Inception, a movie review

Inception, a movie review: by Lee Sonogan

(2010) M/2h28mins/ Action, adventure, Sci-fi

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Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece after his Batman movie series. Inception is about a dream-sharing technology and infiltrating a person’s mind to implant an idea in it. The movie is exciting and thrilling as the scenes in the guy’s subconscious start to change in logic and reason in the dream world. The main characters go deeper into the guy’s mind. This leads to multiple scenes at once, going at different speeds. The movie stars many well-known actors with the main character being played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

The main actors in this movie include:

  • Leonardo Dicarpio
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Ellen Page
  • Tom Hardy
  • Micheal Caine
  • Cillian Murphy
  • And many more.

This movie was made with a budget of 160 million and made over 292 million at the box office. Joseph Gordon-Levitt performed all but one of his own stunts during the fight scene in the spinning hallway. Leonardo DiCaprio was Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas’s only choice for the role of Cobb, the main character.  Despite prominent billing, Michael Caine only gets three minutes of screentime. James Franco was in talks with Christopher Nolan to play a character called Arthur but was ultimately unavailable due to scheduling conflicts.  Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy co-starred together again in The Revenant, but this time playing enemies. DiCaprio convinced Hardy to read the script and do the film with him.

It took ten years for Christopher Nolan to write the screenplay for this movie.  During production, details of the film’s plot were kept secret. Christopher Nolan, who wrote the script, cryptically described it as a contemporary sci-fi action thriller “set within the architecture of the mind.” The fifth Christopher Nolan movie (out of the seven) to enter the IMDb Top 250, along with Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Interstellar

In spite of the films extensive surreal effects sequences, the majority of special effects throughout the film, such as the Penrose stairs, rotating hallway, mountain avalanche, and zero gravity sequences, were created through practical methods, not through the use of computer-generated imagery. The film only has around 500 visual effect shots, as opposed to most other visual effects epics which can have upwards of 2000 VFX shots.

This movie has won Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Best Achievement in Visual Effects,  Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Writing, Original Screenplay in the Oscars, Best Special Visual Effects at the BAFTA awards.

In conclusion, It has a satisfying story and beautiful imagery. The dream sequences will always keep you guessing. And every character in the movie all plays an important part. The themes are really powerful, from mind game tests to the subconscious fights back. Even the music set each scene perfectly. If you have not seen it yet, then watch this trailer below.


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