly or not, he just tries to get it done. On the other hand, there's Arthur. He is constantly serious, as he knows what this means to Cobb, and makes sure he does everything to a top standard. The wide mix gives us a real blend of personalities, and makes it easier to know who's who in a film so complex.

The script is also fantastic. Nolan spent ten years polishing and finalising the script, and it really paid off. With such quotes as "Dreams feel real while we're in them, it's only when we wake up that we realised something was actually strange", and "You never remember the beginning of a dream, you always end up right in the middle", it really dazzles. The latter quote leads on to a scene in which Paris is folded in half. The special effects here, and in the whole movie, are phenomenal, and the film really deserved its Visual Effects Oscar.

I also loved the Score. It's dramatic, and it suits the film to the bone. It mainly comprises of loud, heavy slams, but there are some really emotional parts to them. This is important, as, if viewed and looked at properly, "Inception" is quite an emotional film. Cobb's relationship with Mal can be heartbreaking, and in a series of flashbacks, we learn a lot about her and the moments leading to her death. This means we can really connect with Cobb, and we really want his plan to succeed so that he can go home to his family. In parts, it's breathtaking. Oh, and mal is damned creepy!

Finally, I can't go without praising the action scenes. There's quite a few, but the stand out one has to be the anti-gravity fight in the hallway in the second level. And, for those of you that will moan "It's just like the Matrix"; no it is not. There was no anti gravity in The Matrix; you could do whatever you want there. The dreams are real here, so it is by no means similar.

Inception is my personal favourite film of all time. There, I said it. It's not just down to the wholly awesome action scenes, there's so much more to it than that. I know a fair few people who hated this movie (both on here and personal friends), and I can understand why. But, and don't take this offensively, I feel they aren't looking hard enough. There is four layers of action in Inception, which is four stories, four settings, and four completely separate realities. Yet, Nolan still finds little places to cram in emotion, and make Inception not just an action film, but an intellectual masterpiece.

To Summarise: Pounding action there may be, but "Inception" relies more on its innovative plot and honest emotion, making it a truly fantastic piece of work.

Final Destination 5
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The Final Destination franchise doesn't get much praise, really. Well, that is, until "Final Destination 5" came along! With one positive review away from turning fresh on the Tomatometer, it's widely considered to be the best of the series so far. So, here's my breakdown on the series so far. The original Final Destination wasn't very strong. It had weak character development, and it felt too rushed. This would earn a 40% from me. Final Destination 2 improved vastly, which much more inventive death sequences, much more suspense, and it was a better crafted movie. I took itself too seriously though. This one would get a 60%. Final Destination 3 improved again, by playing out most of the death sequences as a joke, but still being inventive and fun. I'd give this a 70%. Then came along The Final Destination, which was horrific. It attempted a campy, comedic feel, and it was just stupid. The deaths were boring, rushed and predictable, and it was a horrible attempt of a movie. It'd get a 20% from me. Now, we arrive at "Final Destination 5", which I have awarded an 80% to. Why? Because it's the best of the series so far by a long shot.

You know the drill; a group of people survive a freak accident, and eventually get killed in strange circumstances. This time, we follow Sam (Nicholas D'Agosto) and girlfriend Molly (Emma Bell). After seeing the bridge collapse in a premonition, Sam saves a group of his workmates, and they witness the bridge collapse. But, soon enough, they start dying off in the order they should have on the bridge. Geddit?

I saw this film 4 hours ago, and I'm still in awe. I'm so impressed by Stephen Quale (new director) it's actually unreal! He's brought an entirely new feel to the series. Not only did he introduce a new rule, but he added more suspense than I've ever seen, a brilliant use of 3D, the best visual effects from a Final Destination 5, and some of the most inventive death sequences of the series. Here's the run down...

I saw this film in 3D, and let me tell you how worth it it was! The opening credits are mind-blowing in 3D, glass flying into your face, blood spattered towards you, it's just 2 minutes of stunning 3D, and probably the best 3D since Avatar. The bridge collapse scene is a masterful use of 3D, and instead of using it as a gimmick, it's used to enhance the tension and effect. Holes in the bridge are shown close up, and we get a feel of how high the bridge is, let alone the stakes. It adds to the tension. It's one of the few films worth paying an extra 2/3 for.

The main thing that impressed me with this film though, was the tension. Unlike previous films, this film takes its death sequences seriously, but not too seriously. It's a perfect balance of seriousness and tension at the same time. One stand out scene is the Gymnastics death. SPOILERS. There are so many distractions, water falling from the ceiling, an open wire, a misplaced towel on the floor, our eyes scan the screen and we run through every possible outcome. But, whilst we're thinking about all that, the actual death comes in 5 seconds, and it's nothing we'd have even thought of. And they bring it little clues before hand, so we are aware of all the little items in the death, but we assume them as safe. It's a brilliant effect. SPOILERS OVER.

The death sequences themselves here are brilliant. They involved the gymnastics one mentioned above, an acupuncture session gone wrong, Laser Eye Surgery with a light hearted but nasty twist, and a wrench being flung into a characters face. The latter one was a complete shock, and had my jump big time! You just don't see it coming, and you're left there speechless, with a wide-mouth expression whilst you recover from the shock. It's truly great stuff.

There was also a new element here; kill or be killed. If you kill someone else, you will take however many years they had left. This is a nifty little entrance, but it's never really used to its full advantage. It does result in a pretty tense slasher-like chase towards the end though, just adding a bit of originality into the already wearing franchise. It's also a big part in the final twist, as well.

That's about it, really. It's just a brilliant entry in an okay franchise. It takes all of the negativity of the previous entries, and improves on them. Granted, character development isn't very strong here, and the acting is only really mediocre, but I wasn't expecting much more anyway. The acting's a lot better than what it was in the previous instalment though. Just take "Final Destination 5" as what it is; a fun, entertaining 90 minutes, with no real purpose. Think about that and you're in for a great time.

To Summarise: Inventive death sequences, brilliant 3D, a mind-blowing premonition and horrific intensity all make "Final Destination 5" the best of the series so far.