Each week, we're giving Marquee readers and iReporters the floor to tell us what they think about the latest buzzed-about movie.
This weekend we're setting our sights on "Inception," Christopher Nolan's movie that, as one of our producers put it, has real ideas in it, unlike some of Hollywood's other fare.
The L.A. Times called the film "popular entertainment with a knockout punch so intense and unnerving it'll have you worrying if it's safe to close your eyes at night," and Roger Ebert believes that "Inception" "does a difficult thing," as he wrote in his review. "It is wholly original, cut from new cloth, and yet structured with action movie basics so it feels like it makes more sense than (quite possibly) it does."
New York Magazine critic David Edelstein isn't as impressed. "With its dreams, dreams within dreams, and dreams within dreams within dreams, Christopher Nolan’s Inception manages to be clunky and confusing on four separate levels of reality," Edelstein starts his review. "For the record, I wanted to surrender to this dream," he went on. "I didn’t want to be out in the cold, alone. But I truly have no idea what so many people are raving about."
So who do you agree with? Did Nolan craft something that's unlike anything you've seen in the theater lately, or was it a bit like being in a bad dream? Let us know with an iReport, and we'll round up the verdict on Monday.
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i like this film very much!!
I thought it was such a great movie! I loved it and had me thinking. You really gotta pay attention to who's still in the dream and who's dream it is!
I will try to answer these questions...
1. How did Mal come to think that the limbo, the world in which Mal and Cobb were stuck for 50 years, is reality, and why does she start thinking that the real world is a dream once she wakes up from the limbo? I know Cobb planted that idea (inception) into her somehow, but how?
From the movie the concept is individuals hide their secrets in something akin to a locker in their sub conscious. If you place some idea in there...for instance finding his childhood windmill in his father's locker changes the relation and hence implants the idea that Cobb has been trying to place in Fischer Jr's mind. Cobb placed the idea in Mal's mind in a similar fashion – finds her hiding place, sees that she stored her spinning totem that is a reminder of the dream in there and understands that she wants to accept the dream as the realty, and places this idea in her brain instead.
2. How did Fisher turn out in Cobb’s limbo when he got killed by Mal?
This question traces back to how everyone enters the same dream – Cobb's or Fischer's or whoever else's. Although the movie does not clearly explain this, I am ready to accept that by designing the dream space, and using drugs to enter into the dream, somehow all the involved parties get induced into the same dream, controlled by one individual’s sub conscious.
3. How did Mal appear in a dream that wasn’t Cobb’s (I think it was Browning’s), when she killed Fisher?
This is because Mal is Cobb’s projection. He is guilty of what he did to her, and Areadne tries to make him realize the same. That he has to confront Mal and convince her and himself that he did what he could (this he must accept before he can control Mal).
4. How did Cobb find Saito, where is he, and why is he so old?
Because Saito went into the limbo much before Cobb did, and a few minutes in one level translates to a much longer in the next level. Sorry I do not remember the exact conversion scale. :D
5. How could the ending be a dream?
Because Cobb wants to go home and see his children the most. He has to come back 3-4 levels from the limbo to come into reality. He spins the top to check for reality and while he is waiting to see the result he sees his children’s faces, which has not happened in his dreams before. This could be because when memories are pulled into dreams, they take a life of their own and it is easy to lose grip on reality and forget that one is in a dream. He might have thought that this is reality and ignored the spinning top and the fact that children grow (his memory shows the children at the same age whenever he last saw them) and walked away from the thought that it could be a dream.
6. When is Mal a Cobb’s dream and when is she his memory?
This was hard for me too…but here is what I think. Every setting that really happened when Mal was alive is Cobb’s memory. In his dreams, his memories take a life of their own. And that is why it is dangerous, as his memories can blur the line b/w realty and dream. He never doubts realty when he sees Mal in other settings that do not match his memories.
7. What does the elevator represent in Cobb’s memory of Mal?
No Idea. Probably just a way to move from one part of a brain cell (memory?) to another?? :)
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this movie was so good anyone thats into action/thrillers/mind benders should definitely check it out
atch Inception if you haven't already seen it. It is a mind boggling experience. The concept is taken from the Hindu Scripture Yoga Vashistha's teachings to Lord Rama, that this life we are living is a dream & the dreams we have in our sleep are the dreams within our dreams. Most of us do not know this, hence we suffer because we feel it is real. The device used is like the Lucid Dreamer which gently nudges your dreams to change course. Moral of the story – 1) Don't take life too seriously, it is only a dream from which we have to wake up to reality.2) Don't try to change others, it is better we change ourselves and the dreams around us will change.
Will there be a sequel?
To start, you have to realize that the top is a red herring that the director uses to try and make you think you know what is real. It was NOT his totem, it was his wife's. So even the top spin at the end is a nice use of misdirection. His totem seems to be his children's faces. In a dream he CANT see his their faces. We know he is the real world because we see their faces.
I think that the whole movie was a set up from the plane trip on. I think that Cobb's Father was the architect who created a world in which Cobb would be able to let go of his regret for the loss of his wife. And that even the son of the business man was in on it. Cobb thought he was doing inception on him, but the team was actually doing inception on him – planting the idea to move on – to come back to the real world as his father told him in their first meeting.
This is why the 4th level they kept calling the "hospital" but was actually a recreation of the limbo world that Cobb and his wife made. It was his subconscience that was filling in the final level – not the original mark.
So the plane trip was not him doing a job to DO inception, but the whole thing was a set up (from the very first scene – where we come in halfway through a story) in order for him to be the subject OF inception.
Just my thoughts...
Saw it; was rendered spellbound, visually. Love Cillian Murphy, which is what caused me to give it a whirl. Will probably see it again just for the heck of it.
I loved this movie..... Next time I'll watch it high
The movie was absolutely awesome! I saw it in IMAX presentation. The sound effects were crazy. You could feel every punch, every impact and not because the bass was reverberating in your chest. And Di Caprio is so on point it's ridiculous! Will defeintely go see it again!
I like action. I like summer movies. I like small movies. I like sounds that go boom and things that make me go "oooohh" .. But I didn't like this movie. The tired device of the anonymous, all-powerful "Company" vs. the rebel on the run, and the "I'm a con-man getting conned by the con-men I think I'm conning" plot turns (they weren't twists, really), should be forbidden in Hollywood for the next few years. The ending was clear after five minutes, which wouldn't have been a bad thing if the next 2+ hours weren't just a thinly-strung series of excuses for effects. Were the effects amazing? No. They were very good, but if they don't have a story to support then they are about as important as hanging an original Escher in your basement stairway.
I wanted to enjoy this movie because Shutter Island was so dismal, and (while I'm not a Leo fan) I like to see good actors do good movies. If I can't relate to the main character then I want to at least like or be intrigued by him/her. There was less intrigue and more fatigue in this particular case because it was a one-note story with one-note acting, and all the loud music and staring extras in the world couldn't make it genuinely absorbing because it never started, stopped or moved .. it just hung there like that top that spins forever. And I just sat there thinking: when will it stop?
I enjoyed the movie. This is the same director that did two of my other favorite movies "Memento" and "Dark Knight". Yes the movie is deep and does require some thinking. Very similar to Matrix, in that you will probably have to watch it about 3 or 4 times to catch little things that you might have missed the first time. I loved the ending, which left you wondering. Cool movie, I definitely recommend.
How can anyone compare this to Ocean's 11? Are you completely nuts? Do you remember what Ocean's 11 was about? I thought this movie was almost complete garbage. Definitely should not be called "entertainment". I thought it was way too long and just got worse as time went on.
I don't think the ending means "make up your own mind". I think it means, "This is a happy ending. Who cares if it's a dream or not."
I saw it this weekend with my husband and thought it was an excellent movie. Leo and Joseph did a phenomenal job! Best movie I have seen in years! Will see it again!
I saw this movie "inception" on Saturday and it was very boring, I feel a sleep, I will have to watch it again when it comes out because I will not pay to see this again, Don't watch it at the drive-in, not sure if it was the Drive-In or the Sound of the movie it was not good.
Part of the plot they left unanswered was what was Cobalt Engineering? and why did they want him dead. Did he steal an idea from them or something? I think I missed that part. Everything else I understood, except how he found Satio. Did he go into a 5th level?
level 1 The Van
level 2 Hotel
level 3 Snow
level 4 Apartment
level 5 Beach??
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Part of the plot they left unanswered was what was Cobalt Engineering? and why did they want him dead. Cobb engineering didnt want him dead There was a price on his head due to something his wife did (watch the movie again for a better explanation) .
Everything else I understood, except how he found Satio. again you will have to watch the movie again
level 1 The Van (the real world)
level 2 Hotel 1st level (where all the charaters meet in first stage of sleep)
level 3 Snow (Rober Fisher's Jr mind)
level 4 Apartment (cobb's Mind)
level 5 Beach?? aka Limbo....
I saw it and I loved every minute of it!! I thought that it was shot so beautifully, I couldn't take my eyes off of the screen. The music was phenomenal as well, it worked perfectly with the film. I have to see it again to catch the small things that you don't quite get the first time. I think is movie is just fantastic, unlike anything I have ever seen before. Go see it if you can, you won't be sorry!
At first thought, I would not be able to understand what was going on-admittedly, some of it was confusing. I concentrated on following the story, and not just the dream sequences. Overall, I thought it was a well done, well executed film. The entire cast is put together well, and each character holds his or her own in their acting roles. I would not be surprised is this film receives an oscar nod next year.
Saw it this weekend. Absolutely fantabulous! One piece of advice, pay close attention! Getting up for popcorn or a drink, at any time in the movie will leave you lost.
WOW .. i WILL WATCH THIS MOVIE AGAIN . A M A Z I N G !!!!!
I saw it and loved it!
Seen it Friday night- Great flick- very complex- matrixesk special effects- kept you on the edge of the seat the whole 2 1/2 hours -ending leaves enough for a sequel -love Leonardos protrayal. Very intense and well acted. Hope Leo gets Oscar nom for this one.
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I am going to see it tonight!!!!! YEEEESSSSS!! I love Leo...
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Nope, DiCaprio is a crap actor with a pug face, so don't want to see anything he's in. next question?
this movie is about fat chics with smelly butts!
matrix + butterfly effect = inception
AWESOME movie. A great cast, brilliant director, and a well crafted script. Something that is original and yes... mind blowing. Like nothing I've seen in a long long time. Surprised and overwhelmed.
Saw it this weekend - it was awesome!!! Wonderful to see a "thinking" movie again, and one with tons of action.
Spoiler post. Do not read if you are seeing the movie.
