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Inception review [Jul. 20th, 2010|12:53 am]
Movie Reviews: Write them or Read them


Where do ideas come from? Sometimes it's obvious, so if I write, "think about a bell" you think about a bell. It's easy to trace where that idea came from. But the idea that can't be traced. . . That's Inception.

In Inception it is possible for a team of dreamers to enter the dreams of a person to steal some information from the dreamers mind. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Cobb, a dream thief on the run who wants to go home, so he agrees to try to do a dream job no one has done before. Instead of stealing information he has to plant an idea in a dreamer's mind so deep that the dreamer would believe he conceived it himself. To do this requires creating a dream within a dream within a dream. Cobb assembles a team to pull a reverse heist to break in and leave something instead of taking.

The cast is impressive. Many fine actors who are pulling a job on the audience as well as the characters in the movie. Actors playing the parts of dreamers playing actors. They all do a fine job. No one is miscast and everyone gets something to do.

The dreams all look very "real worldish." No hazy stuff at the edges. No Black and White. No weird dream creatures. Most of the cool effects occur early on as Cobb explains the dream world rules to a new recruit. There is a zero gravity fight scene with Joseph Gordon-Levitt that occurs about 2/3rds of the way into the movie that's very impressive.

Since this is a movie about ideas director/writer Christopher Nolan plays around with what's real and what's illusion (and perhaps what appears to be illusion, but is actually real.) There's a lot of different levels that are being explored. It is rare when a movie is both entertaining and illuminating. There's so much going on it's worth seeing more than once.

So, yeah, the bell belongs to me, but deeper ideas may lie in your Inception. Here's an idea I'll cop to: This movie is long, so you better go before you go.