Thursday, July 22, 2010

Review: Inception


Title: Inception
Distributor: Legendary Pictures (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer(s): Christopher Nolan (written by))
Staring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Marion Cotillard
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout.
Running Time: 148 min
Synopsis: In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job till date, Inception.

What Others Are Saying?

Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter:
86% (Fresh), Top Critics: 78% (Fresh), RT Community: 93% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 75 out of 100, Users: 8.5 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 84: (53.9% A, 31.4% B,
12.6% C, 0.0% D, and 0.0% F)
Yahoo Movies: Critics: B+ Users: A-

My Review

This review comes to you after watching the film twice. I heard that one needs to watch it at least three times to get the full vision of the film. I leaning towards the idea that you do need many viewings to pick up on subtle details you didn't see the first time. With that being said here is my review...

Source Material: Original

Entertaining Value:

  • Action Elements: This film isn't the next summer blockbuster action film with said action heroism. Even thought its not the action film of the summer, it does have a lot of great action sequences
  • Comedy Elements: Its not a comedy by far, but it has some cleaver one liners to lighten up the mood a bit.
  • Dramatic Elements: Personally, I think the dramatic moments were great. I liked how the different relationships between each character played out on screen.
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy Elements: The world built by Noland is awesome. Personally I think the use of partial fx and vfx is flawless, or at least basically flawless.

Cinematic Value:

  • Acting and Dialogue: A-: Let state that for most people Leonardo DiCaprio is either the best actor on the plant or they hate him with a passion, it seem the middle ground is few and far between. I say that because I am one of the few that make up the middle ground, for me he is hit or miss, in Inception he is a hit. I also like the other castings. Both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page have made a pretty good career already, this film is defiantly going to strengthen them.
  • Art Direction: A+: I cant believe how many loction they used on this film, one more beautiful than the next. Even the studio sets where good.
  • Cinematography: A+: I think Christopher Nolan has a cinematographers mind when he makes his films cause he pull off innovative camera shots, Inception is no exception. This film had a rich color plate and awesome effects, I will talk about that latter.
  • Direction: A: Christopher Nolan is by far in my top five directors of all time, maybe even tom three. With that being said he delivers once again. This film is pushing three hours, I never once looked at my watch to see how much longer do we have. From what I have read on this film up to this point it seems, most say the biggest fault is its lengthen, and that they should cut some stuff out, but I disagree.
  • Editing: A: The cuts between reality and dream states mix perfectly, by the time you get to the end of the film you second guess yourself on what was real and what was a dream, which I think was done on purpose. Can you say brilliant?
  • Screenplay: A: What can I say the concepts in this film are very interesting and mostly true. I basically would say the same for the screenplay as I do for editing.
  • Sound and Music: A+: The score adds emotions to the film like it should. In some parts of the film I felt more excited because of the score.
  • VFX: A+: The blend of partial fx and vfx is flawless, or at least basically flawless. I said this above but its true. The only time you know a computer was used was when laws of physics where broken.

Overall: A:You may need to see a couple of time to fully understand it but it a a great movie. In my opinion a movie that make you think and discuse the film after words is a great film, which this film does. I recommend that you see this one in theaters, even with the ridiculous prices.

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