I'm not sure why everybody is having a hard time with the plot. A man has to work a job for a powerful organization in order to have U.S. charges dropped against him. The assignment is to go into another person's dreams, and rather than steal information as they normally do, plant information to make the person dissolve his father's corporation. To do this they need to reach him on the deepest level possible, and they need to have the person believe that he is discovering a new truth for himself, rather than simply being told what to do. They have established that they can create dreams within dreams, and simply go one step further and add a third level of dreams. From there they set up a scenario where the mark feels he is getting closure from his departed father, and convinces him to break up the company.
Obviously this is an incredibly truncated synopsis, and there are plot devices such as dying to wake up, and the difference in the lengths of dreams, separating the dreams from your past real life experiences, and I'm not skilled (or bored) enough to give a full dissertation on this movie, but to say that people can't understand the plot is off the mark. I got it. I thought this movie was great, and considering how easily the movie could have collapsed on itself, I think they did a wonderful job in making it as easily accessible as it was.
I saw the movie yesterday night. IMAX $17. I was so bored.
when you go see it, bring your best brain!
Great movie. Those who complain that they ddidnt understand, are those who expect a pure American entertainment where the director bites and chews for you, and all you have to do is swallow. Not here. Here you have to work at it. And if you do, like anywhere else in life, the rewards will be great.
Yes, we're going this weekend. I just watched Shutter Island, It's true what the critics say, you have to see it more than once. Leodardo's performance was quite good. You can see the irony in Mark Ruffolos performance too, especially when you see it again. Ben Kingsley was just amazing. He played the perfect psych doctor.
Leo has a dark quality to his acting. He also makes the actors around him forget they are acting I think because he gets so into the parts he plays.
LOVED IT!!! Dont care that there may be holes, dont care that some things are missing, dont care about any of that. You dive into their world, and come out shaken. It took me a couple hours to shake it off. It makes you think, AND it's entertaining!!!! Amazing!!!
Horrible movie. Enough with the gunplay and explosives! Confused, convoluted plot and no sympathetic major characters.
I haven't heard the word "dream" so flogged to death since "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl." Total BS waste of time and money.
I agree. Pretty boring.
My mom and I went and saw this on opening night. What an amazing movie. Special effects did not really feel like special effects. I was locked in the whole movie. I will definately see it again on the big screen and purchase the DVD.
For those who doesn't believe that this was great movie, then you won't spend so much wasting time in threading this page.
The reason you're here because it made an impact/impression on you whether its positive or negative. And definitely you've liked it because you're still here! :)
I just saw it and it was great. Like anyone else I didn't understand it all but I trust that once I've thought about it and watched it again it will all make sense.
I've been interested in lucid dreaming for a long time and if anyone has studied this subject and tried it then the movie would make much more sense. I think most people don't realize that much of the film was based on reality and the actual techniques and science behind lucid dreaming rather then some matrix-like fiction the writer invented.
just saw it... i thought it was great!
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Awesome movie – at first its a bit dragging, but came out very thrilling in the end. It gives you a different perspective on how dreams are made of. Two-thumbs up!
This movie was absolutely amazing! I've seen it twice already and probably will go see it a third. The plot, the action, the stunning visuals. All worth it. GO SEE IT TWICE!!!
I didn't like it–great idea but poorly executed–I felt like the writers didn't know the rules of the world they created as there's WAY too many holes and questions–and the ending is inexcusable for a writer...its "the Matrix", "Shutter Island" and "nightmare On Elm Street Dream warriors"–not impressed.
That's why they make Toy Story. Executed better, holes are filled in, ending is great and should be impressive to those that can't grasp Inception.
Got to see Inception yesterday morning, and i know my opion may not count for much, but I honeslty
enjoyed it. I thought the story was well done even if it was somewhat confusing. The special effect (which is my main reason for going to the moives, I will admit) were amazing. The ending had me and my guy both wondering and thinking "what if he didn't__________(fill in your own thoughs)" The fact that we were still talking about the movie this morning during breakfast...tells us both that we will both be buying this one as soon as it comes out on dvd
I love how the enjoyment of something that someone else doesn't enjoy makes you a moron. I enjoyed Vanilla Sky, I enjoyed the Matrix, I enjoyed the Fountain, and I enjoyed this movie. I find that when people declare that anyone who doesn't agree with their opinions, it's not worth my time listening to them. For those that simply stated they didn't enjoy it, fair enough and that's valid.
I loved the movie and very much enjoyed the clues that gainsay the plot presentation to reveal the true inception. Spoiler alert for some:
Children usually don't appear exactly in the same clothes, age, and lack of change as when you left them.
The top is not his totem, it was his wife's.
The idea of reality and the way out has to come from oneself, so you can't be told. That's the point of inception. When you're the best, getting you out of something you're the master of has to be ridiculously complex or you won't believe your own assertions.
Not everyone is who they seem, as was obvious from the The Forger. Mal is real, imagined, and remembered. That's why being trapped is so difficult to overcome. She can also appear as anyone else.
Blah blah blah, the movie contains a lot of double meanings. For those that don't find it original, fine. But please don't cite anything in modern times as original. Let's face it, most creative progression stems from preceding ideas. The Matrix was a very cool idead and I loved the series. However, I also read "The Wonderland Gambit" and "Well of Souls" series along with a lot of other material that clearly preceded this.
I found this particular merging of other ideas interesting and will buy the movie.
Only one word to describe this movie...
Only one word
It was just ok
I thought it was a great movie, best I've seen in a long time. Really good script!
I would not say Inception was a simple movie. That said, I would not say Inception was any more complex than The Matrix. That also said, if I jammed the third acts of four Bad News Bears movies on top of each other, in a single movie, I could see that it would appear or become more complex, even for Ebert of whom I am a great fan.
Inception had an unforgivably tedious and tiresome one hour plus third act, consisting of four mediocre and uninteresting third acts within third acts. There is not much actually bad about the film's separate elements, but none are at all above average except the concept of the movie itself. It is like a cake, innovative for having 8 layers, but with none of the layers, nor cake nor icing very good on their own.
The movie was good. The soundtrack was even better!
To all of you vacuous pseudo intellectuals, let me make this simple. If I want to see an action movie, I’d go to a James Bond flic; but if I want an intellectually challenging movie, I’d look elsewhere. My elsewhere I thought was Inception but I was terribly disappointed. Inception claims to be that intellectual movie, but instead of asking philosophical questions relating to proving one’s own existence in the light of dreams being the counter to reality based thought... Inception totally missed the boat. It is just another mediocre FX filled Hollywood action movie. Save your money.
Not sure if I came out of the same theater as the rest of you...was too predictable. Sure, it had some nice touches but there was nothing to make me say "what's gonna happen now??" I'd wait to rent it before I'd spend the money...
Almost walked out on this it was so bad....save your money. Last Decaprio movie i will see, i thought Shutter Island was bad but this is worse.
I agree 100%...he basically just continued the same character in this movie. What happened to his range?? There goes a night of freezing in a theater that I won't get back! :)
I saw it the other day. Really good movie but you'll have to follow it very closely to understand whats going on.
Totally cool movie. Just saw it last night! Best movie I have seen in a long time!
The point of a good movie is to take you away from your own reality for a little while. To entertain you. Some people need Complex things to entertain them. Some do not. And i find that your mood going into the movie plays a big role on how you are entertained. And on the subject of if things in the movie didn't make sense, who cares? Its entertainment. Its science fiction. There isn't one movie made in Hollywood ever that didn't have elements of impossibility in them. That doesn't make them bad. And the ones that hinge their opinion on believablity in a movie, i feel sorry for you because you just haven't figured it out yet. This is entertainment. This movie isn't like 95% of the other movies coming out of Hollywood. That in itself makes it an interesting movie. While the originality of the movie isn't totally origional, it does have it's own twists on the subject and tells it a different way. Not to mention, out of the billion movies that have been put out, with all their plots and ideas, how many are like this one? Not many. And thats why alot of people like it. Thats why i loved the movie. It is different. You do have to think. and making your mind think like that, suspends your own reality for a little while. And that truely is entertainment.
Definitely worth seeing but VERY confusing at times!
It was refreshing to see something that had originality in it (although there were many thematic elements drawn from countless movies). It had a level of suspense that keep you wondering what was going to happen next. It was an action movie that morphed itself into a psychological thriller of sorts. And vice versa. Would recommend this movie to anyone who wants a taste of originality in a summer of hardly entertaining unoriginal drivel.
guy, eh, you know it's just a movie, right? The way some of you are talking, one would swear it was real life ...I think they call it entertainment, it's not supposed to put people at odds. Only foolish Americans would take something like a MOVIE and try to get something incredibly deep out of it, lol.
I'm going to take a nap now. With any luck, reading this was a dream.
Saw it at IMAX in NYC. Packed house. Solid cast, complicated story, non-stop action scenes (bit monotonous), a mix of several movies you've seen before... even Avatar... with humans being put under to function in another world... I wouldn't see it again. Good summer flick. Great for teens and males.
It was pretty cool! Not as mind blowingly awesome as some people here think, but it's definitely worth seeing on the big screen.
Saw the movie yesterday. I'm in my 70's and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You have to pay close attention because it's very complex. My daughter and her children also enjoyed.
When the movie ended, I leaned over to my husband and commented, "The next movie we see will be a chick flick."
I saw it 25 years ago, when it was called "Dreamscape". Next!
can you image a story line that never resembled another...ever? really are you that simple.
Ok, ok, so I realize that it's a science fiction movie, and that you don't have to know *how* everything happens (like how everyone is able to be in each others' dreams), but it's essential to understand *why* everything happens (the logic of the plot). So here are some of my plot questions. And since there are so many of you who claim to follow the movie flawlessly, please answer these paramount plot questions:
2. How did Fisher turn out in Cobb’s limbo when he got killed by Mal?
3. How did Mal appear in a dream that wasn’t Cobb’s (I think it was Browning’s), when she killed Fisher?
4. How did Cobb find Saito, where is he, and why is he so old?
5. How could the ending be a dream?
6. When is Mal a Cobb’s dream and when is she his memory?
7. What does the elevator represent in Cobb’s memory of Mal.
8. I have some other questions, but these are the begest ones for me right now.
Here's my shot at answering your questions......
A. Cobb found Mal's safe where she was hiding her token (the top). He spun the top, so that the next time she went there, she would see that she not in the real world (the top would still be spinning). So he planted that concept (the world she is in was a dream) so that even when she awoke in the real world, she was obsessed with the idea that even the real world was a dream.
2. How did Fisher turn out in Cobb’s limbo when he got killed by Mal?
A. Just a shot....Don't think he was dead yet in the previous dream level because of the compounded time. Took him a lot longer to die in the dream up one level, so even though he was dead in level 3, he was still alive in level 2.
3. How did Mal appear in a dream that wasn’t Cobb’s (I think it was Browning’s), when she killed Fisher?
A, I think because they were sharing the dream, Cobb's subconscious created Mal. This kept happening whenever Cobb was in a shared dream and was why he could not be an architect anymore.
