HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
First Man
Machete Maidens Unleashed!
Cannibal Club, The
Grasshopper, The
Searching
Human Desire
Climax
Stiff Upper Lips
American Animals
Outlaws
Venom
World on a Wire
Velvet Buzzsaw
Picnic
Dick Dickman, PI
Hunter Killer
30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock, The
Race for the Yankee Zephyr
Boys in the Band, The
Brainscan
T-Men
Blame
Upgrade
Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, An
Fear No Evil
One Cut of the Dead
Rosa Luxemburg
Disobedience
On the Job
Monsters and Men
   
 
Newest Articles
He-Maniacs: Ridiculous 80s Action
All's Welles That Ends Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 1 on DVD
Shut It! The Sweeney Double Bill: Two Blu-rays from Network
Network Sitcom Movie Double Bill: Till Death Us Do Part and Man About the House on Blu-ray
No, THIS Must Be the Place: True Stories on Blu-ray
Alf Garnett's Life After Death: Till Death... and The Thoughts of Chairman Alf on DVD
Balance of Power: Harold Pinter at the BBC on DVD
Strange Days 2: The Second Science Fiction Weirdness Wave
Strange Days: When Science Fiction Went Weird
Ha Ha Haaargh: Interview With Camp Death III in 2D! Director Matt Frame
Phone Freak: When a Stranger Calls on Blu-ray
A Name to Conjure With: David Nixon's Magic Box on DVD
Which 1950s Sci-Fi was Scariest? Invaders from Mars vs The Blob
The Empire Strikes Back: Khartoum vs Carry On Up the Khyber
Stan and Ollie's Final Folly: Atoll K on Blu-ray
   
 
  Inception Your mind is the scene of the crimeBuy this film here.
Year: 2010
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Rating:  6 (from 4 votes)
Review: Caught somewhere between Mission Impossible and a gnarly acid trip lies Inception the newest piece from writer/director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight). In this cosmopolitan sci-fi actioner, Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) represents best thief in the business. But unlike most common thieves, Cobb steals valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious. Cobb’s talent makes him a highly desired employee in the world of corporate espionage. His talent also made him an international fugitive but if he completes one last job he may be able to clear his name. For his last job, instead of stealing an idea he needs to plant an idea -- an inception.

Inception, although complex, goes too far out its way to explain every little element. In a film with so many layers and far-reaching facts, some explanation remains necessary otherwise utter confusion would occur. However, that doesn’t mean that constant exposition needs to be bandied about throughout the film almost ad nauseum.

A complicated movie such as this needs to revert to the “show me don’t tell me” method to demonstrate how to convey complexities without explaining every single last detail. Nolan’s other films offered wonderfully sinister visual styles, which he used as an asset to spin his stories. He used complex visual elements, such as in Memento, which cleverly wove explanations into the story without the dialogue creating a crushing barrier. Those viable visual elements do exist in Inception, and much of the film’s later half exists somewhere in the realm of 007, Mission Impossible, and Matrix with grandiose fights, chases and effects.

Nolan goes out of his way to create a complex world and at times it may feel like being caught in a Freudian vortex. Nonetheless, with all of the complexities that Cobb has to endure, it seems rather simplistic to satisfy his guilty conscious with such a simplistic ending solution. Even a heart filled romantic may ask “Is that all there all there is?”

The film may be too smart for its own good. Perhaps a little more espionage and a little less physics chatter and psychobabble would have planted a better idea inside that pesky little subconscious.
Reviewer: Keith Rockmael

 

This review has been viewed 3121 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Christopher Nolan  (1970 - )

British director specialising in dark thrillers. Made an impressive debut with the low-budget Following, but it was the time-twisting noir Memento that brought him to Hollywood's attention. 2002's Al Pacino-starrer Insomnia was a remake of a Norwegian thriller, while Batman Begins was one of 2005's biggest summer movies. The hits kept coming with magician tale The Prestige, and Batman sequel The Dark Knight was the most successful movie of Nolan's career, which he followed with ambitious sci-fi Inception and the final entry of his Batman trilogy The Dark Knight Rises. He then attempted to go as far as he could with sci-fi epic Interstellar, another huge success at the box office, which was followed by his World War II blockbuster Dunkirk.

 
Review Comments (2)
Posted by:
Darren Jones
Date:
5 Aug 2010
  What a waste of a nice idea.

Continually watching characters float around in a very clunky style, pissing around with lifts and explosives (why not place them in the dream beforehand!) and continual fighting in slow motion became boring. The  raid on the snow fortress was tiresome and I quite literally couldn't wait for this to come to it'd predicable end. 
       
Posted by:
Rónán Doyle
Date:
14 Sep 2010
  Nice review. However I really liked this! But then again I am a bit of an eye-candy whore and get off on that beautiful business class aesthetic of Nolan's. Thought it was nicely constructed with a great Zimmer score, the best of summer 2010.
       


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
George White
Enoch Sneed
Stately Wayne Manor
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Aseels Almasi
   

 

Last Updated: