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#1 Posted on 16.7.10 1512.34
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Christopher Nolan's first film since The Dark Knight is a visually dazzling but sometimes difficult, action-packed incursion into the blurred line between dreams and reality. See it on IMAX if you can.

Full review with SPOILERS:

http://www.backofthehead.com/​2010/​07/​inception-​imax-​experience.html

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#2 Posted on 16.7.10 2138.23
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It felt like 2 and half hours that is for sure. Hopefully, we can change the subject lines to debate the ending which will no doubt be debated til the end of time or til the sequel comes out. I thought it was good and one of the better summer films, but that is not saying much. If any movie is going to get Nolan an oscar nod and not be a Batman film, this is it.
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#3 Posted on 18.7.10 1527.19
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    Originally posted by lotjx
    Hopefully, we can change the subject lines to debate the ending


I've always felt like movie threads, being about the movie, should be totally laden with spoilers. But I guess some people read these looking for general impressions and recommendations. Those dicks.


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That thing was totally about to stop spinning. I saw it in a sold out showing and it was really funny how the entire crowd started getting anxious and antsy as it spun around. Then when it cut to credits everyone shrieked.


I thought it was the best movie of the year so far by a significant margin, ahead of, let's say, Greenberg and Shutter Island. Christopher Nolan and Noah Baumbach have supplanted Charlie Kaufman and Wes Anderson as my must-see auteurs in the fields of "postmodern exploration of fragmented society/identity/reality" and "melancholy idiosyncratic character study," respectively.

It was weird to see Ellen Page walking around in this kind of movie bein' all Ellen Page; I kept thinking she should be visiting the mayor of Halifax.
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#4 Posted on 18.7.10 1532.55
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My third-favorite movie of the year thus far (behind TS3 and Kick-Ass), but very much worth seeing.

Rest up before going, though. It takes some work to get through this.

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#5 Posted on 18.7.10 1548.01
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I didn't make this clear cut in my review, but I loved it.
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#6 Posted on 18.7.10 2246.51
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    Originally posted by JustinShapiro

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    That thing was totally about to stop spinning. I saw it in a sold out showing and it was really funny how the entire crowd started getting anxious and antsy as it spun around. Then when it cut to credits everyone shrieked.


Oh, totally. In fact...

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Every time we saw the dream-top, it always spun perfectly, with no signs of toppling. At the end of the movie, you could see it hiccup.

But...

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How does Saito have that kind of power to make everything right with one phone call - a phone call placed right as the plane is about to land? That alone made me think the real world was a dream.

Some of the dialogue was really hard to understand (Saito and Eames particularly). Saito was mostly due to his accent and Eames because of sound effects drowning him out, but maybe my theater had something to do with it. Or maybe it was just my ears.

The buildup and execution of the successive kicks had the goosebumps out. Unbelievable climax.

I didn't check my watch once. I was completely engaged the whole time, and I will definitely see this again in the theater.

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#7 Posted on 19.7.10 0248.42
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    Originally posted by Mr Shh
    In fact...

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    Every time we saw the dream-top, it always spun perfectly, with no signs of toppling. At the end of the movie, you could see it hiccup.

    But...

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    How does Saito have that kind of power to make everything right with one phone call - a phone call placed right as the plane is about to land? That alone made me think the real world was a dream.




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Having seen this twice, I agree 100% that it was not a dream. To me the significance is that he spins it but then leaves it behind once he sees his children, To me, that is him letting go off all that dream business and living for the reality. It definitely wavers, which it does not do in a dream.

As for Saito, I wouldn't assume it was just before landing. They were out for 10 hours. The flight from Sydney to LA is at least 13 hours. I think accepting the fact that Saito is powerful enough to pull this off is as important as accepting the fact that extraction could be performed in dreams.


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#8 Posted on 19.7.10 0712.37
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I agree with the lord of the manor that character had a ton of cash and it was noticeable from the moment he joined the team. The real question is why he even went on the mission. If they screwed him, he would have found out in a few months and he knew where Cobb would be, so he would probably just have him killed later. I also agree the accents and some of the soundtrack made it heard to understand some of the characters, I did not love the soundtrack as much as others did. I did think they used sound very well in the film especially in the dream scenes. God Damn, I went to go into more detail with this, but I doubt know how to black out the text. I am in the reality camp even though I said they could easily do a sequel.
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#9 Posted on 19.7.10 0921.59
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    Originally posted by lotjx
    The real question is why he even went on the mission.
Probably same reason Ellen Page came back.

Also,

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DiCaprio woke up on the plane, and therefore knew how he got there. It was said before that you know you're in a dream if you don't know how you got to where you are.

At least, that's what I thought of this morning. When I saw it yesterday, I was too busy trying to push the top over with my mind. (I also thought Michael Caine was going to grab the top.)
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#10 Posted on 19.7.10 1119.50
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Watching six seasons of Lost has trained me to look for and identify misdirection. Not that I'm any good at it, though. I totally agree that...

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...the real world was, in fact, real. Not arguing against it. All of the clues point to real (the wavering top and hansen's excellent observation of knowing how you got there). After one viewing, I thought I identified evidence (red herrings?) for it being a dream. Besides Saito's ability to pull strings, the one other thing that threw me off was how Cobb always referred to wanting to "go home." He then used that exact phrasing when telling the story of his previous inception with Mal - how Mal wanted to "go home", ie, back to the real world.


One other thing: the sound effects in this movie were unlike anything I've ever heard. Particularly, there was the one scene where someone's head slams into - was it a windshield? - the THUD was so real, I jumped in my seat.
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#11 Posted on 19.7.10 1134.09
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    Originally posted by lotjx
    God Damn, I went to go into more detail with this, but I doubt know how to black out the text.


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On topic, I thought the movie was great and I'll probably go back to see it again at the weekend.
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