Inception Movie Reviews

Inception

Inception

Release Date: Jul 16, 2010

Genre: Action/AdventureSciFi/Fantasy

Rating: (PG-13)

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  • 4
    Not perfect, but very close. It took old ideas rarely used and turned them into a uniquely inventive world with suspense and action. Nothing is what it seems in this movie and I love it for that.

    Leo does a great job in this movie. I also believe Ellen Page could have stepped it up another notch to match, though the end result is amazing. No minor character goes unnoticed and the story holds you in from start to finish.

    So long as you catch the train in the first place and pay attention.
  • 1
    If you like chaos theory, you’ll love Inception. Likewise, if you are Christopher Nolan in love with your own sci-fi concept in which scenes unrelated to one another, absent of foreshadowing, devoid of transitions, or any other means by which an audience can track what is happening, then again, Inception is your kind of movie.

    Leonardo DiCaprio, who was superb in Blood Diamond and The Departed, but otherwise the Scorsesist baby-faced darling of Hollywood whose talent has had the rare privilege of developing on screen, is, in Inception, a one-note stare into oblivion. Miscast Ellen Page, memorable in Juno, looks even less mature in this film. The supporting characters, Tom Hardy and Ken Watanabe, although afforded little substantive dialogue, nevertheless are the only thing worth watching in this nightmare of slash and burn editing.

    While “show don’t tell” is the mandate of film, you still need to give the audience some indication as to what is going on and why. Other than a flimsy wave of the wrist that we are watching the theft of corporate secrets by means of electronic and chemical forays into the dreaming heads of CEOs (and who would want to go there without some nefarious purpose), the audience must suspend all understanding of what is before them in hopes that there will be some substantive denouement to all of this running and shooting, and fooling around.

    Inception wants to be a three-dimensional game of chess. The problem is the platforms do not stay put long enough to stack the pieces into a game you can play. The characters, the scenes, the spine of the story, are all so loosely floating around, disconnected from one another, that you finally just give up, blandly watching the shoot-em-ups and car chases in order to stay awake. Yes, we are dealing with the dream world, so anything goes, right? Err…yeah, that really is the case in Inception. Go back to The Matrix if you want to be entertained by what is real and what is illusion.
  • 5
    Bigb is not a good movie critic. Disregard everything he said. Inception is a great movie with stellar performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and his supporting actors. The movie is complex but easy to follow after the first 10 minutes. It has all the makings of a great movie. Ellen Page does a great job, as always, and follows through til the end of the movie. The story is totally unique and will leave you thinking long after the movie is over. The movie has action, suspense, intrigue, wonder, complexity, and bears a great deal of intelligence. It's a long movie but you will be entertained every step of the way. There is never a dull moment and Ken Watanabe performs his role superbly as the Tourist and Joseph Gordon-Levitt does not disappoint as the Point Man. I can't say enough about this movie. See it if you can because this will be a classic and will definitely be one of the best movies of 2010.
  • 5
    Bigb is a big moron that couldn't grasp onto the fast pace of a good script and awesome filmmaking. This is, by far, one of the best movies i've seen in a while. Chris Nolan, you're awesome! Five stars!!!!
  • 1
    I thought I had benchmarked a couple of movies that represent the worse I have ever seen and then along comes Inception. A new low that will probably stay at the bottom for some time to come.

    There is no attempt to provide a single clue to the audience as to what the hell is going on with this total mess you're staring at. Since you're lost at the very beginning, the evolving complexity of the story adds additional 'weight' and the whole movie collapses on itself.

    Leo DiCaprio is a very good actor, but he couldn't hold this together.

    Ellen Page of Juno fame is horribly miscast. Her flat, annoying, banal performance wouldn't be tolerated in an amateur high school play.

    This movie is meaningless nonsense. It goes nowhere. I am embarrassed to give this movie 1 star when even the point of 1 star wouldn't be deserved.

    The best part of this movie experience was finding the theater exit.
  • 4
    Christopher Nolan has made a career of playing with people's minds. From Momento to The Dark Knight, Nolan's films have been incredibly entertaining, yet keep you thinking every second of the way. Now, Nolan goes into the mind with Inception, quite possibly his best film. It's a rare combination of thrills and smarts lacking in most summer films.

    I could make an attempt to explain what this movie is about, but I'd have a hard time doing it. It's not that it's really that difficult: Leonardo DiCaprio's Dom Cobb makes a living sneaking into people's subconscious and stealing their secrets. He's hired by a rich industrialist to sneak into the mind of a rival and implant ideas in his head. It's just that what the movie is about on a basic label barely explains the movie. As with other Nolan films, there are things happening on multiple levels here, and part of the fun of watching this movie is watching the puzzle unfold.

    This movie works because it puts the story first, and everything that hangs on it is there to service the story. At its most basic level, this movie is a heist film, and there are chases and action sequences. What makes this different is that I cared about the characters, and I wanted to know where the story is going, so when there's a chase, I was emotionally involved in the outcome. The special effects also service the story, so when Paris literally folds over on itself, it was more than just a cool thing to watch. It actually (I know this is going to be hard to believe) wasn't just there to look cool, but to explain things.

    In the end, that's what makes Nolan a great filmmaker. He makes movies, complete and total. There's thought in everything that happens, and even when things get a little confusing, I don't get anxious. I know he's going to lead me in a really original direction.

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