4. How did Cobb find Saito, where is he, and why is he so old?
A. Caito was in limbo as was Cobb. He was so old because this was the 4th dream level where time is compounded to some insane level compared to real world time. Not sure why Cobb was not old as well. Can;t explain this one.
5. How could the ending be a dream?
A. The ending was an open interpretation ending. I thought early on it was possible that the whole movie was really Cobb's dream, adding a level to everything. But really, the point was that you don't know if the top keeps going or falls.
6. When is Mal a Cobb’s dream and when is she his memory?
A. Mal is always Cobb's subconscious leaking into the dreams. He can't control it and she is never "architected". Cobb's guilt manifests Mal.
7. What does the elevator represent in Cobb’s memory of Mal.
A. My interpretation is the elevator is just Cobbs way to move between memories of Mal and his kids. Seems like an easy way in dream land to represent how he moves between different significant events in his life.
I saw it Today. Its an amazing movie. great ride into dreams. Leonardo is a great actor and he delivers. The sequences are good. It leaves you wanting more of it. A must watch guys and on big screen.
loved it from start to finish! Just simply a wonderful film, great acting, amazing music and breath taking fliming! go see this one!
Really incredible movie - I can't stop thinking about it, and have already made plans to see it again. It's shocking to me how desperately some people seem to feel the need to attack the movie as "unoriginal" because some of the concepts have been in other movies. Um, please direct me to any work of art in the past 1000 years that has not borrowed from other works. News flash people: tropes are not bad! The test of an artist is whether they can use and combine concepts as old as man and create something engaging and innovative out of them - and that's something Nolan unquestionably does.
A lot of talk but Leonardo has this way of making everything sound so real, really enjoyed it...
WOW!! Never thought I'd elicit so many passionate personal attacks with a simple negative critique of a movie. Regardless, as I said ... the premise is interesting, the director has a good track record and DiCaprio is one of today’s best actors, but Inception is nothing but action-film-type chases, shootouts, and mundane – seen it before FX used as filler that despoiled the INTELLECTUAL Sci Fi concept. Now all you pseudo deep thinkers with such great analytical brains... tell me scenes and plot lines that make Inception so different from a typical James Bond movie. Ps. I’d never hire the bad guys to protect me. 1000’s of rounds from automatic weapons and only one hit. But DiCaprio’s team can shoot a hand gun without looking and take out an army of assailants. Moronic movie making!
let us know when you have your blockbuster ready; you obviously know how not to make one...
Certainly one of the best movies so far this year! Powerful, original . . . loved it and would see again.
Saw it today. A very good film, but work for the audience. You need to put your thinking cap on and stay sharply focused for a very long time to catch everything. Very involved! A cast of great actors (some surprises) doing their thing. Well worth watching on the big screen the first time around for the great effects and locations. I am going to need to see it again to catch whatever I missed. I'm betting I missed a lot. hew...
Awesome movie...love the concept. Superb acting. Still got me thinking....
Amazing movie! Totally 'out of the box' thinking! Maybe those that don't like it prefer to have plot lines laid out for them like a paint-by-number kit. But this film requires the viewer to actually allow yourself to believe that you're in a new kind of reality.....and perhaps it's asking a bit much for the crayola crowd.
Saw it, and "Inception" didn't speak to me. I really wanted to like it. The special effects are spectacular, but the story is full of holes, The bit about Leo not being able to see his kids because he can't go back to the US? Then why doesn't sweet grandpa fly them to to Paris or wherever Leo's holed up?
The concept of the film doesn't fly because you can't affect dreams, not your own, not anyone elses.
Since a smart PR campaign has more or less hynotized people into thinking they have to see this film, a sequel is inevitable.
You know life is full of holes, that's what makes it interesting. I think certain people like everything spelled out for them, neatly on a platter. The story is about a man struggling to let go of his wife and trying desperately to get back to his kids...the rest is just fun. Let me know when you have a fool proof plot.
Biggest disappointment so far this year. If you decide to go see it, don't invest in a bag of popcorn. extra expense is just not worth it.
Clever plot idea, but the presentation is, well, unpresentable. Clearly, many people in three piece suits sat around for hours asking "OK, nice scene, how can we crank up the CGI" and "will this CGI really sizzle in 3D" As the viewer, you find yourself watching and thinking not only "Oh, look! The whole city just turned upside down" but, more importantly "Why the heck did the city turn upside down?" Incredible graphics but they simply pop in and out like the ballet in a French opera.
Wait for it to show up on TV.
It gave me a panic attack it was so damn good.
Saw it yesterday, and then read up on the making of. Apparently Nolan spent eight years on the concept and script before actually producing it, and it shows. If only every movie director was willing to spend this much effort on their craft. Too many movies these days are just about the moneymaking.
Nolans 2nd best movie.
Looking back, I thought the subplot underdeveloped and weak, and I still have questions about some things during deep dream-states, but overall I found it mesmerizing and fascinating and is a film I will probably watch over and over. Think of "What Dreams May Come" crossed with Star Trek's episode "The Cage." Excellent!
I'm trying to picture the sort of person that would find this film 'too confusing,' and it is proving difficult. Nolan basically wasted Ellen Page's talents in order to use her exclusively as exposition bait, having her entire role completely center around asking Leo to explain to the audience exactly what was happening throughout the entire movie. The complexity of the plot combined with the need for clarity and pacing likely formed a difficult tightrope to walk, and Nolan does so wonderfully. It's not going to change your life, but Inception was an exciting and memorable ride.
I will see it again for sure, that's how good it is. It is really good!
I have not liked Leonardo for some time but the past few movies he has demonstrated excellent acting abilities, accents and stage presence. Inception just adds to that list. EXCELLENT movie, concept,executionediting and special effects.... Kudos to you Leonardo and the rest of the cast...movies should entertain and provoke thought/communication...Inception did that.
If only my dreams could be that thought provoking.... but tonight I will just sink back into that same old Amazonian Female tribe worshipping me as a God of Pleasure dream...ho hum....LOL... yes I know, in my wildest dreams I wish.
i would like to see it, but catching movies on opening weekend can be a real drag sometimes
it seems like people in theaters are far more obnoxious than they have ever been in the past
I've seen it twice already. This film requires a long attention span and you must be able to process the rules of the dream world quickly to follow the narrative. With that said, this movie is nothing short of brilliant. It requires the audience to think and you are left to come to your own conclusions. That's not very common in movies. The action sequences in the hotel alone are worth the price of admission. I just can't believe someone could say this is a boring movie. I watched the audience during my second viewing and everyone was on the edge of their seat. In both viewings everyone was laughing, ooh and ahhing. So, go see it, but as soon as it starts turn on your attention. This isn't the kind of movie you can have a potty break and come back and know what is going on.
This was one of the best movies I have ever seen!
Okay I will try to put down a useful review. This is an excellent movie. The plot line is not wholly original (numerous people have pointed to previous movie that make use of similar ideas – Dreamscape, Nightmare on Elm Street, The Matrix, The Cell, etc. etc.) but that said it is an incredibly well done and well realized version of this idea. The set up is well thought out, it makes use of some clever tropes and it does have a number of literary and psychological points. Is it incredibly deep? No. The basic concept has been around for thousands of years (read Chaung Tzu the Chinese Taoist philosopher and you will get the basic idea of the movie). But it is still miles above the average Hollywood film and especially the average summer blockbuster.
The action sequences are strong but not overbearing (in contrast to say the 2nd and 3rd Matrix films) and some of the effects will make your eyes widen in wonder. The acting ranges from solid to Oscar worthy, the music and sound is truly worthy of an award and the sets are wonderfully fantastic and beautiful. The plot does a great job at hinting at multiple ideas of what is really happening (I don't believe any of them to be more "true" than any other). I could easily construct an argument that what we are watching is Cobb's dream, Saito's dream, reality or some combination of all of the above.
It is a really fun movie if you like to go out for a drink with friends after seeing a movie and chat about what you just saw and debate a film. I will see it more than once in the theater which I have not done since... wow... I guess The Dark Knight. Well, there ya go – obviously I am a Christopher Nolan fan.
I loved this movie. It was like Matrix and Avatar. Completely different and it really left me thinking about if any of it was real at the end or not. Would recommend this movie to anyone who likes action and mysteries.
Taking my husband to see it this afternoon....I can't wait!
Great movie, there were some pre-teens behind us in the theatre and they all hated it repeatedly saying how confused they were. That made me laugh as I enjoyed this fun and fast-paced romp. If you went in with no expectations and a semblance of an intellect, you probably were thrilled and still challenged to keep pace with the events. If you came in expecting a bubble-gum action pic, you got disapointed and I am glad you did, wait for the next Transformers movie. This movie required patience and thought to follow so if you hated it you probably don't posess those qualites. I thought it was an inventive and well resolved plot, Yes, the ending leaves you guessing if it too was a dream, but that's what the Director wanted to do. At least respect Nolan had a vision for his film. I find it interesting that in the final level with the partial repeated opening scene that Saito was very old. This means he lived a long time in the dream, trapped and waiting for Cobb to find him. And when he was asking Cobb if he was going to kill him he was actually saying are you going to rescue me now? I find that revelation to be chilling and very effective. This one is well worth repeated viewings and I am going to be waiting for the blu-ray with great anticipation!
I was a bit disappointed…I think Nolan best works are the ones that he did with his brother Jonathan. Not a good casting, Ellen Page is ok for a movie like Juno, but for something like this? Sorry I have my doubts. DiCaprio is as plain as he can be. He is a good actor, but repeating himself a little too much (almost identical as the character in Shuttle Island). Art direction is kind of funny; this guy obviously likes everything about Asian culture to the extent that he is also repeating himself (In the snow scenes, wasn’t that the same fortress that appears in Batman Begins???). The scenes of the mountains look to me like a Bond movie, nothing new there and I never had the impression that they were in a dream…last but not less I think the photography was not at the level of what this movie is suppose to be. In general, a very anticipated movie, entertained but too long from a director that is in vogue. I don’t think this is a masterpiece or the best Nolan movie, not even his most original…Memento probably is, and as I said with the help of his brother Jonathan…
Ellen Page is a cutie. I want her to be my girlfriend.
The people who couldn't follow this movie are, more likely than not, the kinds of people who are really distracted at films and do things like text, talk and move around a lot in the theater. The first hour or so of the film, minus the thrilling South American chase, are full-on exposition. The only way to truly comprehend the film is to pay rapt attention from start to finish. It's not needlessly complicated as long as you're willing to listen to what the film tries to tell you.
