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Aragorn July 15 2010 06:17 AM

Inception (Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio) Grading & Discussion

In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a single idea within one's mind can be the most dangerous weapon or the most valuable asset.

The good reviews:


Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times wrote:
One of the most intoxicating, challenging and beautiful movies of the 21st century, deserving of multiple Oscar nominations.


Peter Travers, Rolling Stone wrote:
In this wildly ingenious chess game, grandmaster Nolan plants ideas in our heads that disturb and dazzle. The result is a knockout. But be warned: Inception dreams big.


Justin Chang, Variety wrote:
If movies are shared dreams, then Christopher Nolan is surely one of Hollywood's most inventive dreamers, given the evidence of his commandingly clever Inception.


Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times wrote:
The movies often seem to come from the recycling bin these days: Sequels, remakes, franchises. "Inception" does a difficult thing. It is wholly original, cut from new cloth, and yet structured with action movie basics so it feels like it makes more sense than (quite possibly) it does.

The bad reviews:


David Edelstein, New York Magazine wrote:
I wanted to surrender to this dream; I didnít want to be out in the cold, alone. But I truly have no idea what so many people are raving about.


Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice wrote:
It's obvious that Nolan either can't articulate or doesn't believe in a distinction between living feelings and dreams -- and his barren Inception doesn't capture much of either.


Rex Reed, New York Observer wrote:
None of this prattling drivel adds up to one iota of cogent or convincing logic. You never know who anyone is, what their goals are, who they work for or what they're doing.


Nick Schager, Slant Magazine wrote:
Inception is Instruction Manual Cinema, a film that spends so much time explaining the rules of its narrative conceit that it fails to either emotionally engage or, except in a few notable spots, viscerally thrill.

And finally, since Armond White doesn't like it, that probably means it's one of the best films of the year:


Like Grand Theft Auto's quasi-cinematic extension of noir and action-flick plots, Inception manipulates the digital audienceís delectation for relentless subterfuge.

Samurai8472 July 15 2010 06:28 AM

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Ebert's review

Admiral_Young July 15 2010 07:14 AM

Re: Inception (Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio) Grading & Discuss
I can't wait...been waiting for this since it was first announced. Seeing it on Sat!

Rii July 15 2010 07:22 AM

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Still one week from release here. :(

Aragorn July 15 2010 07:47 AM

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A lot of theaters in my area are having midnight showings. Even on fake IMAX.

OdoWanKenobi July 15 2010 08:41 AM

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Oh my god! I want to see this movie soooooooo bad! As far as I'm concerned, Christopher Nolan is a genius. He has never made a film I did not enjoy immensely. Memento, The Prestige, and The Dark Knight are all among my absolute favorite films. The fact that it's getting such great reviews only adds fuel to the fire of my anticipation.

The Scrooge Doctor July 15 2010 08:59 AM

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I can't wait to see this film! I will be checking it out on Saturday as my first IMAX experience.

ElimParra July 15 2010 02:47 PM

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Rii wrote: (Post 4243602)
Still one week from release here. :(

I know what you mean. By this time next week I shall have seen it.

Mallet July 15 2010 07:17 PM

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Saw this last night at a press screening.

I voted "Above Average" but it is a hard movie to judge or rate.

All of the individual aspects of it are amazing, the acting, the cinematography, the action scenes, etc... The fact that it is a big original science fiction movie is great.

But something did feel a bit off. I don't quite know how to explain it. You know the saying that "The whole is greater then the sum of the parts"? Well, this film feels a bit like the opposite of that. All the individual parts were great, but the whole was a little less then the sum.

Still I still had to give it a good review, there is just too much going on that is great. Nolan is a master at great action sequences and dramatic visuals.

Maybe it was that since the movie involves dreams and reality you just can't help but expect some of the plot twists that are coming. It's like going into a M. Knight Shyamalan film, you know there will be a twist so you are constantly looking for it or waiting for it.

Anyways, I can't say any more about it with out spoiling things, so I won't.

All I can do is say, yes go see this film, but... don't get your expectations up to high for it. I had high expectations and felt a little let down when it was over and from the audience reaction it seemed that a lot of people felt much the same way. (On the other hand my girlfriend didn't have much expectations for it (she just likes Ellen Page and Leo) and she really, really liked it.)

So see it, just don't expect The Dark Knight level of awesome.

Samurai8472 July 15 2010 07:35 PM

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I'm just worried about the separation between the real characters and dream world.

Roger Ebert in his reviews about the Maxtrix always brought up the dividing line between the person in the Matrix and the person outside.

You have the equivalent of a game character who can do almost anything. When you have that, you kind of feel disconnected from the real person outside.

JacksonArcher July 15 2010 10:24 PM

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I already bought my tickets for tonight! Plus, I also have my tickets for Saturday too, in IMAX. Can't wait!

watermelony2k July 16 2010 02:48 AM

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will def go see it but will wait for a quieter night. looks like it warrants reviewing so maybe i'll se it twice!

CaptainCanada July 16 2010 03:34 AM

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Bought my ticket for tomorrow evening.

Daneel July 16 2010 08:26 AM

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Surprisingly, I was able to get a ticket for the midnight showing at the local IMAX.

So I saw it. Is it good? Yes. Is it an instant classic? I would have to say... no. I'm not quite sure how to express my reaction to it -- to be honest, I think I was hoping for a bit more of a mindfuck than I got. :rommie: There's some neat ideas, but nothing that seemed really intensely thought-provoking, and (this may seem like an odd complaint) I didn't really have much trouble following the story; I guess I was hoping it would challenge me a bit more than it did.

Nevertheless, I was still able to get into it. It's a great-looking, well-crafted film, as I would expect from Nolan, and the performances were solid (although a couple of the characters were a little flat).

I think Mallet summed it up fairly well: I'll recommend the film, but it's best if you don't go in with your expectations too heightened.

Oh, yeah, and

Daedalus12 July 16 2010 08:43 AM

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^ Nah I think Nolan was just trying to be a bit cheeky there. I am pretty sure it was back to reality.

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