So far this year, 2010 has shaped up to be pretty awful for movies. ¬†There are two films though that have come out this summer that make all that suck totally worth it. ¬†Toy Story 3 is probably my favorite Pixar film and one of the best kid movies I've seen in 10 years. ¬†Inception isn't one of the best films I've seen in the last 10 years, but it's one of the best in the last 2 or 3. ¬†Director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Memento) is starting to carve out a reputation for himself as one of the greatest in the new generation of filmmakers. ¬†Not only does he direct these incredible movies he has to his credit, but he writes them too. ¬†Inception is masterful and daring on so many levels that it makes me hope the Oscar race starts early with that. ¬†Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Cobb, a tortured man who is hired by corporations to break into people's minds via their dreams to steal their most intimate secrets. ¬†The story picks up though when a Japanese businessman, played by the somewhat hard to understand but still impressive Ken Watanabe (Batman Begins, The Last Samurai), who wants him to plant an idea in someone's head via dreams instead of taking one out; a process called "inception." ¬†DiCaprio creates a team of experts to help him that consists of Joseph Gordon Levitt ((500) Days of Summer), Ellen Page (Juno), Thomas Hardy (Bronson) and Dileep Rao (Drag Me to Hell, Avatar). ¬†As the team goes deep, deep and then even deeper into their victim's head it creates a world that's like Oceans 11 meets The Matrix. ¬†But even a description like that undercuts the genius that is Inception. ¬†The plot is so intricate and complex it warrants a third or fourth watch and I would imagine it will get better with every view. ¬†Does the film move a little slow at times? ¬†Just briefly. ¬†Is it confusing? ¬†You bet your ass! ¬†In fact you'll spend the first 20 minutes going "what the hell is going on?" ¬†But I promise you that by the end of the film, you'll be on the edge of your seat till the final last seconds tick off the clock. ¬†It's not just that the movie has action visuals that are so dazzling, it conjures how you felt the first time you saw The Matrix that makes it so good. ¬†It's not just that Inception has one of the most original stories I've seen in a long time that makes me sing its praises. ¬†It's not just that I was amazed by the climatic 45-minute-long action-packed ending that makes me respect it so much. ¬†It's also the giant brass balls that Christopher Nolan has in releasing this in the middle of the summer, when most studios save their brainless, popcorn-crunching explosion parties for the drooling out of school kids, that rounds out my love for this. ¬†Inception is such a complex plot that he almost overestimates the intelligence of most audience members. ¬†The story moves fast and doesn't wait for you to catch up. ¬†Don't stop along the way and try to logic the science behind it. ¬†If you do, you're gonna find yourself five steps behind everyone else and lost in the fantasy. ¬†If you do that, you'll think the movie is good. ¬†If you just sit back and enjoy the ride, you'll think the movie's great. ¬†As for me, I can't wait to see this again...and again...and again. ¬†Thank you Christopher Nolan for still having faith in us to understand thoughtful stories and having the talent to deliver it in a PG-13 package that never feels watered down even in the July heat. ¬†You could be the new filmmaker of all our dreams.
Inception (Rated PG-13)
Gavin Grade: A+
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Inception last night, didn't go to the cinema though. Leo Di Caprio turned up in a dream and shown it me,but he then stole my talking otter.
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