That being said, I was really excited for Inception though I've only seen Nolan's two most recent films (I own Memento and Batman Begins but haven't viewed them yet) and came out enthralled. Great action sequences (the zero-G elevator scene and rotating hotel fight are two of the most impressive shots I've ever seen as well as the early shot in Adriadne's mind with the mirrors (a Contact mindfudge for the next generation) made it good. Incredibly nuanced and impressive acting from Dicaprio, Cotillard, and Page made it great. And the themes and ideas of dreams versus reality made it more than that. In what seems like a very weak year for films so far, Inception is an early front-runner for Best Picture.
Why would I go see a movie that people would use to try and twist my mind based upon the methodology of the story? Inception is going to put more people on medication and in the nuthouse or in jail than any other moive that has been seen on the big screen.
I saw it, and comparisons to the Matrix? How about Scanners and Dark City? I am not a fan of Leo, and even this film seems to have been written for Nolan's pal Christian Bale (think The Prestige), but Leo nails it. He did a great job. Also
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the glue that holds it all together, his best acting since Manic. Ellen Page's character could have been played by anyone. In fact should have been recast, she's one dimensional and is the weak although likely the right height when compared to the other actors. Like Nolan's Memento, it requires a couple of watches to catch it all. Only one very glaring error that I found in this film as it relates to the elevator. But it is a dream, or is it?
I liked this movie when it was called the Matrix. Same concept, NOT "cut from new cloth". The movie is OK. Not spectacular.
My guess is that you didn't see it and you are just commenting on what you have heard. Not even remotely close to The Matrix in any way, except for some slow motion special effects that in many cases were not CGI here, they were shot using intricate sets. Comparing this to the Matrix (or Oceans 11 as someone else did, humorous), is not the same as comparing Pocahontas to Avatar or Dances With Wolves, which were all pretty much identical in plot. Again, think Dark City, Scanners and even Blade Runner as influences, but highly original.
@Chicago, you are absolutely right. This movie requires thought and that's what a lot of people lack. We want things to be obvious to us. I loved it and I left there thinking. A must see for people with intelligence.
"Clunky and Confusing" maybe for a child. Finally a movie that requires a little thinking and that is entertaining to watch. People are getting lazy at watching movies, just like everything else.
This movie plays with some interesting ideas. I find it hard not to be impressed by the director when you hear about his many years of musing, thinking and writing over this movie. The entire topic of dreams is not unique because we experience it every night, however that doesn't make the concept of the movie completely normal. Nothing in itself is entirely creative and the director was playing off of something that we all experience. Personally, I loved the movie. I loved that it played with an alter reality that we ourselves as people experience but cannot explain. He opened the door and push the limits slightly, and yes, of course, it was not entirely believeable, but whose to say some of what wasn't presented wasn't thought worthy afterward.
I also enjoyed the depth into the characters the director pursued. The topics at hand, Leonardo with his wife and the guilt and fears there, and Fischer Jr, with his daddy issues and insecurities. All topics which most people face, and the way they showed these things develop were in a sense, real, as in many people deal with guilt for things they do or say, and problems with their parents and empires.
Overall I liked it, although sometimes I felt the continuity wasn't perfect, I enjoyed it a lot :)
How come in Leo's long career, no body point out that Leo may not be a professional actor at all?
I was disappointing even with having no expectations going in. I thought it was predictable, especially the end. They explained the same concepts over and over and I kept thinking "really? I got it the first time" It was a decent movie but could easily have been 30 minutes shorter.
Thought I was watching "Shutter Island" all over again. How could this be??? Too close of a match..............
Read your response after submitted my reactions and had the same Shutter Island flashback. Maybe DiCapprio can make the same movie again in 2011.
This isn't a spectacular or horrendous movie–it's really just a good action movie that pretends to be an intellectual thriller. if you go in expecting an action movie, with all the caveats that generally go along with that, you'll not only be pleased but pleasantly surprised.
If you're looking for an intellectual mind game, look elsewhere. This movie is no Memento.
Memento was a true thriller, in every sense. Inception is a science fiction film, not apples to apples. Nolan's Prestige was more suspenseful in plot twists than Memento (which was a backward telling of a forward moving story, not a flashback like so many others) and his new film blows them both away. Sure the foreshadowing is a bit annoying but it's really not foreshadowing in the context of this film because, if you've seen it, the results can change at any given turn if one changes their mind, or can they be? I guess it depends on who's mind is making the changes or if the entire plot was set in stone from the get go. And nothing like Shutter Island, not one thing.
Nolan gets better with each flick, hopefully the next Batman doesn't get hosed up with too many stars.
As I came out of the movie, everyone was talking excitedly about how good it was...but I just felt a let down. It felt like it tried to pack too much into too little time with a flimsy concept that wasn't ever well explained. Instead of spending hours ruminating on the concept and implications like I expected to, I left with a sense of chaos and feeling it didn't quite live up to expectations.
It's not a bad movie–certainly worth seeing–but the best way I can explain my impression is that I'd need to see it again to fully appreciate the concept, but I'm not sure I'd want to.
it seems like people who didn't like the movie found it too confusing, it just means they're too dumb to follow the plot. Go watch michael bay movies instead then!!!!
Inception is by farrrrrrr the best movie of the year and possibly best of the decade. It's definately worth your money, don't miss out, go seeeee it!
saw this yesterday. i would say it is movie making at its ultimate best. you cannot expect a better movie this summer.
I LOVED this movie! So far, it's one of the best I've seen this year. Yes, you have to keep up with the multiple dream levels, which really isn't that hard–it certainly doesn't require a PhD. (If you're looking for a disappointingly brainless movie, watch Predators.) And as far as the concept of planting an idea into that guy's head, wasn't the point that it had to be simple and emotionally based? And I certainly won't argue over its originality. I haven't seen every single film ever made, so I'm hardly an expert. Bottom line: it's different from anything else I've seen in a long while, and it was highly entertaining. Solid A, 4/4 Stars, 2 Thumbs Up!
I just saw it last night and it was good a little long to get started but once it took off it took off with multiple plays of reality, it was kinda like Shutter Island. My partner didn't like it due to the deepness of it but truly great non the less. It will probably be one of the top 3 in the box offices this weekend
Incomprehensible. My head is still hurting from trying to figure it out. Another case of viewers afraid to admit "the emperor has no clothes." If Chris Nolan didn't have the track record he has, I doubt any studio would have green-lighted this film. Honestly, can you just imagine the pitch meeting..."OK, there's this guy who can inhabit dreams. On multiple levels. And he brings his friends along. Toss in some shooting and car crashes for the teen boys." Yeah, right.
Agreed. "Emperors new clothes" is a great analogy for this. Not worth the hype and very half-baked.
The film definitely sticks with you. Without trying to read too much into its intricacies and plot, I'll instead say that it completely takes you someplace else for 2+ hours and sends you on a roller coaster in a place you want more of after it's done. That is a summer movie at its very best, in my opinion.
We loved the film for many of the same reasons others have posted, but I thought I'd mention its total success as a piece of awesome escapism. If you like Nolan's other work (Batman Begins/Dark Knight, Prestige, Memento) or movies like The Matrix, Dark City or maybe even Jacob's Ladder then you get the idea of what's in store. I see more moviegoers loving this film than not. Whoever said Ocean's 11 meets the Matrix cracked me up – that's not a bad generalization.
Saw it last night and my brain still hurts.
Great movie with great effects, a sick script and a gripping soundtrack.
And the sound tracks by Hans Zimmer are Intoxicating.(My favorite is the last track "TIme"
Much respect to one of the greatest musical artist of our time Hans Zimmer, We are witnessing greatness we just wont realize it for years to come.
Totally agree. The score is just fantastic. It goes so well with the with all the parts in the movie. I would def catch myself just getting pulled into the certain scenes because the music was so intense. Hans Zimmer is great at what he does, he adds a fourth demension to the movies. The score in this is very comparable to The Dark Knight.
I loved Inception. I am very picky and generally hate big-budget action movies, and I walked out raving to my husband that I loved this movie. This is what going to the movies should be about – being thoroughly entertained, intrigued, engaged, challenged, and excited. I also enjoyed Shutter Island. If these movies are the kind of thing that make you hate cinema, then you should be arming yourself to go kill Tyler Perry and Nic Cage. It's mindless drivel like that that actually earns some of the angst people are writing about here.
I saw it last night! It is AMAZING, made a lot of sense to me although it is very complex. Like the matrix you have to watch it a few times to get a grasp the amount of messages within the movie. It is action packed and you cant take a break from the screen. Its almost 2 1/2 hours long but it flies through on the theather. I highly recommended dont get there late like I usually do. LOL This time I did watch the previews. Once thing I did find funny its at the end of the movie, it leaves you hanging like shutter island and the entire audience went (Sigh) and a big NOOOOOOOOO! so funny cause the end can go either way. Loved it!
It was soooooooo good! Go see it right now!
Fine everyone either hated it or loved it. Now lets discuss the ending, was he in reality or was he still dreaming?
Here's my theory on the "he's still dreaming at the end". If you remember, when they first met the chemist and he took them to the basement where like 12 people were dreaming, Cobb stated "let me try your concoction" (paraphrase). He then had a couple of short intense snippets with the wifey, 'woke up', went to the bathroom and spun the top to make sure he was in reality, but it fell to the ground when he was startled by Saito (thus we never get to see if he is out of the dream from that point). The next time we saw him spin the top to determine reality was at the end and it only wobbled.
So it is quite possible from that point on he was in a dream state (in the basement of the chemist), and still is in the basement of the chemist. His wife died in the dream at the end, and he finally grieved her and let her go, so if it was a dream at the end, he wouldn't see the wife which would obviously tip him off that he was in a dream.
The top did begin to wobble before it cut to black, but it didn't fall. I think he was in a dream state (since being in the basement at the chemists) and Cobb was the real 'mark' as his compatriates set an elaborate inception in Cobb to make him believe he was back home with his kids (as they knew he was horribly vexed by never being able to see them again).
So the inception was with Cobb not with the other guy (with the daddy complex) and as the movie ended we leave Cobb in limbo believing he is in the real world reunited with his family. Just an alternate thought. :)
I would have to say he was in reality. His father was there with him, and his father was never in any of his memories or dreams with his kid and that house. The only time we ever see his father in the whole film is when he talks to him about getting a new architecht and at the end.
Also, in the dreams when the top is spun, it spins perfectly. I think at the end when he spun the top, Nolan extended the amount of time that the top spun perfectly but right at the end you see a very distinct wobble. So I def think it was going down. But thats why Nolan is awesome, keeps you guessing. If you havent seen it, check out the prestige.
A counter theory: Everything is real until the moment they fall asleep on the plane. Cobb follows the dreams all the way to the deepest levels of his own subconscious, there he losses track of reality and accepts the dream. He abandons the top in the same way his wife did. The top was never truly his totem anyway, it was his wife's. I think his totem may have been the faces of his children. Certainly a complex and interesting film, and I think it takes a certain kind of person to enjoy it. Everyone else will be bored or confused.
