Inception; A brief review

After the drama of trying to get my phone to display my ticket unsuccessfully for about 10 minutes I did eventually get into to see Inception last night. I tried to embrace technology and just have a barcode sent to my phone to work as my ticket rather than a paper copy (saving the trees too!) but at the very moment I needed it the page wouldn’t load and I had to wait about at the front of the line up like a tool.  Maybe back to paper again next time.

After yesterdays post I was notably excited to be back in a city with an Imax screen, I was left a little disappointed though as I had to sit just a couple of rows back from the front, which is a bit like sitting with your nose nearly touching a 42” screen at home.  Meh.  I’ll arrive earlier next time.

As for the movie itself I was, I am happy to say, very impressed. Nolan has mixed aspects of various genres and stitched them together fantastically.  Offering up a movie with elements of romance, sci fi, thriller, action and best of all a story which at its core is ridiculously simple and as it plays out its seriously complex. Without wanting to give too much away (I would recommend knowing as little as possible about the movie before you watch it) it’s based on the premise that with the aid of some technology we can share dreams, a kind of Xbox live for the subconscious.  These dreamscapes can be manipulated as we see fit but too much tampering will alert the subconscious that not all is right and the shared dream will collapse.

I can imagine my girlfriend reading that last line and being put off the movie instantly however it’s to Nolan’s credit that he doesn’t dwell on any of the technical elements too much and that it doesn’t become a geek fest of technicalities , instead he sticks to keeping the story flowing. As the audience you’re given a brief summary of what is possible via dialogue between characters and then he gets back to the plot at hand.

A stellar cast headed by Leonardo Dicaprio and Ellen Page doesn’t disappoint, and smaller but important roles by Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe and Marion Cotillard are equally impressive.  With so much action and anger on display in parts of the film I was expecting Hardy to take a more violent tack, I think having watched his portrayal of Bronson, it will be interesting to see whether to see he brings the ‘cheeky chappie’ or the angst ridden crazy man to the new Mad Max: Fury Road feature due out in 2012.

All in all I think its fair to say that Inception will be bounding about the news come Oscar time, I think personally its the best film I have seen so far in 2010.


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