It cannot be a fully honest review, being already a big fan of Christopher Nolan. Many say it’s the masterpiece of Nolan, but I think his lifetime masterpiece would always be Memento. But Inception is certainly a very good movie that you cannot stop thinking about (at least for a good week) as you leave the theater chair wondering if the last scene was in reality a dream, waiting for the top to fall.
I don’t know if it is true, but I heard that even Nolan was mix up at some moment writing the complex scenario of Inception.
One of the best article trying to answer all your questions and explain the different stages of dream (including the final one, the limbo) is coming from Cinema Blend: Inception Explain - Unraveling The Dream Withing The Dream. Some of the comments by the reader make also a lot of sense. Reading it, you simply want to watch again and again the movie. Much like I did with Memento.
One or two theories have caught my attention:
Does Cobb’s totem keep spinning at the end or is it about to fall off the table? In the opening moments you get a glimpse of Leo’s hand. Specifically, he’s wearing his wedding ring. Now, if you follow the rest of the movie keeping an eye out for this you will notice that he only has the ring on when he’s in the dream world. At the end of the movie he isn’t wearing the ring.” If the ring only appears when he’s in a dream and he’s not wearing at the end of the film, that could be confirmation that in fact, the top does stop spinning after the credits and Cobb is at last in the real world.
If the top really does keep spinning at the end and Cobb’s reality really is a dream, then why didn’t it keep spinning when he tried it earlier in the film? It’s still possible that the entire movie could be a dream because the totem may only work to ensure you’re not in someone else’s dream. “Think about it, YOU know your totem’s trick exactly so if you were in your own host dream then you could replicate it perfectly. It is only when you are in someone else’s dream that your totem does not behave in it’s trick form since that host cannot architect it so. This is why nobody knows the trick functionality of anyone else’s totem!”
You certainly need to see Inception, even if you are not a fan of Nolan. The complexity of the plot may lost you at time, but for the most part it is mostly straight forward. Maybe it was even too much straight forward for me. I’m still a big fan of the non-linear plot structure of Nolan like in his first film: Following. BTW Cobb, the Inception main character name played by Leonardo is certainly a tribute to one of the character with the same name played by Alex Haw in Following.
It took me a while before watching this movie. I didn’t understand all the good reviews and critics for this wannabe superhero movie. Now I do understand. Here are the list of my awards:
The best superhero movie ever made. Yep! It’s even surpassing Superman, X-Men and the Dark Knight if you ask me. Superhero films should never take themselves too seriously.
The best music score (not to be confused with the official music soundtrack) in a superhero movie. I’m telling you, It’s OUTSTANDING.
The best action movie using a 11 years old girl.
The best composed music score (The Corridor by John Murphy) in an action scene.
The best action scene in a superhero movie. Even the the lobby scene in The Matrix is no a match.
Interesting fact: The movie is based on the comic book of the same name, but the movie script and the comic were written at the same time, so the rights to the film version of the comic book were sold before the first issue was published.
Here’s another one: Brad Pitt has co-produced the movie. The film was independently financed. Vaughn initially went to Sony, but he rejected calls to tone down the violence. Other studios expressed interest but wanted to make the characters older. Vaughn believed enough in the project to raise the money himself.
And you need to see Chloe Moretz (Mindy - Hit-Girl) who did most of her own stunts, how she has been preparing herself for the action scenes.
Matthew Vaughn is preparing Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall for 2012. Can’t wait!
Ok this will not be really a film review as I’m still too much overwhelmed by this movie. I just have finished watching it at the moment and the only thing I can think of saying is WOW, just WOW, Zeeeeee f@#$ing WOW. I think this is the best fairy tale movie I’ve ever seen.
It’s been written, narrated, directed and produced by Rick Gervais from the hit TV series The Office and Extras.
I know the movie has received mixed reviews, and this is probably because some people cannot see the genius of something so deep, funny and touching in this alternate reality where everyone can only tell and think the truth. This movie is simply a “tour de force” if you ask me. Life in all its simplest and complex aspect is in there, but treated with such lightness that it makes this movie a perfect gem. Thank-you Rick for having created it.