Thanks for the reviews everyone. Looking so forward to seeing this movie and actually be engaged and entertained. How often do you get that from the cr@p that Hollywood usually puts out.
It looks like a very STYLISH film so I might just have to.
This quite possibly will rank up there is at one of the best movies of all time once all is said and done. As far as it's critics go, they just want to be the guy who hated the best movie and had the loudest voice doing so. They think it will advance their own career somehow.
Completely disagree. While an interesting idea, it was too much of a mindless action movie to be the intellectual movie it tried to be. Perhaps if Nolan and slowed it down a little and developed his ideas more it would have worked, but it felt off. Classic case of a movie attempting to be and do too much.
The days of high quality movies and acting are well behind us. The graphic arts and computer based special effects groups are taking over, and computers make movies, not great directors, actors, and scripts.
An over-hyped, pretentious bit of claptrap with all the originality and depth of the average one-hour SF television show.
As each scene unfolded, all I could think was "Yup .. stole that from
I suppose an underdeveloped twelve year old mind might enjoy the half-baked science, the whiz-bang SFX and the dialogue and scene development that passes for a "plot," but anyone who has actually BEEN to the movies without Mommy will find this a waste of time and money.
Wrong. Very good movie. I would say 4 out 5 stars. Chris Nolan is an awesome director. Pay no attention to this post
Being who I am and very technically savvy, I tend to see films way before they come out. For example, I watched Vampire Sucks about 3 weeks ago, it came out yesterday. With Inception I watched this last week and I found it exciting, something to break the old story lines of films these days. Of course the driving forces are always money, power and the need to get home, but all and all really enjoyed it. I will now put my 2 cents in for Ryan Reynolds becoming Green Lantern because no one on this planet could fill that outfit better than he could. (Sorry Brad Pitt, I have seen your sunbathing photo's.) If ever there is a film you want to know about before it's release, just email me. u u n i o @ yahoo . com
Absolutely a must-see. Just got back from the screening, and all of us thought the movie was a masterpiece. Chris Nolan is brilliant. For people yet to watch it, make sure you follow everything closely otherwise you can loose track of the concept and end up not understanding the movie at all.
Outstanding movie. Go see it.
I've seen the film twice. It's the smartest contemporary film to be made in at least the last 10 years. Everything from the film's ideas, plot, and technical filmmaking are well executed and make Inception a truly unique and thrilling ride. The people who disregard this film probably just don't get it... Some movies actually expect the viewer to have half a brain to figure things out instead of spelling EVERYTHING out.... Prince of Persia anyone?
I feel like the people who hate it so vehemently that they're posting about it on a CNN blog didn't understand the movie at all, and believe that the confusion is the fault of the movie, not their own weak intellects.
Inception was a great movie, but I thought it wasn't particularly hard to follow: in the end, everything ties itself up extremely neatly. My group of friends had been planning to discuss the movie afterwards, but we just couldn't think of anything to say that hadn't been thoroughly explained by the movie already.
Barring that, the trolls are probably are employed by a rival film studio, or even employed by Inception's own studio to drum up controversy and commentary from fans.
It's not as deep and complex as you think it is, KB. And if there was still anybody that still wasn't "getting it", Nolan provided lines upon lines of expository dialogue. What exactly did we "get" though? A lesson in Psych 101 during a Grand Theft Auto game. C'mon, an elevator to the basement of his subconscious? If the human mind were only that simple. This movie was essentially a sequel to another overwrought psychological thriller, "Shutter Island". Why so serious, Leo?
It's ok...Chris lacks imagination.' An elevator to his subconscious..that's not real! WAAAA!!'...some people will say anything to have their opinion supersede all others.
The movie was brilliant. Its one of the very few movies these days that has both a great storyline and amazing effects. I was skeptical to see if it was was gonna live up to the hype created , at the end it did. For me it ranks with my favorite movies V for vendetta and vantage point makes you think, not just blowing things up.
I haven't seen the movie yet. I won't until the bootleg hits the street.
(Don't flame me. I live in Kuwait. If I don't want to see movies censored to Islamic standards, I gotta get the bootleg.)
Anyway, in this long list cheers and boos I found about three helpful critiques.
Whether you loved it or hated it, that's fine. But use your brain a little to say why.
"It sucked and I fell asleep."
That is a reflection on you, not the movie.
"It was the best movie ever and I want to have Leo's baby."
Best of luck with that.
But tell me what impressed you with the film.
If you loved the movie and someone else didn't, it doesn't (necessarily) mean you are more clever or deep.
If you hated the movie and someone else didn't, it doesn't (necessarily) mean you are more honest or they are a "shill".
Thank you for participating in my rant.
As a previous poster said about another comment. I wish I could indicate "Like" for this comment.
Why can we not just let people post opinions without insulting them? It's their own personal preference, so how can it be "right" or "wrong" to like/dislike this film? Why do we have to resort to third grade name calling? Hating the film doesn't make you stupid. Liking it doesn't make you a shill. For cripe's sake people these are OPINIONS on a piece of pop culture.
I like a good movie, and I *particularly* like a good movie that breaks away from the cookie-cutter mold, and goes to inventive and interesting places. Inception is that kind of good movie. Too bad there's so few like it.
This is hilarious. Several of the people here have already noted what this all boils down to.
If you make a movie so complex and complicated that only intelligent people can grasp the concept and plot, there are going to be a lot of empty theaters across the nation. In America, at least!
So what's the key?
Confuse the audience as much as possible and make them feel like they understand it. Then you've got a hit on your hands.
All of the pseudo philosophers and armchair intellects will tell you how complex the plot is and how only 'intelligent' people can grasp the whole idea. And that if you don't get it, clearly you're not on an intellectual level that will allow you to grasp the complicated subtext or plot twist.
The studio would have never financed a film that requires an intelligent audience. Ever. Because those movies don't make money.
BUT if you can make a movie and make the audience FEEL smart and intelligent (basically just confuse them to get that response) then you might have Hollywood gold on your hands.
Anytime you can take people of average intelligence and make them feel 'smart,' you're golden in the U.S.
This movie is excellent, if you like movies that keep you on the edge without needing to figure out what is happening.
It’s like (and certainly no better than) Iron Man 2: the story doesn’t make sense, but you don't really care because you like the action; and the previews are more impressive than the actual movie.
Roger Ebert (who gave it a 4/4 btw) said it best: "[Inception is] structured with action movie basics so it feels like it makes more sense than (quite possibly) it does."
And maybe it's futile to convince the raving fanatics that the plot is incomprehensible. After all, It takes an intelligent person to figure out that something does not make sense; And you surely can’t convince a fool that something that he does not understand doesn't make sense.
All of the positive reviews here seem to be fueled by pseudo-philosophical pop culture, claiming mysterious "implications" of the movie, when the only implication (that dreams and reality are indistinguishable) is a cliche. If you disagree please explain this first: dream time sync when you're inside another person's dream.
First off, this is to the nay-sayers that imply the movie is garbage or hard to follow. If you paid attention you would've easily grasped the multi-layered concepts of the dreams within dreams. I myself have had these kind of dreams which may have made it easier for me to follow the movie.
I just don't see what's so hard to understand or follow throughout the plot. There may be a few questions as to how "exactliy" you sync and share dreams, or what level of dream they were at when the Asian guy was old and found, but the main premise of the movie is actually quite simple. Just like the matrix, the real world is actually the one created by your mind (or at least can easily be interpreted as such).
A few comments on here were wondering what the elevator of the dreams represented for Cobb. If you paid attention to the numbers in the elevator you would see that the higher the floor in the elevator the more desirable and simple the "memories" or dreams were. On level 12 they were at the beach enjoying the ocean and sand. The farther down you went (hence the basement) is where the deepest and darkest/most angry "projections" were.
I would love to address all of the questions because there really are simple explanations if you followed the clues and metaphors in the movie, but maybe you just have to watch the movie again and pay attention. All of those saying it was complex... I have to disagree. The concept definately was not complex.
The only complexity was the layered use of the dream within a dream idea and keeping up with what was happening at what time and in which dream. If you keep in mind that the faster your mind works in the dream, the slower time goes then it all makes sense that the deeper level of the dream you go to, the slower time becomes, allowing the characters to grow older in a short amount of (real) time.
You definately do NOT need to be a genious to follow or appreciate this film. You just have to be able to pay attention and keep a memory of a scene in your head long enough to experience a new one, and possibly another one, then return to the first. If you have ADD or a short attention span then you may indeed think this movie makes no sense and is horrible. Other than that you should be able to follow the concepts and enjoy every minute of the thrill ride.
Eh I'de have to disagree, I'm not a genius but I'm pretty intelligent, and I didn't need a bunch of jargon and psuedo intellectual ideas to make me understand the movie. It just wasnt that hard to understand, I noticed alot fo the peoplewho didnt understand it that I saw it with were people who either a. went to the bathroom b.)were texting the whole friggin time or c.) were too busy talking to the person next to them. Everyone who just sat down and watch the movie end to end had no problem following it. I'm not a Leo superfan and I thought he did well...very shutter island kind of performance but stil good. And the two bright spots in Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Ellen Page made me feel good about the acting talent emerging in Hollywood. Levitt's breakout has been a long time coming and i'm glad he is finally doing his thing. But yea thats totally False, at least in this case, i agree with your theory in some other aspect and I don't disagree that directors on occasion will do that. But it was a great film and the effects were great because they seemed real. But the story was not hard to follow as long as you did what you are supposed to do in movie: sit down, shut up, turn off your phone and watch the dame movie
I'm kind of blown away by the people bashing it so hard- you don't have to like the movie, it doesn't have to be to your tastes, but it seems like you would have to go out of your way to hate it as much as some people in these comments do.
As for me, I loved it. It hit the sweet spot for me where it feels sleek, engaging and creative. I'm not usually a fan of blockbusters, but this works well. If I had to use a "two movies having a baby" analogy, I would say its The Dark Knight meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Perhaps Nolan is a fan of Gondry's work, and that's good news for my tastes.
Sorry but this is one of the best, most original, incredibly unique films you will ever see. If you leave this movie and say you did not like it, sorry but simply you missed something. The movie does, yes require your full attention, which is something I think a viewer should admire. Especially in this summer with all of the garbage, recycled films that have been released. In the end if you follow and engage yourself in the film, A. you will completely understand it ( it is not that hard to follow) B. you will be greatly awarded for doing so. I do not know what else to say, but I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Must have been too complicated for David Edelstein to follow. What a dimwit...
great movie...attention getter right from the start and never lets go...great concept. And all of you who say it is a horrible idea...just look at the research being done on dreams and you will see this idea is not so far fetched as you might think.
