Inception is Christopher Nolan’s follow up to one of the most critically praised and successful movies of all time, The Dark Knight. His reward was a free pass from Warner Brothers to make whatever movie he wanted since Dark Knight brought in over $1 billion worldwide. Nolan approached Warner Brothers with a script that took him nearly eight years to complete. The result is the mind bending thriller that is set within the architecture of the mind. Plot details have been kept relatively under wraps, and for a good reason. This is a movie that is better going in with a fresh mind because it will be exhausted by the time the movie is over.
Why you may want to see something else
Like The Dark Knight, the movie does get long. The reason being is that Nolan’s concept for both movies encompassed such massively complex ideas that a basic 90 to 100 minute movie would not suffice. The amount of material that had to be covered causes the film to suffer some drag in explanation and set up. However, if you have the patience it is worth it.
Why you have to see “Inception”
Nolan constructs an interweaving story that keeps your brain active for the entire length of the film until the very last shot, and that is not an exaggeration. The last shot leaves a huge question that will undeniably cause movie fans and nerds to debate for a while about the decision of the final shot by Nolan.
Technically the movie is as close to absolute proficiency as anyone will see. The budget for the film is clearly on the screen with a remarkable blend of practical effects with computer generated imagery. As you watch the film, you find yourself wishing a special edition Blu Ray were already available to explain the filmmaking process.
As you watch a train barrel through a city street and characters engage in gunfights and hand to hand combat in a zero gravity environment, you are blown away and want to know how the magicians behind the camera created this film in such a unique method and conceptualization. You begin to get the feeling that Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer) had some long days filming his role.
The blend of technical mastery with phenomenal acting under Nolan’s writing and directing do something that The Dark Knight accomplished so magnificently as well, catharsis. The ending of the film is a breathtaking few minutes that allows Hans Zimmer to orchestrate gorgeous music to emphasize the already astonishing emotion of the film.
The biggest reason you should see Inception is to support filmmaking such as this. in a summer that is bleeding from mediocrity and exhausted franchises, Inception stands alone. The bold originality of this film is what moviegoers should be supporting. It is rare that a studio will place such a substantial budget on an original idea for financial support.
This is a movie that does not insult the intelligence of the audience and creates breathtaking images and leaves you in awe. This is why this movie, and Toy Story 3, are the only two movies this summer that have been classified as “have to see.” These two movies are the examples of what excellent filmmaking is capable of accomplishing.
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