I'm hearing and reading all kinds of records being broken in regards to the movie Inception.
And deservedly so. Nolan is a King in psychological sci-fi mystery thrillers.
Here's the direct movie website link to Warner bros.
However, as usual, we've got the critics weighing in with the negatives to fight against the tide, though not always wrong, such as their review of Transformers 2 which was pathetic but Michael Bay and company seemed happy to get the 'fan' and 'hype' money that defied expectations.
But sometimes critics can be just negative for the sake of being negative missing the whole point of the escapism in a movie.
They maybe partly right that Nolan's idea maybe 'unoriginal'. I remember the not so famous '99 sci-fi movie, The Thirteenth Floor, with a similar basic concept. However takes the concept through incredible deep levels or layers stretching realities even further.
Here's a good look by the LA Times' Steven Zeitchik, at how the reviews pendulum has shifted within a week from 'Crazy Awesome' to 'Yawn'
Though not exactly the right comparison, you'd get my drift if you've followed Nolan before, that its a bigger box office version of Memento type movie...a movie that messes with your mind, a sci-fi psychological thriller or mystery, but leaves you with a smile and a positive 'wtf?' and gets you asking a number of questions and wanting to see it ONE MORE time, to get it.
But with my experience with Memento, that ONE MORE time, always leads to another ONE MORE time, because there's always something new or different you've learned or a flaw you've picked which still needs to be answered, etc. Same case with Inception, which I will definitely HAVE TO see again.
Memento however still feels like it beats Inception by an inch, as I felt too many flaws or binding rules riddled 'Inception' where I would expect the dreamscape to let the dreamer, besides the 'architect', have slightly more liberties in their dreams akin to the Matrix, which does bring in that Nostalgia many times in the action.
Though, following the storyline many viewers kind of missed the amazing special effects Nolan brought to the movie, which you could tell were new tricks he picked up from his previous works from the Dark Knight and Batman Begins, and perhaps an ode to the Matrix.
Nolan was right to refrain from using IMAX or 3D shooting. Didn't need it, and the effects in itself were already good enough that I wasn't yearning for the other formats.
I definitely give this a subjective gut feeling 4 to 4.5 out of 5 stars, and recommend to view it in the Cinema at least once. You might however want to budget in your next viewing whether in the Cinema or DVD too...
If you want the more indepth better special reviews and the story, like:
DiCaprio being a dream thief but has to plant an idea, but is dogged by a virtual ghost memory of his wife, and has got an awesome intelligent team assembled to do one final job for a Japanese businessman who'll get him cleared in the States if he gets some rich dude (Scarecrow guy from Batman Begins) to dismantle his rich business empire, but its complicated because he has to go through layers of dreams, etc
then I suggest going through IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. (Just be careful of spoilers in IMDB, and the harsh critics in Rotten Tomatoes, equally the awesome ravers)
Addition to the plot and summaries and actors bios, here's the article from Wikipedia, surrounding the movies background and marketing (don't fall for the spoilers there too)
Few other thoughts and links I'll leave you with:
- LDC has been brilliant in picking his movies. No awards coming his way with this movie, but his name will pop up in the future. I thought Shutter Island was under-rated...still was not satisfied with the ending...can someone explain whether the lady doctor in the cave he spoke to was real or fake?!
So what next for LDC?
- Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (as I like to call 'Ledger Junior' or the kid from '3rd rock') make a cute couple...tee hee
(*slaps self*...get a grip man! You're not into Celebrity Gossip Queen! But I wonder if LDC will come in the way...STOP! *slaps self again*)
But here's an article from the LA Times in regards to their unique difference from other celebrities...
- Smart cast overall, was pleasently surprised by who played the roles (Can you spot Tom Berenger?).
Thanks for bearing with me, y'all. Enjoy your movies!