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INCEPTION

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Time Out says

Tue Jul 13 2010

Funny things, dreams. Fascinating for the dreamer, but as dull as a late morning in Slough for anybody else, unless, of course, your guide is Freud. Or, as it turns out, Christopher Nolan, the 39-year-old British director of ‘Memento’ and ‘The Dark Knight’, whose solution to the boredom of other people’s dreams is to collide their woozy, ever-changing, upside-down and roundabout nature with the thrust of a fast-paced, men-on-a-mission movie and a startling visual language that mirrors their strangeness. Better still, the dreams preferred by Nolan include images of Paris folding in on itself and a trackless train thundering through a city. The limited, sleepworld excitements of retaking your A levels ad infinitum or forever missing a flight at the airport don’t figure here.

Nolan throws a perfect storm of stunts, effects, locations and actors at one big idea: that it’s possible to pilfer ideas from dreams by a process called ‘extraction’, which involves hooking yourself up to a drip, falling asleep and entering the world of the subconscious. The holy grail of this process is to reverse it, which is ‘inception’, the planting of a new idea in another’s mind. That’s the trick that experts Dom (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Arthur (Joseph Gordon Levitt), aided by new recruits Ariadne (Ellen Page) and Eames (Tom Hardy), try to pull off while hopping from Tokyo to Paris to Mombasa. They’re working for Saito (Ken Watanabe) in pursuit of business magnate Robert (Cillian Murphy), and their motives vary, from financial to intellectual. But DiCaprio has another driver: the memory of his wife Mal (Marion Cottilard) is haunting him and it’s going to take a lot of psychological spring-cleaning for him to reconnect with that lost world.

All hail Nolan for mastering a higher class of mass entertainment. Like all good science fiction, ‘Inception’ demands we pay serious attention to pure fantasy on the back of strong ideas and exquisite craft – but it also combines fantasy with real observations about our sleeping lives. Like a dream, Nolan’s film fades swiftly in the light – but while it lasts, it feels like there’s nothing more important to decipher.

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12A

UK release:

Fri Jul 16, 2010

Duration:

148 mins

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ahmed

Performances are great all round a movie which has wowed critics and veiwers. A fantastic performance by leonardo di caprio has been very deep to get into the charcter .

Vercantos

An amazing movie I loved the actors on here where they acted like it was really happening IT WAS AWESOME keep it up!

Vercantos

An amazing movie I loved the actors on here where they acted like it was really happening IT WAS AWESOME keep it up!

cholas

After watching this film it disturbs me to think that people managed to escape from the lunatic asylum to make a film assisted by perfectly sane people. Special effects were good .

Cactus Flower

Astonishingly good and really enjoyable, too. I'm amazed at the negative comments on this film. It's the best film I've seen by far in a long, long time. I had to watch it twice within a few days just because (a) it was so good I wanted to watch it again and (b) I knew there was going to be some pieces of plot I hadn't picked up first time around. A bit of a cross between the Matrix and James Bond, but not really like either, it's a really fantastic ride and gives your brain a workout too. What a clever film and what a brilliant director. The cast are superb as well.

Cactus Flower

Astonishingly good and really enjoyable, too. I'm amazed at the negative comments on this film. It's the best film I've seen by far in a long, long time. I had to watch it twice within a few days just because (a) it was so good I wanted to watch it again and (b) I knew there was going to be some pieces of plot I hadn't picked up first time around. A bit of a cross between the Matrix and James Bond, but not really like either, it's a really fantastic ride and gives your brain a workout too. What a clever film and what a brilliant director. The cast are superb as well.

Caracal

Absolutely brilliant! An ingenious plot never letting you relax. I was always on the edge of my seat. This is not the film to see if you like uncomplicated plots. This is a film you cannot not see, a must see. The ending was the best ending I've seen in a film. It left you thinking about it a long time after the film was finished! Amazing! One of the best films I've seen!

Caracal

Absolutely brilliant! An ingenious plot never letting you relax. I was always on the edge of my seat. This is not the film to see if you like uncomplicated plots. This is a film you cannot not see, a must see. The ending was the best ending I've seen in a film. It left you thinking about it a long time after the film was finished! Amazing! One of the best films I've seen!

