Inception


Initial reviews of Christopher Nolan's Inception have described this mind-bending thriller as "the new Matrix" and a mashup of some of Hollywood's greatest sci-fi and action flicks. We, however, recommend that you throw all your preconceived notions out the door and take the movie as it is, because we think it's fair that a film as unique as this one deserves to be called "derived" when it is clearly on a class of its own.

Headlining Inception is former boy toy Leonardo DiCaprio of Titanic fame. He plays the role of Mr. Cobb, an extractor who specializes in reading people's minds by lurking in their dreams. Through a proposal by one of his richest clients, Saito (Ken Watanabe), Cobb finds himself leading a dream team to perform an inception on Saito's toughest business foe. Should Cobb and his team accomplish the feat, he will be rewarded not with money, but with the chance to continue on with his real life.

From start to finish, Inception works on so many levels, literally. Dream sequences are commonplace, and so are dream sequences within dream sequences. What's surprising though is that the story goes as deep as 4 levels (a dream within a dream, within a dream, within a dream) and could render you confused.

We're quite sure not everyone would be able to keep up with the layers upon layers of plots that are going on simultaneously, but if you are able to go with the flow, it will be more than worth it, we assure you.

Going back to the comparisons with Matrix, we totally understand why Inception is being described in the same light. First off, it involves getting lost in a fantasy world and second, there are killer fight scenes. The most notable is the zero-gravity action sequence with Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). It's like nothing we've ever seen before, and should Neo find himself in the scene, he definitely wouldn't stand a chance against him.

The story is top-notch, although given it's very nature, it's a miracle Nolan was able to effectively translate the scenes into the big screen (it's no Dark Knight, though). Inception is not the easiest movie to watch especially when you're seated next to the screen in an IMAX theater*, but we're quite sure that if the script were given to any other director, he or she would have had a tough time editing this movie.

Would Inception make a killing at the ticket stands? Yes, definitely. The story is too deep, too complex, and too engrossing for anyone to see the movie just once. Expect you and your friends to watch it as many times as there are dream sequences.

Inception opens nationwide tomorrow, July 15. Visit the official website here.

*The movie is not in 3D

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Overall
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+
  • Great action scenes
  • Amazing story
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  • Dream sequences tend to be confusing
  • The cliffhanger ending!
  • Would have looked great in 3D
Bottom Line
  • Be prepared to use your brain on multiple levels

Ariadne (Ellen Page)
Miles (Michael Caine) and Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio)
Miles (Michael Caine) and Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio)
Limbo
Mal (Marion Cotillard)
Cobb with a gun
The dream team
Saito (Ken Watanabe) and Mal (Marion Cotillard)
Mal (Marion Cotillard) and Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio)
Bending "reality"



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