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Sunday, August 1st 2010 / Blog

Inception - movie review

Last night my Wife and I went to see Inception. I can pretty safely say it is the best movie we've seen this year!

The start of the movie is great, and it's one of those that just gets into it, with very little character building to be done. Bits and pieces of information about the characters are fed in small doses throughout the movie and makes you understand the characters, without knowing their complete history.

The movie revolves around a single concept, that people can enter your dreams to steal secrets from you. An 'Architect' can even design your dream scape, which you populate with elements of your sub-conscious and the infiltrator can navigate this to find your deepest darkest secrets.

The name of the movie comes from a more complicated version of this infiltration whereby you implant an idea in someone's sub-conscious mind. Make them change their mind about a decision or change their beliefs.

By now we're half an hour into the movie, with almost two hours still to go and they start planning the Inception.

To get deep enough into a person's mind they have to create dreams within dreams. They literally put the subject into a dream-state within their own dream and then enter that dream. Some of the coolest effects in the movie come from this concept and that anything that affects the dreamer's body also affects the entire world inside their dream. Loud noises and explosions for example can shake the world inside the dream.

Add to this the time-dilation of dream-states. You only have to enter a person's dream for a few minutes of real time to get the information you need. Five minutes of real time actually equates to an hour's worth of dream-time (because the brain is functioning faster when dreaming). Enter a dream within that dream and time will pass even slower (that five minutes could become a day or more).

With different people experiencing different states of the dreams and the movie crossing between each dream-state this results in quite a complex story line and as I previously mentioned most of the best effects in the movie take place during this time.

The end of the film had people in the cinema asking more questions as it's left up to the viewer to make their own mind up. it was a very good ending to a non-stop movie. I could hardly take my eyes off the screen for a second as you want to see what's happening every step of the way and want them to achieve their goal through this complex dream system.

Definitely a movie I'd watch again, maybe even later this year (or when the DVD is released).


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