Dom Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious.
It seems to me that people who belive this film to be a 'Mind F*ck' are simply not used to creative films and people who claim the film is overly simple a claim 'Oh that film was ssooooo easy to understand' are just out to make themselves seem intelegent and are simply cocky cocks.
The films itself tries things never seen before on film, although the ideas presented are most likley explored in sci-fi novels, to the film going audience the film is unique and perhaps even mind blowing.
The only major confusio comes at the end where you must retrace your steps and question everything that has happend, before that the story line is fairly easy to grasp.
My wife and I both agreed to walk out of this one about 3/4 of the way through. I like action movies, but if you think about it, this action doesn't really exist. Of course, all movies are filmed, scripted, so they are not real either, but this one is not real on any level. Also, very hard to follow. Excellent effort, but not worth seeing, except perhaps for the unique idea behind it, which is somewhat clever.
Very well thought out and well imagined, it had the deepest plot since The Matrix. It went overboard with special effects, but it didn't matter with the amount of plot. I really had to think while I was watching it, but the fascinating idea of it kept me perplexed for days after the movie. Bottom line is, if you're going to watch this movie, expect to devote your whole day to it. As it gives you a headache from thinking too much while watching it, and it will keep you thinking for a while even after it ends.
Sorry my good friends...the story line is all fine and dandy....Reminds one of bits & pieces from movies like Matrix & Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless mind.
But the biggest fallacy I could see is using a totem spin to distinguish between dream and reality....A totem can hardly save one...when one gets into such multiple layers of illusion and dreams.. well..the non-stop spin/stop of a totem can also become part of the dream right? do you really think one's subconsious mind at such deepest levels.. respond to a totem spin properly? think again my friend...the games mind can play are too complex to be made a movie out of..Mr.Nolan..
The premise is ingenious, and Inception is able to live off its sheer mind-bendiness for the first hour. Dom is a specialist at entering people's minds and extracting, or in this case, planting information. The dreamworld is so exciting and unpredictable, that the audience couldn't care less about the actual story line. Here’s a few problems I find with this genre. Was the whole movie a dream? Or a dream about a dream? Or a parallel universe where people dream about dreaming? I was completely drawn into the initial plot and found it to be engaging. I didn’t really care about the action scenes, because I was too engrossed in trying to figure out the deeper meaning. I enjoyed the twenty-minute side shows of car crashes and gun fights but found them to be irrelevant in the bigger picture. I am guessing for some people who don’t want to use their brain, that a good old fashion explosion will suffice. I recently watched Leonardo in Shutter Island and wondered if maybe two movies from the same actor of the same genre would be too much. The only thing that Inception had over it were the action scenes. I felt like maybe it was too much of the same thing. What I did enjoy was Dom’s passion to return to what was important- his children. Themes of guilt, redemption and loss played well to the audience. Really, in the big sceme of things, what really matters in life was returning to them. I know that some people were drawn to the semi-love story between Dom and Mal, as sick as their relationship appeared to be. He seemed to genuinely love her in spite of whatever wacked out stuff he may have planted in her head. The multi-layered themes appeared like a smorgasbord for the audience. What are you looking for? It’s in there. The names assigned to each character were an interesting attempt to help the viewer navigate the maze. As I looked a little deeper, it was like peeling an onion. I am not convinced that when I reach the end that there will be anything left but an idea.
Have you ever watched a film and wondered what went through the mind of the one that turned an idea into a film? Have you ever sat in awe after watching a brilliant movie? Well in my case, the answer would be yes for both.
Though I can tell every reader what the movie is all about; that would either give you a perception on the movie without having you go see it, in turn giving you either high hopes in the movie that you may not enjoy, or really agreeing fully with what I have said; or, you may not understand the my explanation of the movie and not want to go watch it based on that. Well that is not why I am writing this review. I am simply writing this based on the fact that I was left in awe when I was done with Inception, therefore I will rather give my review and not write so much on what to expect from the movie.
I have never really bothered giving an opinion on a film, but a film such as this, deserves not only a great review, but an award for brilliancy. If you were to watch the movie, it would not be advisable to watch it with an unclear mind; neither would it be suited for an individual that is unimaginative and is merely looking for a film for entertainment or to pass time by. The film is incredibly complex, which leads me to believe, that there may be some individuals that would have to watch it more than once to fully grasp the idea and in it, the complexity itself.
As you begin to watch the film, you feel that it may be a film that you going to end up hating as you do not fully understand it at first, but as it unfolds, you begin to realize the ideology behind the creators of the film and soon find yourself engrossed, not only in the special effects but the complexity and theme of the film. It makes you think of dreams itself and how in depth the creators have gone as far as research is concerned. Many statements in the movie would leave you in wonder at the fact that it may have happened to you as an individual many a time. Though some concepts may be far fetched, the fact that the mind is something no man or machine could ever fully understand will always stand true.
And this is what the creators have fed the story on; on this very fact! For if you watch the film you soon realize that they could have stretched the movie on for as long as they wanted to, it’s only the limitations of what we “believe” to be our limits, which would stop them from carrying on. Well there’s that and there’s the fact that no body would really want to watch a movie that went on forever. In any case, by the end of the movie, you would probably be questioning yourself as to whether your life is really real and if you really not in just a thought. While that may be going to deep in thought, it’s just something that may cross your mind.
So are you really living your life, or is all this just a dream?
Too little story, too much special effects. Typical of today's movies. Wow them with special effects and forget to add in a real plot.
Not buying into the hype.
Could have been a fantastic movie but they got so deep into special effects they couldn't see the forest for the trees. The plot is so miniscule it's unbelievable.
The end just makes room for an Inception2.
Not saying the special effects weren't good as they were. Just too much sensory overload.
And I'm a Sci-Fi type!
Let's get back to creating a story first and trying to wow the naive some other time.
Too little plot, waaaaaay to many special effects. But it does hold your attention. That's as much as I'm giving it.
Not the very beginning, but about 10 minutes or so into the movie, I didn't know what to think. I felt like a lot was left out and I was going to be pretty confused. But it picked up very fast and got to the main part making the rest of the movie pretty much perfect in my eyes. The excitement was just too intense at parts. The suspense had me at the edge of my seat at times wondering what I was going to see next. The ending was one of the best parts. Watch and you will see. The writers really had something going here. The ability to control yours and others dreams. To bring a team into someones mind and help control their dream. The ability to make a dream, within a dream. This really was written by great minds and Nolan really directed it well. The movie is just shy of 2 and a half hours, but it doesn't really seem like it, because you will enjoy this film. The cast was excellent. Leonardo DiCaprio was great. Ellen Page was also a great second. Cillian Murphy stayed more quiet, but still could act. My medal of great acting has to go to Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Never thought I would see him in such a fighting type role, but it really fit for him. Unfortunately, Tom Berenger gets the award for not acting as well. I think he is just getting too old maybe. This movie has some great action shots and the CG is pretty good too. Pure suspense from start to finish. Great film, great cast, great writing.