Thursday, March 24, 2011

Inception (2010) (2nd time)

In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job to date: Inception. [imdb]

Nominated for 8 Oscars:

Best Picture
Best Original Screenplay
Best Cinematography (WINNER)
Best Original Score
Best Art Direction
Best Sound Mixing (WINNER)
Best Sound Editing (WINNER)
Best Visual Effects (WINNER)

When I first saw it on the big screen last summer, I was a bit confused, but definitely impressed - of course it works best when seen in a theatre, because it's such a visual & sound experience, and it deserves to be enjoyed the right way. But once the haters started to show up, I knew I had to give it a second look, in case I missed something; and I've watched it again on the small screen - and while it didn't get better, it was definitely quite fabulous.
Yes, I think not nominating Christopher Nolan is quite stupid; today nobody's doing action films like he does - his attention for detail when it comes to directing is breathtaking, and he's such a visionary, at least admit that. Never boring. Getting to the writing: of course it has its flaws, and it's a complicated structure (how could Mal have kidnapped Robert Fischer??), but I liked the idea, the fact that he really tried to make it clear yet never pushing it too hard (seriously!), and I loved the twist and the emotional love story.
Ellen Page shouldn't be in this movie, other than that: they're all great. I had a thing for Marion of course, I though Joseph was just right for the part, Cillian Murphy gives a fabulous limited performance, and Leo is not bad at all. I think the Cinematography definitely deserved the Oscar win, and I consider Hans Zimmer's music to be best in show and no doubt one of the most haunting, perfectly used scores of the past years. Genius.
My rating for the film: 8.5/10. Just because the 3rd act goes a bit too long, but it was closer to a 9, and what an achievement it is, in my opinion.


  1. How was it on the small screen?

    I still haven't seen it since the cinema as I'm worried it will lose a lot.

  2. I just saw it in home video. And still, it was exhilarating. I cannot imagine how great it will be in a cinema.

    I don't have issues with Page, I actually like her. Marion is obviously the best in show. Leo was really good. Nolan's direction was madness and intelligence that I just cannot accept the snub. Ever. The music is one of the best EVER.

    A fabulous movie which should have been more of a contender had it received the much deserved Best Director nom. If there is just justice in the world.....

  3. @Ben,

    well, it does lose a bit, but the twists of the film are still impressive, and I considering I hadn't seen it since July (I think), there was a nice feeling of remembering it, while it moving along.
    definitely appreciated Cillian Murphy more the 2nd time.

    Yes, the big screen experience is very impressive & overwhelming, especially in creating the enviroment for the sound and the music.
    I say the same thing for TRON: Legacy, which I've seen on a regular big screen (I hate Imax) but the first 20-30 minutes of that were probably the best movie experience of the year.