It seems the dumb people are saying it sucked and the smarter people are saying it was brilliant... that bodes well for the film, think I'll take in a midnight show...
just back from seeing it. we had a great time and went out to dinner afterward and kept talking about it. the plot is multi-layers but not that difficult to follow. there are some things you wonder about in retrospect, but the scenes are flying by and after the first third of the movie it really seems to zip by. interesting, entertaining, great cast, good action/effects, and a suspenseful score. Don't read the spoilers and go see it; you'll have a good time.
here's the review I just posted at rotten tomatoes:
Innovative, visually stunning, and complex enough to keep you thinking well after it ends, Inception is a worthy of the ticket price and a refreshing original film in an era of retreads. I would never have thought that "Shutter Island", "Ocean's 13", "The Matrix" and your favorite massive multiplayer video game could be squashed into one film, but Batman director Chris Nolan appears to have done it. The film is a labyrinth in its own right, and perhaps this is why there are a couple of awkward "so you're saying..." moments in the film, in which characters attempt to explain the multi-level madness in summary so we can all keep up. But the film moves forward quickly like a proper action movie should. Kudos to Nolan for avoiding most dream cliches and going with a more realistic background, allowing us to concentrate on the story and the film's fascinating logic. Cast is well chosen, though DiCaprio seems to operate within the range of his "Shutter Island" character – it works here, but felt a bit familiar. Ellen Page is a particular bright spot as the curious architecture student who messes with Paris.
awesome original had me thinking about it for hours after the movie
I hope to see it the next week or so. Everything I hear about it from Ebert to others is that it is a movie that wraps enigma within enigma and does it very very well. That is a kind of movie that fascinates or repulses. Generally it fascinates me.
yo Otis...u do understand that ur the one coming as a somebody who was paid to talk crap about this movie right? ok...i get it that u dont like the movie. but u dont have to talk s@#$ about those who do. anyway...this movie is awesome.
Otis, with all your whining and diligent posts, how do we know you were not paid by some rival studio to bash this movie eh?
I just came back from seeing it and it was absolutely Amazing compared to all the other so called summer blockbusters. I will need to see it again to start pointing out flaws, but for seeing it on its first run through, it was done very well.
At first it was confusing, but then my mind spun with ideas that linked many of the sequences together. The acting in this movie was not over the top and was pretty believable. Sure one may say that all the actual characters were druggies on some kind of hallucinogen and sharing dreams because they may have all been high or something, but nevertheless, the way the act was portrayed made the movie awesome. I liked the concept that was presented to me through the film and it made me wonder about my own dreams and the implications of them.
I admit that the movie got really really mind numbingly creepy at some points and made me wonder if the projections in the film were looking at me as opposed to leonardo Di Caprio, and I also wonder why the Architect's piece was never used to assist her after the movie spent about 5 to 10 minutes to bother to explain the significance of such an object.
the action and CG sequences of the movie was spectacular and not simply run of the mill action. There was actually a sense of urgency brought upon by good scene cuts, shifts, the music, and of course the lighting.
loved it! perfect mix between action movie and psychological thriller. if you're expecting to have your life view profoundly changed, you will be disappointed, but if you're looking for a thinking-man's action movie, this is it. definitely worth the money to see it in the theatre as it is very visually exciting.
Perfect description. It is a good balance between action and sci-fi / thriller.
I love when people say, "It's the worst ever, don't waste your money!" The amount of depth and perception it took to write a comment like that is exactly why you wouldn't like it. I have been debating on whether to waste my money at the theater or wait until the DVD. That comment has solidified my desire to waste my money. Come on $10 snacks!
I just came back from this movie, came out of theater with a headache. However it really got me thinking if my life was real or I was in a dream world and may be my real self is somewhere else. Any movie that makes u think, I call it a good movie. It was a bit long. First 2 hrs were great, boring in some parts and climax just like shutter island..
Awesome movie. Really makes u think, which is rare in today's movie industry.
Saw the movie today in IMAX. I wasn't really impressed. The basic story line was interesting but it has a somewhat slow and confusing start. Once the movie gets going it's also hard to follow. It does, however, have some good graphics and lots of shoot-em-up/chase-em-around type of scenes if that's your thing.
But, all in all, I found it somewhat boring. I can't really recommend it, especially at the IMAX prices.
Inception was great. Don't listen to Otis and some of the other naysayer tools around here. Likely, they lack the intelligence to comprehend something like it and clearly lack the tact to accept the fact many did enjoy it.
Wow! Just got in from seeing it and it is definitely the best movie I have seen this year. At first I thought it was starting slow but it was just the build up for the last hour. The story line was amazing and the actors did an incredible job. The way everything came together at the end was perfect – a dream within a dream within a dream...leaving the watcher to ponder his own reality.
I would agree with the poster who recommended using the bathroom before sitting down. Once the movie starts going it is definitely a rollercoaster and the plot is pretty complex – you don't need a script to follow it but you will be on the edge of your seat and you won't want to miss a second of it.
Awesome movie, Amazing on so many "Different Levels"!!!! Not a huge DiCaprio fan, but was really good in this, and What can I say about Christopher Nolan except that he is a Master of the Motion Picture, CGI wasn't great, but the whole Idea behind this movie is truly fascinating. Bravo Mr. Nolan!!!!
Who is this Otis yob trying to influence his disdain for this movie? All I see is rave reviews of the film and intermittent 'Otis'-related comments trashing the movie. Why don't you go to the pub or something and stop being a troll? You remind me of the Tea Party.
I saw Inception tonight at an IMAX theater (highly recommend seeing it at an IMAX theater) – way better than an ordinary theater... honestly, it was the best movie I have seen thus far. The suspense, action, storyline and actors were well played out. It was amazing how everything molded together. The director did a fantastic job.
The beginning was a bit of a, "oh god, this movie looks like it's going to suck"... but you quickly get involved and as you get more involved in the movie it draws you in and you're literally on the edge of your seat the entire time. I recommend you go to the bathroom beforehand because you do not want to close your eyes or miss any scenes from the movie as you could get lost if you miss a scene or two. Yes, the movie skips around, so you have to pay attention. IT'S A GREAT MOVIE, GO SEE IT – AND IF YOU DO SEE IT – PAY THE EXTRA $$ TO SEE IT AT AN IMAX THEATER. I promise, you will not be disappointed (unless you're a moron and you can't follow through an entire movie)
I thought it was EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!
Anyone who thinks this is "terrible" or "bad" obviously has no right to comment. Inception is one of the most brilliant films in decades. Perhaps you were unable to understand the multiple layers of the film. Maybe Transformers is better suited to your needs.
Pee first, then bring drinks and popcorn and glue on to your seat, you don't want to blink for the entire duration. Whooaaa!!! What a concept! You must watch this on the giant screen to enjoy this movie and come right back for the 2nd round! Leonardo – you're a mega star, mwahhh!!
This movie is so so awesome. Will probably become known as a classic. You have to pay attention though or you'll get lost.
Inception = incredibly ambitious masterpiece! WOW!
I wish I could like this comment.... Anyone who didn't like this movie is either too dumb to understand the implications of the movie, or just goes against things that suddenly become popular.. It was a amazingly original idea and the cinematography was ridiculous.
I JUST CAME FROM THE CINEMA.....THIS MOVIE IS VERY CONFUSING, IT STARTS FROM THE END....AND THEN EVERYTHING IS JUST LIKE A NIGHTMARE...IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE...FROM ONE TO 10 I WILL GIVE A 4 OR MAYBE A 5.
It's only confusing if you don't pay attention.
You got up for popcorn didn't you? LOL
I fell asleep about half way through and dreamed I was awake watching a brain numbing movie about people dreaming in their dreams. When I awoke I realized that I had actually watched a brain numbing movie about people dreaming in their dreams.
i liked it, and apparently i like the greatest movie and crap at the same time
Just got back, AMAZING MOVIE, I had great doubts before my friends dragged me to it but WOW, spectacular, there is no other way to put it, SEE THIS MOVIE
This movie gets a 10/10 ....and I can be picky... Leo did a great job. I love the layers of this movie...always keeps the action going and the special effects are great, but not too overdone. I love the ending it is tops!
I am going to see it tomorrow.
I doubt it is "best picture" material.
Cerebral movies get the Oscar, but Cerebral SciFi movies don't.
Absolutely wonderful film. It's imperative that you watch it with an amazing sound system, though. The score and sound is one of the best parts of the film, and the louder, the better. I really don't have anything negative to say other than the pacing being a little wonky. It moves from very fast action sequences to slower explanation and exposition on a dime.
For everyone mentioning the CGI, keep in mind that Nolan doesn't like CGI all that much. Almost all of the rotating sets (the hallway, the bar) were real sets built on a machine called a "gimbal." Joseph Gordon-Levitt was even willing to wear the harness and do his own stunts for the bigger scenes. Only solidifies how much work went into this film that paid off.
I highly recommend this movie. I saw it at the midnight screening and it was amazing.
probably the most entertaining movie i've seen in years.
it has it all, good plot, good acting, nice concept and great visuals.
It was a wonderful movie. I highly recommend it.
Oh my gosh – how easily people are duped by hype. This movie, while visually interesting is, at the level of the heart, utterly barren and cold. The deep messages that some folks discern – the son who may or may not be a disappointment to his father, the husband who can't let go of a wife who has died – are hackneyed cliches that the narrative does nothing to transcend. The whole "dream within a dream ..." trope is unoriginal and tortured to death. What a waste of time and money.
So what major big budget summer blockbuster did you enjoy? Why are you spending money on big budget movies when you know the only way they can be economically viable is to play to the lowest common denominator. It seems you are the one who has been duped.
This movie was incredible! If you like movies that keep you on the edge trying to figure out what will happen next, this is the movie for you. It was a rollercoaster ride! Those who say it was not original don't know crap! Go see it, you won't be dissapointed! I want to go see it again!
Already saw it and it was excellent.
DiCaprio is an extraordinary actor. The guy has been nominated for best actor at least 3 times in the past 10 years. This movie doesn't disappoint; DiCaprio never fails to seize his character.
I'll be going to see it next week.
He's never in any good movies, but I like Leo. He's a good actor, he just gets crap jobs.
Recently watched Shutter Island, and was terribly disappointed. Hopefully this one is good!
Really, Otis–You liked Shutter Island and are making fun of this movie. Just goes to show that you have the brain of child
Check out The Departed. Thats a great movie.
@A: I don't think I said I LIKED Shutter Island, I think I said Shutter Island was a much better DiCaprio movie than Inception which I found to be a boring mess. If you are going to make an ORIGINAL, INTELLIGENT movie, make it more cerebral and cut the dumb seen it before shoot outs, chase scenes and unimaginative FX. 2-1/4 hours of the 2-1/2 movie was filler!
@jlong: Agreed on Departed
pretentious crap...nolan is so full of himself...this is the kind of movie that makes stupid people think they're smart.
a dozen half-baked "dude, pass the spliff" ideas...plus a lot of incompetently staged action...(though the zero-gravity hotel sequence is cool...for, like, maybe the first 10 minutes!)
