Inception (2010)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


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A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.


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12 July 2010 | technofunkie
10
| Nolan's first true masterpiece
Usually I try to be careful with over hyping a film, or setting the expectations too high, as film geeks all are guilty for, however for Christopher Nolan's Inception, this really is not possible.

This is possibly one of the only perfect films I have ever seen. It is absolutely confident in every way, something which is extremely refreshing, even more so than Avatar. Christopher Nolan gets some slack for making great to look at but ultimately heartless affairs, which I for one do not agree with, however I do not think anyone can argue that here. The emotional aspect of this film not only ties it all together but is really the centre of this film, it is the focus.

I do not want to over simplify the film, by simply calling it Kubrick doing Bond, or Gondry on a huge budget, because I am sure it will be called that but it is far more than that, it is something I do not think Kubrick could have ever made. It is pure Nolan, and pure greatness.

I hate writing something which is pure fan-boy gushing, but its really difficult here. I did not find a thing I did not like about it, I am sure if maybe I saw it a second time, maybe I would find something about it I didn't like, but not the first time. The way it is cut, means that there is always action on screen, if not, then the visuals are interesting enough to keep your eyes glued.

The final hour of the film, is possibly one of the most complicated action sequences put on film. You have to constantly be paying attention to remember all of the layers of what is happening. Without spoiling anything, all I have to say is that is what this film is about, that is what makes this film so great, layers. Once you have seen this you will now what I am talking about.

All of the actors are fantastic too, Di Caprio is the stand out here. Yes, this is probably due to the fact he is the star and given all of the emotional weight, but he handles it perfectly, similarly to his performance in Shutter Island. Ellen Page, whom I usually hate, gives a great performance here. Tom Hardy gives a break out performance here, he is quite the bad ass.

I hope audiences are ready for a film like this, a pure auteur driven film which does not sacrifice a single frame for the studio. I would hope this film will change Hollywood, as it is 100 percent the directors vision yet it is definitely a marketable film, much like District 9, yet I do not think it will.

I cannot recommend this film anymore than I have, I just have to say everyone and anyone should see it. Sorry about all the gushing, it is just so hard not too.

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Trivia

When the crew arrives at Level One of Robert Fisher's dream, Yusuf is standing on a street corner in the rain. When Yusuf enters the car, Arthur and Eames tease him, because the downpour was the result of his need to urinate after drinking too much champagne, on the ten-hour flight to Los Angeles ("Couldn't have peed before you went under?"). Dileep Rao also played Dr. Max Patel in Avatar (2009), and has a scene with Grace Augustine where she tells him, "You see, they're just pissing on us without even the courtesy of calling it rain."


Quotes

Saito's Attendant: He was delirious but asked for you by name. Show him...
Japanese Security Guard: He was carrying nothing but this...
Japanese Security Guard: And this...
Saito: Are you here to kill me?


Goofs

At 24mins, Cobb tests graduate student Ariadneby by asking her to design a maze. She eventually draws a circular one, which impresses Cobb. A maze constructed out of concentric broken circles cannot accommodate any blind routes, and is therefore fundamentally flawed. You simply cannot make a maze out of this geometry.


Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits Édith Piaf's "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" plays at normal speed, then slows down to the speed it was at the beginning of the film during Hans Zimmer's score and throughout the movie. Then we see the title stop in the center of the screen as the song ends.


Soundtracks

Non, je ne Regrette rien
Music by
Charles Dumont
Lyrics by Michel Vaucaire
Performed by Édith Piaf
Courtesy of EMI Music France
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music

Storyline

Plot Summary


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Genres

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

16 July 2010

Language

English, Japanese, French


Country of Origin

USA, UK

Filming Locations

Bedfordshire, England, UK

Box Office

Budget:

$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,785,337 18 July 2010

Gross USA:

$292,576,195

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$836,836,967

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