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Science-fiction features often involve time travel or strange worlds. In Christopher Nolan's heist thriller Inception, the concepts converge through the realm of dreams. With his trusty associate, Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a fine foil), Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio, in a role that recalls Shutter Island) steals ideas for clients from the minds of competitors. Fallen on hard times, he's become estranged from his family and hopes one last extraction will set things right. Along comes Saito (Ken Watanabe, Batman Begins), who hires Cobb to plant an idea in the mind of energy magnate Fischer (Cillian Murphy, another Batman vet). Less experienced with the art of inception, Cobb ropes in an architecture student (Ellen Page), a chemist (Dileep Rao), and a forger (Tom Hardy) for assistance. During their preparations, Page's Ariadne stumbles upon a secret that may jeopardize the entire operation: Cobb is losing the ability to control his subconscious (Marion Cotillard plays a figure from his past). Until this point, the scenario can be confusing, since the action begins inside a dream before returning to reality. Then, after the team gets to Fischer, three dream states play out at once, resulting in four narratives, including events in the real world. It all makes sense within the rules Nolan establishes, but the impatient may find themselves much like Guy Pearce in Memento: completely confused. If Inception doesn't hit the same heights as The Dark Knight, Nolan's finest film to date, it's a gravity-defying spectacular to rival Dark City and The Matrix. --Kathleen C. FennessySee all Product Description
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The elaborate, central heist involves several participants played by a hyper-cool cast led by Di Caprio. After constructing dream architectures for their target, they isolate him on an airplane (ludicrously expensive to achieve) and then enter his dreams, dreams within dreams, dreams within dreams within dreams AND, due to unforeseen complications, there is even another unplanned level beyond that. Each level has it's own time-frame, such that in the deepest level, you can live a lifetime during one sleep. Strap in for some of the most spectacular and creative visuals ever seen on film - I mean really clever and mind-blowing stuff.
Everything about this film is heavy and powerful, often with feelings of paranoia, due to the blurred lines between dream and reality. The story, the visuals, the performances, the music - they all combine to make very powerful impressions upon the viewer, perhaps overwhelming for some. This is also one of the most discussed and debated films ever. After you see it, you might want to read some interpretations of the ending, perhaps on Wikipedia. It seems intentionally ambiguous but some clever observations may have shed some light. Because Inception is so intense, it isn't one of those easy-to-watch films that I regularly grab off the shelf. But it is too bold, imaginative and spectacular to give anything less that the top grade.
The beginning of the movie is a bit confusing as you don't know what is real and what is a dream. However this shortly clears up. Dom Cobb has a lot of issues concerning his past life and dreamworld which jeopardizes the mission. His dead wife keeps showing up to foil his plans and he just hasn't the heart to kill her. The dreamworld works like a narcotic. Once you go into it, reality becomes boring. This movie is more brilliant in its complexity and script than it is in entertainment, but it worked for me.
Nowhere is this more obvious than "Inception," which turns into a multi-level Möbius strip -- worlds within worlds, dreams within dreams. Nolan delights in being able to conjure strange worlds that could never exist in real life, but he crafts a very heartfelt, powerful story for those visuals -- a story of love and loss, ambition and power, and a broken man haunted by guilt that constantly chases him through every dream.
In the not-too-distant future (next Sunday A.D.), the military has created a technology that allows artificial shared dreaming. Within multi-leveled dreams, architects can create elaborate worlds, and special "extractors" can get information from a sleeping subject's brain. Oh, and there are several layers of dreaming, each with a different period of time passing.
The movie opens with Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) trying to extract some information from tycoon Saito (Ken Watanabe). It turns out that this was actually an elaborate audition by Saito, who wants to hire them for an "inception" -- to plant a new idea in someone's head. Cobb isn't interested until Saito offers to clear him of the murder of his wife, which would allow him to return to his young children.
Their target: Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy), who has just inherited a massive energy conglomerate from his cold, callous father. Saito wants the company dissolved before it can become too powerful, so he wants the idea incepted into Robert's head.Read more ›
We already know the formula and this will not be the last movie to use it. Yet it is the execution that is on trial here. Is lots of action and noise the reason to watch the movie or is it actually the distraction. Take away the CGI and the obligatory car chase and what is left?
Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) just wants to get on with life and be with his kids once more. He is offered that opportunity in exchange for his skill in changing people’s minds while entering their dreams. This is the simple explanation for the movie. But Cob and his team must go down several levels of dreams in dreams in dreams to accomplish the mission. With each level new problems are revealed as we are also dissecting Cobb’s mind at the same time.
Will the team complete their mission or like “The Man from the MTA?” be lost forever in limbo.
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Scratches on disc. Not even a new sealed package. At least if it's used, don't say NEWPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very entertaining movie, never did I think of checking the time while watching this movie; Inception keeps you endorsed in this mind bending world that Christopher Nolan has... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a great movie. It arrived quickly and I've watched it a bunch of times and it was well worth the price (which was decent anyway). Great movie for everyone.Published 5 months ago by Emily