"inception" proves the adage: never give a director a pencil.
OP has never seen the film and never will yet still conjures up enough contrarianism to whine about something wonderful. Sad...
That is the dumbest adage I've ever heard.
Wow... what a fool
Here is my question, why do you go see a major hollywood summer blockbuster expecting to get something that plays on a Ph. D level? If someone spends 150 million to make a movie chances are its going to play at a high school level. Please give us an example of a high budget summer movie that you loved? Are there none? then why do you keep going? Maybe you should buy an iphone 4 too and hold it wrong.
I have to agree. This movie is interesting to watch, but the idea is NOT original. Most of the best CGI were in the commercials. The movie clearly has many scene shortened or cut altogether to fit and thus leave many story elements left out. This causes many to think they understood what was going on even when none can agree on what that plot was, and others simply enjoying the chaotic manner in which the story was told. I'm a member of MENSA and while I liked the movie (7 out of 10), I think the presentation, MUSIC, and editing of the previews was better than the movie as a whole. Made me think of The Dark Knight.... however, this isn't The Dark Knight and doesn't come close in the quality of the screenplay, the cinematography, or acting. I am betting that the DVD Director's cut will put back in what the studio's likely took out due to time constraints.
I am sure with your talents you could produce something much better LOL
Edelstein probably doesn;t understand the movie because he's a moron, the movie was original and i felt the performances were stellar. The plot was well-thought out and if you were paying attention you shouldnt have had a problem following the movie. The character development of Leonardo DiCaprio's character was done very well and it and as the movei went on you started to think more and more "what is Leo's character hiding?" The movie did what art is supposed to do, for me, as well as the dozen people i went to see it with, it inspired imagination,and ideas, the very thing foundation of the movie. The beauty as well as the danger of ideas.and the paranoia-envoking thought of someone being able to alter your ideas without you ever knowing. David Edelstein is probably one of those morons who thought Slumdog Millionaire was Oscar worthy. If this movie doesn't win any Oscar I will officially lose all respect for the Academy. The Cinematography, Special Effects, the screenplay, and director all deserve Oscar nods, hands down. i feel Leo did great and I like Joseph Gordon Levitt;s character. His performance made me hope that the rumors about Chris Nolan luring him into being the Riddler are true, I feel he would do great, he has the look as well as the chops. His image as a child/tween actor is finally being shed and he has definetely come a long way from Angels in the Outfield. Movie of the Year....hands down!
Phil, I agree...the plot structure was incredible. I really loved how Nolan teased us with Cobb's backstory, never giving us enough to figure out whether we should trust him or not.
I love how Nolan makes us question whether its a dream, or reality at the end, and then at the same time asking us does it really matter when you have your happiness, by showing Leo walk away from his spinning top to embrace his kids. Genius writing
as far as JGL, i thought he was good in the movie, and his action sequence was terrific...but Tom Hardy stole the show as far as supporting cast goes. All his little physical ticks, and vocal intonations...he nailed it. If anybody should be the villain it should be him.
Saw it last night. Hands down, the movie of the year...maybe even the greatest film the last couple of decades.
That's as overblown a statement as this movie is overwrought. Stupid people love movies that make them feel intelligent.
I liked the film quite a bit. I also agree wtih Chris in that this might be a film where people are giving themselves a little too much credit for understanding. Still a fun two hours but the Matrix had me thinking about it for a week and I don't think this will quite live up to that.
@ Chris "That's as overblown a statement as this movie is overwrought. Stupid people love movies that make them feel intelligent."
And arrogant, solipsistic intellectuals such as yourself feel compelled to waste their time with the "stupid people" on entertainment websites and voice their poo-pooing in order to appear more educated than the other mere mortals. I bet the character in Good Will Hunting, the Michael Bolton jerk, was based off of you, hypocrite!
whats the post on top abowt? imma watch this historical movie.
Ebert says it's so original... I see in the ads that it seems to take from "Dreamscape", "Dark City" and "Wanted". It also reminds me of the Russian films "Night Shift" and "Day Watch". Seriously, it's not THAT original ... But I'm still gonna see it because the CGI look fantastic and I want to see just what sort of twist they manage to the "invading someone's dreams" plot.
Hey Ak: Hope you are not as disappointed as we were. Terrible move and FX not that great either.
With dialogue at a minimum and theatrics at a maximum it was able to sell a rather complex idea very well. I liked it.
I was surprised that DiCaprio was in two psychological thrillers so close together. I do like his acting.
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forgot to mention... Don't Think Of The Elephant
great, now I am thinking of Elephants
Saw the midnight screening. Got home at 3:30 with a massive headache(not complaining at all), slept for 3 hours, and went to work. I can't stop thinking about it and its implications. It was THAT good. Very fast paced and more action packed than I had anticipated. I almost wish there was some breathing room in the scenes, because they moved so fast. The huge dream sequence in the 3rd act left me speechless, and the ending, devastated (assuming I interpreted it right).
Leo's performance was very intense, I hope he doesn't get shunned at the Oscars for this, even though he totally deserves it for Shutter Island, as well. The emotional punch he packed behind such a simple action as spinning a top had me in awe.
Tom Hardy stole damn near every scene he was in, and his acting talent reminded me of the late Heath Ledger, in the way his behavior was layered with so many rich nuances and physical idiosyncracies (Villain for Batman 3 anyone?).
The cinematography and set design was really unlike anything I've ever seen before. I loved the polished look of some of the interior set designs in this movie.
Despite being toted as a very grand-scale film, my impression was quite contrary. Because of the pace and tightness of the plot, the space of the movie felt very intimate, narrow (no negative connotation here), and closed off from the rest of the world, and I loved that. It made it seem like a high-octane psychological action Indie thriller.
I have too many thoughts about the movie and I can't keep up with them to type them all out. If I had to compare this movie to anything else I would say it's like Vertigo, Memento, Matrix, Bond, and Heat, all rolled into one, although remaining completely innovative and original at the same time. Definitely will be seeing it a couple more times over the next 2 weeks. Hope you all enjoyed it as much as I have.
Hey, you wrote a good little encapsulation. I just saw it and loved it (I'm not a Leo fan but thought he was really good here). Maybe not as much as you but you did a good job of explaining why this is a good movie. Doing something that complex but still suspending your belief for the duration is a pretty good trick. It will be the best movie I see this year.
Thanks for the review! I'm planning on seeing it tomorrow – possibly at an IMAX theater.
I agree man, went to the midnight showing and i'm still constantly replaying the movie in my head. I feel like only a fraction of people won't like this, because either they don't have an imagination at all, or they just couldn't comprehend what was happening.
@deviceofmind, not at all...the only people who will dislike this movie are those who rebel against popular opinion, for the sake of rebelling. They desperately hate to follow crowds, but in the end, you're still following the crowd because you base your opinion on their opinions. The Movie was AMAZING!!!
I saw it for the 2nd time last night, and my take on the ending shifted completely!!
I'm sorry, that reply was meant for Otis.
Tom Hardy is going to blow up soon, and he should have already. I can't wait to see him as Mad Max
Great top-line summary. This is by far the most original action drama since The Matrix, and needs to be seen by people of all ages and types (action violence, but nothing else to push its PG-13 rating). The contrast of each beautiful set, and the editing that pieced it all together, is magic for the eyes. It's complex, but never loses the audience (even though it's bound to confuse some dense folks). And the action sequences are like nothing ever seen before, in the same way the Matrix was. Many have tried to mimic the digital slo-mo, only to fall miserably on their CGI tails. Inception never tries to imitate, and continues to unveil new methods and techniques up until the last kick (you'll see). I was worried that the casting would detract from the experience, but every actor held their own and brought the story to life. I can't say enough about this movie, so I'll summarize by saying that everyone should run to their local theater this weekend to see it. And spend the extra few dollars to see it in IMAX. It's one of the few movies that deserves it.
I hope I do.
I saw it already it is awesome. Somewhat liek the matrix. You must follow closely. My son 15 liked it. Teens boys will love this. Very deep movie. A must see!! http://noahswebsites.com
It was Oceans 11 does Vanilla Sky. Entertaining but not wholly original. Still, one must go see for themselves.
This is the best film this summer. Its like Ocean's 11 and the Matrix had a baby, and that baby met the baby of Memento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and those two babies had a baby and that baby is Inception. If you couldn't follow the levels of babies in the explanation the rabbit hole that Inception presents may go down too deep for you. For the rest of us its a great ride that actually keeps you entertained for 2+ hours with just enough romance and laughs thrown in to satisfy all audiences. (but not enough to take it away. ) Joseph Gordon Levitt is turning into one of Hollywood's best young actors and this will only elevate his profile. Christopher Nolan delivers yet another hit.
Inception is the best movie of the year and possibly the best movie of the decade. It's refreshing to see someone taking a risk on an original story rather than simply regurgitating an old one.
It was the best movie I've ever seen and well worth the 10 dollars I spent to see the movie. The movie shows you why we go to movies in the first place. Don't listen to Carol.
for some reason it reminds me of a diff. version of the old movie Dreamscape w/ Dennis Quaid? havn't seen it yet however....
May be the best Sci-fi ever, providing you are smart enough to follow.
Inception was great. Awesome casting and a great plot, it makes people think!!
its like the matrix in psychotherapy, without cheese costumes, and better actors. i've seen it 3 times. i'm happy, especially after such a dry movie summer.
Hey N. Sorry to infringe upon your space, but so many writers here have responded to my negative critique, that I felt most would see my reply to them here in the first slot. ... Yes, all of you enlightened ones, I found Inception to be a boring mess. If you are going to make an ORIGINAL, INTELLIGENT movie, make it more cerebral and cut the dumb seen-it-all- before shoot outs, chase scenes and unimaginative FX. 2-1/4 hours of the 2-1/2 movie was filler! Inception is supposed to be about stealing ideas from dreaming minds and then the dangerous reverse of planting of ideas deep into a mind through dreams. See it again with a stop watch and tell me how many ninutes were the typical Hollywood shoot-outs, chases, etc. That I say filled most of the movie without moving the story forward.
I loved the Matrix. This is no Matrix. Kind of like Vanilla Sky meets an eclectic foreign cinema film. Bottom line, Im no dummy and it lost me. Pros: See it in Imax. It is a great looking film. Like Batman Nolan films are great to look at and have unbelievable sound. Cons: Miscast. DiCapprio as a badass and a few of his sidekicks who are of small builds just didnt work. And the woman from Juno – who is a promissing young actress – was very miscast.
It made an attempt to really be something special and it was. It was incredible to look at (a shame it wasnt in 3-D) and listen to.... youll see (hear) great music and sound. But it was an action mess that dragged often and at almost 2.5 hours had me begging for the end.