Robert Thornton

Just watched on DVD, very poor quality at the start. I am just not impressed by special effects as I think they detract from the story and in most cases they are an addition for those that can’t appreciate a film without them. Nowadays a blockbuster must have them. To me the effects were padding which added to the confusion of the story and added at least an hour to this over long film. To understand it fully would require another viewing but I am not that interested in wading through most of it to get to the relevant bits. I really got bored with the endless snow scenes and couldn’t understand what was going on. DiCaprio seems always to be DiCaprio, exactly as he was in Shutter Island, at times Watanabe was not understandable. Not really impressed.

funkoxen

please dont listen to the one star idiots. This is simply oneof the best films of the last ten years. Its a little heavy and convoluted in places but visually amazing and incredibly stylish, smart and atmospheric, the soundtrack alone is worth the admition. The most talented british director currently working comes of age. criminally underated by all the awards but thats what you get for being unique. i happens to all the best films actualy.

funkoxen

please dont listen to the one star idiots. This is simply oneof the best films of the last ten years. Its a little heavy and convoluted in places but visually amazing and incredibly stylish, smart and atmospheric, the soundtrack alone is worth the admition. The most talented british director currently working comes of age. criminally underated by all the awards but thats what you get for being unique. i happens to all the best films actualy.

Deec

This film was ok but the whole idea was a little far fetched for my liking however having said that, when my laptop ran out of battery 20 mins before the end, i couldnt get the plug in fast enough to see what happened.

akhila

I think the film was harder to follow than it really needed to be.Don,t think the basic premise was that complicated,but it still seemed to confuse most people i know who saw it,including me.Potentially a good film but didn,t sustain my interest.

Arthur

Absolute tosh - terrible script that is suitably hammed up (hollywood style) - truly irresponsible and monstrous to spend so lavishly on such psuedo pretentious bollocks.

Ryan

Excellent film! Special effects, cinematography, direction, sound and acting all first rate! There is a plot which is understandable when you pay attention and the film does demand that really. Dealing with the content of dreams, i suppose anything can happen to a point and everyone can have their interpretation of it also! Thought it was brilliant! Hate people who rate negative, obviously film goers who like being spoon fed the plot with the general run of the mill hollywood rubbish!!

Ryan

Excellent film! Special effects, cinematography, direction, sound and acting all first rate! There is a plot which is understandable when you pay attention and the film does demand that really. Dealing with the content of dreams, i suppose anything can happen to a point and everyone can have their interpretation of it also! Thought it was brilliant! Hate people who rate negative, obviously film goers who like being spoon fed the plot with the general run of the mill hollywood rubbish!!

Santosh Pokharel

The movie was just awesome!!!u gotta give ur 100% every second, if u lose ur concentration on plot u gotta run out of story track!! Super stunts & special visual effects got me open my eyes wide!!! the use of phrases of universal truth lyk "u hardly remember d beginning of d dream" & d processes lyk "extraction" & "inception" was something very new, never heard abt!!! i just loved d movie!!!

Ian

Excellent! Very complicated story-line and at around 145 mins this is not a movie to see if you are feeling tired. Screenplay, direction, editing, photography, acting and music are all top quality.

Ian

Excellent! Very complicated story-line and at around 145 mins this is not a movie to see if you are feeling tired. Screenplay, direction, editing, photography, acting and music are all top quality.

iain

The film has some super stunts and special effects - and that is about it for me. It is far too long and it lost me after an hour. I was actually wishing it to end which i have never done before watching a film at the cinema. Disappointing...

JKScatena

I really enjoyed and thought it was quite clever. I'm surprised to see so many bad reviews over here...

JKScatena

I really enjoyed and thought it was quite clever. I'm surprised to see so many bad reviews over here...

James

Truly the worst film I have ever seen. In fairness, my wife didnt want to walk out so clearly some people found it at least bearable! Just utterly pointless story......my advice - if you do see this is to go see it own your own and sit at the front - that way you can be in the pub in no time!

frank

I love how people think that because they understood Inception, that makes the movie good, and them clever. Seriously, the only thing hard to understand about this overlong, overrated unimaginative Bond wannabe is how the hell it made so much money.

