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July 18, 2010

Inception review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 5:20 pm
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Yes, Christopher Nolan can make a good movie without Batman (see post). No, Inception was never a sleeper. It had success written on it from the moment the first trailer released.

Sorry, just taking a moment to address some of the idiotic comments made after Inception opened on the high end of expectations on opening weekend at a solid $60.4 million domestically.

As of this writing, Inception sustained its remarkably high rating and remains on IMDb as one of the greatest movies of all-time. My friends didn’t see it that way, but they didn’t deny the masterful story. Easily one of the most intelligent sci-fi films ever made, it also made Yahoo’s Best Movie so far this year.

Leonardo DiCaprio‘s one of my favorite actors, but I found his performance trite and outplayed by his sidekick in the movie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Or perhaps Nolan presents opportunities to the supporting characters in his stories to shine, like how Heath Ledger won Best Supporting Actor for The Dark Knight. Either way, the entire cast was brilliant; not to be outdone were Nolan’s special effects in the dream world, such as the zero-gravity fight in the hotel hallway involving Gordon-Levitt.

I found out the definition of “epic” after watching this movie, and this is one epic movie you can’t miss.

Rating: 4 stars out of 4

Splice

A movie about a scientist couple involved in a cloning case that’s just asking for bad news. Criticized for being released in the summer as a relatively low-budget horror flick ($30 million), it failed to garner much attention, despite positive reviews and being in the running for “Best Film” at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

The film has some hit, “unconventional” sex scenes that are all very disturbing in their own way, and I enjoyed the film, but the main knock I’d have to say is how much the characters of Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley wavered in their feelings towards their creation. Great moral tale, but no sequel, please.

Also in Yahoo’s article, runner-up for Breakthrough Performance for the first half of this year went to Delphine Chaneac, who plays the disturbing creation, Dren.

Rating: 3 stars out of 4

BJ

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5 Comments »

  1. I don’t think Nolan was going for sappy. I’m with you, I can’t see anyone feeling sympathetic for Mal after she tried to incriminate him in her death, but are you supposed to feel for her or for Cobb? This is definitely one of those movies that need to be seen more than once to be fully appreciated.

    Are Brits making it on the Hollywood map now? I admire your high regard for Hardy, having nabbed two leads in the next two years. Gained 28 pounds of muscle for Warrior (2011)? GG!

    Comment by Bryan — July 21, 2010 @ 5:55 pm | Reply

  2. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I’m a heartless bastard. When executed correctly, movies can make me as sappy as a middleaged woman (see: the married life montage in “Up” and the final farewell in “Toy Story 3”).

    Cobb’s emotional journey is no doubt the driving force of “Inception.” The movie has sentiment, but almost borders on sentimental. The goal was simple: to get home to his kids. But that was overshadowed by Mal’s character and Cobb’s guilt of her death. How am I supposed to feel for a (fake) woman who is constantly sabotaging the protagonist’s plans, which ultimately means she’s sabotaging Cobb’s attempt to see his children. She gets no sympathy from me.

    I’m just picking nits here. Loved the movie.

    And yes, I saw “Bronson.” Odd movie — dark as hell and lacking in morals (an obvious nod to “A Clockwork Orange” — and brilliantly acted by Tom Hardy. Because of him, I’m really looking forward to “Mad Max.” He just might be my new favorite actor.

    Comment by Chris Le — July 21, 2010 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

  3. Yeah, Hardy was up there for me too alongside Gordon-Levitt. Their chemistry in the warehouse building made for good comic relief. Did you watch Bronson?

    First, Get Him to the Greek. Now this? Maybe you have a stone heart, but Nolan failed you with this movie then because he spent nine to ten years working on the script “to make sure that the emotional journey of his character was the driving force of the movie.”

    Comment by Bryan — July 21, 2010 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

  4. “Inception” was one crazy cinematic feat. I marveled at the execution and wondered how many times Nolan confused himself writing the script — he must’ve re-written the entire chain of events dozens of times. But for all the eye-candy and how much I appreciated “Inception” for keeping me intellectually engaged, it didn’t engage me emotionally. The whole Mal storyline, while important to Cobb’s development and depth as a character, didn’t hit home for me. Still, it was one of the top two movies of the year, with “Toy Story 3.” I will probably see “Inception” one more time, maybe two. And I rarely see movies in the theaters, let alone twice or thrice.

    Dude, you know who my favorite character was? The forger, played by Tom Hardy. I first got a glimpse of him in “Bronson” (http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/magnolia/bronson/). Keep an eye out for him. He’s a superstar in the making.

    Comment by Chris Le — July 21, 2010 @ 11:31 am | Reply

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