It tried to be Tarantino in the confusing and convuluted plot. Good luck, its long boring and was too ambitious.
The movie was great. My wife and I figured out the ending before we got up from our seats, and it may turn into a "snape killed dumbledore" style spoiler before long. There was a bit more action than seemed necessary, but it should help viewers who aren't as interested in thinking during movies. I was afraid the dream-in-a-dream nature of the movie would be too confusing, but Nolan did an excellent job keeping it simple and understandable. Each "dream" is an entirely different setting and follows its own timeline, so there's not much chance to get lost. The first good movie of the summer IMO.
YES DEFINITELY WILL SEE IT......
Just watched it. My wife loved it but I didn't care for it. It wasn't entertaining and a bit predictable. The constant activity demands your attention which i think was the rush most folks enjoyed.
It's futile to convince these raving fanatics that the plot is incomprehensible. After all, It takes an intelligent person to figure out that something does not make sense; and you surely can’t convince a fool that something that he does not understand doesn't make sense.
All of the positive reviews here are fueled by pseudo-philosophical pop culture, claiming mysterious "implications" of the movie, when the only implication (that dreams and reality can be indistinguishable) is a cliche. If you disagree, please explain this first: dream time sync when you're inside another person's dream.
Hey KilltheMessenger, way to group us all into one group. I suppose you now know where I was born, how old I am and what my occupation is based on my review of the movie. Maybe it's hard to convince mindless followers like you what the whole concept of the movie was about. Some of us actually have the mental capability of what the movie was about, what it potrayed and Nolan's imagery. If you want to see a simplistic movie, go see Avator or if you want to see a good simplistic movie, Pixar has come out with some nice movies for you. I heard The Sorcerer's Apprentice is easy to follow.
Paraphrasing the main hero, this could be 'a thriller of the subconscious'. I would not compare it with any other movie except Nolan's own 'Memento'. It is a great movie! In “Inception’ action scenes and scientific theories on dreams are interlaced with spectacular special effects of oneiric landscapes. I saw here the first fight taking place at 0 gravity, and it was exquisite! I will see it a second time next week.
Since there are so many of you who claim to follow the movie flawlessly, please answer these essential plot questions:
7. What does the elevator represent in Cobb’s memory of Mal?
I have some other questions, but these are the biggest ones for me right now.
This was a good movie, but just a hair short of being great. I think people were more enamored with the concept of the movie, as opposed to how it was packaged & delivered... albeit very good. This movie is what Tom Cruise's VANILLA SKY could've been, should've been.
Lordy-lord, KillTheMessenger – you didn't understand the plot very well, see the flick again.
The movie is a bit long and not MTV-generation ADD friendly but train your brain up a bit, you'll get it.
Cob put the top that should never stop spinning into her safe (metaphor for her mind) and made it spin indefinitely. This is what causes her to wake up from limbo/believe its a lie in the first place. However...he never took it out when she came back to "reality" so the idea that the real world is a dream was stuck in her mind.
The limbo that went to was the shared dreamspace of all the dreams, but Cobb happened to have gone their before so it borrowed/used the template from his memory of the place.
Mal is following Cobb's psyche all over the dreamspace. Anywhere he goes, she can go, because she's a memory of Cobbs and he brings his memories with him into the dream
Time in limbo is indefinite. Moments in real time can be decades in limbo. Saito is in his own limbo/shared limbo in a place he enjoys/where the film starts. Cobb just looks for him and finds him eventually (plot was a bit weak there)
Is it a dream or is it not is the real question. The top wobbles slightly at the ending like its about to fall but h its still spinning when the screen cuts to black. Make up your own mind here.
She's both. She's always a memory, and only appears in his dreams.
Its most likely a plot device to allow him to step through memories and not have to resort to a lame special effect. So the passage of time?
"Inception" is a masterpiece, a mindboggling and mindbending cinematographic experience, something unique, unheard of, multi-layered and multi-dimensional !! It's a movie one has to see several times to let it sink in, as was the case with "12 Monkeys".
In 3 months, I'll have the extended family over (Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John) and we'll all watch it for $4.99
I saw it and liked it a lot. Reviews in the Sacramento Bee and Wall Street Journal didn't get it but the reviewer for the Austin Chronicle did. Following the plot requires some attention. Throughout what is going to happen and what has happened in different dream levels, places and characters is explained. I loved the the three layers (four? more?) of plot at the end. Although the story evoked my own scary dreams, I was not scared, but intrigued. Three thumbs up.
Loved it. The best movie I've seen in a while. Makes you pay attention and think. Can't wait for it to come out on DVD so I can watch it again and answer some questions! I given it 5 stars. Loved the ending!!
saw the movie last night and it was too long – i loved the ending though
Fantastic movie. However, not as mind-blowing as everyone made it out to be and certainly not the best movie of the decade let alone of all time. And no offense to people who didn't understand it, but I don't understand how you couldn't. Everything is basically black and white in the film and I felt it was incredibly easy to follow. However, I agree a movie people should see.
Haha at the NY magazine critic. You thought it was confusing? When you think about it, the dream within a dream within a dream isnt the simplest concept, but also not the craziest. Its pretty easy if you pay attention and they did a great job at having piece together at the end. If you didnt understand this movie, watch it a couple times..its worth it
Unsure on the first part, except that it's pointed out that not being able to tell the difference is always a danger. As for the second part, DUH he planted it with the top. Did you see the film?
Not killed, but dying. And therefore unconscious and dreaming.
He found him by going down another dream level. He's old because he's been down there a long time (in dream years).
It's unclear whether it is or it isn't. The top doesn't go on spinning long enough to say for sure. But anything can be a dream. In my opinion, the filmmaker was sort of pointing out that the whole audience had been in HIS dream for two hours.
The projections are all memories. There is no difference. When you dream you fill the environment with people you remember, living or dead.
It's not a memory. It's a dream. He designed it that way for whatever reason. Perhaps to keep Mal in the basement.
I just read your 6-7 questions below, and it's obvious you didn't grasp ANY of the details that answer your questions while you watched the film.
As per usual we have those with intelligence, those without intelligence, and lastly those with intelligence and imagination. I understand how those who didn't like Inception can pull it apart by saying it didn't make sense or you didn't understand it because you lack the attention span. I get it. But what some of you are forgetting is that it is FICTION. Not real. Doesn't have to be able to be proven correct; it is a STORY. Not scientific fact. I think some people just don't want to enjoy movies.
I love a good story. And good sci-fi. This one was a headache inspiring "story". Good PREMISE... but unexplored possibilities were THROUGHOUT. I didn't care about the characters (there was no character development to MAKE me care about them) and just wanted the torture to end. And "special effects"!? PLEASE! I saw 99% of the special effects in the TRAILER. OSCARS!? ACTING!? WHERE!?
You're in DREAMS, and the best "effects" you can do is some stupid out-of-the-70's "gravity" effect? There was so much more possible for the convoluted chuck of crap. And every time the "dream architect" was on screen with Leo, I was worried that they might develop romantic feelings for each other, because that was like... creepy... Leo is getting too old for teenagers. At least it didn't go THERE, but... c'mon, people. There were so many more things to be done with this lame story... And it went on FAR too long. I wanted that van to hit the water and have an unexpected side effect... everyone dies and the movie would end. How long did I see that van falling!? GOD! ANNOYING! The story was easily followed and at the same time, gave me a headache because I HAD to follow the stupid thing. TORMENT. BAD MOVIE!
Bravo to Christopher Nolan for a movie so complex that only those who are able think on this level will truly appreciate what they are watching. The secret plot was that the leading character, Cobb, had to take this job in order to return to his children. In order to accomplish his goal his plan would be improvised along the way like a maze ... would they make it out and back to the real world. While improvising the plan along the way ... Cobb realizes that Fischer must first forgive his father who has died and Fischer is brought to a dream world in order to confront his father (a projection). He realizes that, too, is the key to accomplishing his goal ... to return to his children in the real world. He must forgive himself for the inception of Mal's brain. While on the third level of dreaming he must incept his own brain (while holding the projection of Mal within his arms) with the idea of creating their own world together, he was not responsible for her taking her life. He was able to say goodbye to his wife in that they had grown old together during the 50 years spent living in their dream world. (I am going to guess that Mr. Nolan has a genius level IQ, and is most likely an INTJ personality type, which allow him to think in such a complex manner.)
Absolutely discount this opinion. If you don't like the movie, fine. But this guy is an idiot, who was clearly expecting something his rock tumbler of a brain would be able to keep up with. If you're dumb or lazy – and I'm guessing both apply here – then this movie wasn't intended for you. Eclipse is probably playing next door, see that instead.
Otis, with all your comments you never say WHY it's a bad movie. Bets are you're too stupid to get it. And just because your bimbo wife and her bimbo friends didn't like it doesn't say much either.
Otis, we get it. You didn't like the movie. Now shut the hell up and stop being such a troll. I'm sorry that your short attention span didn't allow you to fully comprehend this movie. Michael Bay can't produce a movie every year for idiots like you to watch.
To all of those who took the time to respond to my critique. I don't think I have to defend my intelligence, number of degrees or taste in movies to people who can't find anything intelligent to say. As for Inception... I was terribly disappointed with the result of a Chris Nolan – DiCaprio collaboration. I found Inception to be a boring mess. If you are going to make an ORIGINAL, INTELLIGENT movie, make it more cerebral and cut the dumb seen-it-all-before shoot outs, chase scenes and unimaginative FX. 2-1/4 hours of the 2-1/2 movie was filler!
Yeah really Otis. And who uses the term "studio shill"??
Agreed, I am glad this movie made people think instead of just sit there.
Otis, I think it's futile to convince these raving fanatics that the plot is incomprehensible. After all, It takes an intelligent person to figure out that something does not make sense; and you surely can’t convince a fool that something that he does not understand doesn't make sense.
@Otis. The fact that you have to say 'my intelligence' and put down everyone else' intelligence just shows how much of a DBag you really are. Better luck next year.
Dude, it's just a movie. It might be cliche and take some liberties on events that could never possibly happen , but so what? Some people enjoyed it and some people didn't. Doesn't make anyone more of a fool than anyone else.
Really? Explain that to you. IT'S A SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE. It's fiction! Why don't we attempt to explain The Prestige and prove how to duplicate and transport a human Better yet, how did they have a time machine in Back To The Future? That's not real! Let's just rename it Michael J. Fox Drives Around In a Delorean For Two Hours. I mean, come on, can you not step out of your box to enjoy something? I feel bad for the people that have to suffer through your inane bablings on a daily basis.
@Jlong: I do and I gather you are one.
It does make a man a fool is he is unable to acknowledge his own ignorance. I'm not talking about whether you enjoyed it or not. Everybody here is claiming they understood the plot. But nobody demonstrated this yet, and–considering Roger Ebert acknowledged this also–they never will. Therefore, they are fools.
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