Superior being

The trolls who have to keep posting their puerile rubbish. This IS a very good film. Of course, make your own mind up, go and see it.

Superior being

The trolls who have to keep posting their puerile rubbish. This IS a very good film. Of course, make your own mind up, go and see it.

The Grand Rhetorician

I agree with Mr G, who's argument is far better. Jason E must have just turned 13, seeing as he's so proud to be over 12. Go and watch Transformers 2 again you cretin. No one care s what you have to say. If you don't understand a film, don't comment.

The Grand Rhetorician

I agree with Mr G, who's argument is far better. Jason E must have just turned 13, seeing as he's so proud to be over 12. Go and watch Transformers 2 again you cretin. No one care s what you have to say. If you don't understand a film, don't comment.

G

Jason E knows nothing about film and has crap taste as well. Hence the reason Nolans' worst film is his favourite. If you want to know if the film is any good, read Empires' review and ignore anything Jason E says ever.

G

Jason E knows nothing about film and has crap taste as well. Hence the reason Nolans' worst film is his favourite. If you want to know if the film is any good, read Empires' review and ignore anything Jason E says ever.

Lou

Completely overhyped. Would have been ground breaking about 10 years ago. A poor-man's (with no imagination) Matrix. What a waste of my life.

Nabil

hmm...its appears that the (silly) lot who do not appreciate this superb summer film seem to either find it "bowing" or "too simplisitic". Oh well, its Piranha 3d for the former and Another French Bourgeouis Mid-Life Crisis for the later. Superb movie and I pity the fools who didn't like it.

Nabil

hmm...its appears that the (silly) lot who do not appreciate this superb summer film seem to either find it "bowing" or "too simplisitic". Oh well, its Piranha 3d for the former and Another French Bourgeouis Mid-Life Crisis for the later. Superb movie and I pity the fools who didn't like it.

cas

First trip to the cinema in 8 months (new baby) and worth every penny. A great film allowing the audience to satisfy their blockbuster urges with a film that actually contains a plot. Take that Michael Bay. You're only allowed back in the classroom when you have rediscovered your imagination and filmmaking integrity. I guess all those one star reviewers didn't understand The Dark Knight either.

cas

First trip to the cinema in 8 months (new baby) and worth every penny. A great film allowing the audience to satisfy their blockbuster urges with a film that actually contains a plot. Take that Michael Bay. You're only allowed back in the classroom when you have rediscovered your imagination and filmmaking integrity. I guess all those one star reviewers didn't understand The Dark Knight either.

Viloletta

Inception is an empty box brimming with pointless action and CGI - the film technology is perfected against a complete loss in creating a memorable story. Like most of our own dreams this movie will be a whiff of static in a few weeks time.

Feedback321

I wish I had not wasted my money today seeing this film as it was not entertaining with a complicated story and unenjoyable. I don't recommend it

Paulon

Awesome brain expanding film. An explosion of imagination and magnificent original score. Can't wait to see it again

Paulon

Awesome brain expanding film. An explosion of imagination and magnificent original score. Can't wait to see it again

braindead

This film was so bad. Couldnt understand what was going on. Cant wait to see Expendables.

Simon

We went to the cinema on spec and Inception was just starting so chose it in preference to later starting films. What a mistake! After all the hype we really would have been better waiting for something slightly more compelling and involving like Toy story 3. After the first 5 minutes we said to each other “lets give it 5 more minutes then go if it does not improve�. We kept this up for about half an hour then gave up. During this time we saw some fantastic special effects but the plot was too complex for your interest in the characters or their objectives to follow. If the idea of dreams dreamt within dreams within dreams within, well you get the idea appeals then this is the film for you.

Lucid D

Best summed up as a wet dream of Mr Nolan...meaningless shooting, explosions, mindless and omnipresent dramatic music, exotic locations, expensive hairdos, gratuitous special effects and when it all calms down the absolute odds on favourite ending....a US border guard saying "Welcome home" to Leo as he gives him his passport back. Utter, utter cliche Hollywood tripe production of a promising idea.

htelos

forget bond bourne total recall this is about a man in deep limbo with his wife nothing else is real better than shutter island

Cappybear

I enjoyed it. I lost the plot once or twice, but it didn't seem to matter. My wife enjoyed it as well.

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